Worship Words-January 17, 2021

What a time to be planning worship! May God grant you words and actions to both express/name what is and to call/proclaim what God wills to be. Feel free to use/read/adapt with credit to the listed author and revgalblogpals.org 1A.Opening Prayer by Barb Hedges-Goettl (GATE-L) O God, in this time of change and challenge, we… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

As we awake to news of children dying due to gun violence, the pandemic of racism, evil immigration policies, an administration that puts profits before people—leading to the violence of hunger and poverty and health desparities… …I was drawn back to this psalm I wrote for Words of Her Mouth: Psalms for the Struggle edited by… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

For those of us who mourn deeply and sometimes in secret this season, grant comfort For those of us whose history gets forgotten with holiday cheer, grant justice For those of us who are alone and have been banished from community and table, grant love We need you, O God. For those of us who… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Permission to Lament (Ruth 1:1-17)

Lament has been on my mind quite a bit lately. I carry it deep within my heart and right on the edge from where my tears pool. I feel it in my spirit, in the tightness of all of my muscles and within the stiffness of my too often clenched jaw. Maybe it’s because I… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

God, on this day in the middle of the week It becomes clear that You are “both/and” Both merciful and just Both leading and at the same time granting free will Both the ground of our very being and transcendent over all In a time that can seem very complex Help us to know that… Read More

Friday Prayer: Lamenting and Confessing

This week I was fortunate to be present for the A.C.T. Now! Anti-Racism Rally on the National Mall in Washington, DC. This prayer was born from my experience. When we do not see in one another the Imago Dei, we “other” them. May all who are Called be change agents for reconciliation and peace. Oh… Read More