Friday Prayer: Overpacking

God- You and I both know that I am over-packer. Three pairs of pants when one would be fine. More underwear than necessary because who, but You, knows what might happen. Several books, craft projects, and two journals because I always end up with extra free time… except that I don’t. It seems likely that… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Peace for Gaza

I would like you to take a few moments to picture the following: Imagine an area of land that is only a mere 360 kilometers, is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, and is surrounded by a tall barrier wall that shuts those who live inside the borders out from the… Read More

Saturday Prayer – After Violence

Dear God, Your children gather in concert halls, on trains, on buses. We pray for their protection, for their prospering, for their joy. But sometimes, evil has its way.  Sometimes the tools of evil – the knife, the gun, the, bomb –  seem stronger than your love. So we, Your children gather on city streets,… Read More

Sunday Prayer: Peace

What we have not imagined, O Christ, you have called into being: the radical repair of relationships, the unusual alliance of predator & prey, the unexpected repentance of the aggressor. What we have not embodied, O Christ, you have required of our being: harmonizing instead of grandstanding, generosity at the expense of selfishness, faithfulness to… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: An ADVENTure in Justice and Peace

Revised Common Lectionary readings for the Second Sunday in Advent, Year A from Venderbilt Divinity School. Peace. We could all use a little peace right now. There are battles all over the world, but the situation in Syria is especially dire. Many people live in oppression. People are protesting over lack of clean water, or… Read More

Narrative Lectionary — God Loves THEM? Edition (Jonah 1:1-17; 3:1-10 [4:1-11])

On October 23, during the fellowship time after worship someone said my sermon (about the house and heir of David) made him start to think about a question. How do we get past a tribal God? I have no idea where he got that from my sermon that day. But gee I hope he is… Read More

Friday Prayer: Lord, Turkey

God of all nations and people, We watch in horror the events that are happening to your children in Turkey. As schools are closed, media is silenced, jails are filled, threats uttered, and murders are carried out in the name of “justice”, we shudder. We grieve. Do not let us forget to pray for those… Read More