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Sunday Prayer: To Love My Enemy

You, O LORD, are God and you are my God

so teach me to love my enemy, which is my own spirit:
to love my spirit despite her cowardice and to believe
that she is capable of fierce strength for bold living.

Teach me to love my enemy, which is my own heart:
to love my heart despite her complacency and to know
that she can risk heartache for the sake of unbounded love.

Teach me to love my enemy, which is my own flesh:
to love my flesh despite her vanity and to trust
that she can bear God’s presence with perfection.

Teach me to love my enemy, which is my own mind:
to love my mind despite her judgments and to have faith
that she has the fullness of joy to recognize the foolishness of God.

You, O LORD, are God and you are my God. Amen.

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Saturday Prayer: Just Say No

Dear sweet baby Jesus,

I am a child of the 1980’s and with that came Nancy Reagan and the first lady’s campaign of “Just Say NO” this was about the “war on drugs” of course, which caused more hard than good, but for millions of elementary school students we learned to deflect peer pressure and say no to drugs.

She also taught us that abstinence was the only way and that if you have sex even once you will get pregnant, and well… you know how I feel about that.

Truth is, at the end of the day, the slogan has stuck.

And here we are, 30 years later and I find myself hearing these words over and over again.

I’m saying no to politicians and my government who wants to take away rights and alienate people. I’m saying no to times when reading about it and hearing the news of the latest lies makes me hopeless and despair.

I’m saying no to the world who draws me farther and farther from you.

Be with me, be with us, because I need to just say no for sanity’s sake, and say yes, to your call. Amen.

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The Reverend Shannon Meacham is the mother of two exhausting children Maggie and Gus, and she currently serves Ashland Presbyterian Church in the safest part of Baltimore, the suburbs. You can find her musings about any and all subjects on her personal blog pulpitshenanigans.com.


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Sunday Prayer: Life and Death

At your command, O God,
heaven and earth bear witness:

We sing of love
but romance death.

We reap in faith
but sow distrust

We pray for peace
but cherish gossip.

By your grace we would follow
heaven and earth’s witness:

Saying “no” to evil, to spite, to cowardice.
Pledging “yes” and “yes” to life before the throne of God.

Yes and yes to life in common purpose
with heaven and earth.

Yes by God. Yes to God.
Yes, Holy God. Let your wisdom be vindicated

as we dance in life, weep in life,
hold fast in life, and die in life. Forever in your life.

Let heaven and earth bear witness.
Amen.


Rachel G. Hackenberg is a United Church of Christ minister, soccer mom, blogger, and author. Her book Sacred Pause plays with words to refresh our relationship with The Word.


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Thursday Prayer

Nevertheless, She persisted.
The Spirit who spoke life into the world and into my soul.
The Spirit who called me into this wild, radical relationship with her very own justice, love, and light.
The Spirit who urges me to get up from my corner of sorrow and panic.
The Spirit who strengthens me to keep walking on.
The Spirit who forgives me and holds me while I heal.
The Spirit who knows I will mess up and we will mess up and we will keep forgetting and slipping and trying and remembering and breaking and healing and breaking and running and wandering and hiding and seeking and advancing and growing and learning and hoping and doubting and falling and sitting still again…
The Spirit who I told off and cut off.
The one that I, and well, the whole world, keeps rejecting, denying, and abusing…
The Spirit who we explain away and shush up.
That Spirit, She ought to know better by now. She ought to know us by now.
Nevertheless, She persisted.

O Sweet Spirit, keep on persisting…in me, in us, in all…and don’t ever, ever stop. Amen.


Rev. Erin Counihan serves as pastor at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in St. Louis, MO. She is a contributor to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, and blogs at http://www.somewhatreverend.wordpress.com.

 


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Sunday Prayer: Mercies Every Morning

Shout out, O God,
and do not hold back
as you survey the world
with the witness of heaven.

Shout out and cry aloud, O God,
for we have given you lip service
but failed to follow your ways.

In your mercy, do not punish the hungry
because we have not been generous.
For your sake, do not punish the poor because
we have not lived as their brother & sister.

Do not punish even the wicked for we
have been evil’s accomplice and
taught the ways of accommodation.

Shout out, O God, and weep
for the wisdom of this age
that does not know or
wait upon your secrets:
mysteries
of abundance
and paradoxes of love.

Whisper such secrets
like salt sprinkled for the delight
of every tongue, every heart, every life
until the earth is so full of faith
that no one goes hungry
or thirsty or lacks
shelter or family.

Whisper such secrets, O God,
that dawn’s light might
interrupt
midnight’s injustice,
that healing might emerge as an oasis
and your loved ones never evicted
into the wilderness again.

We set our hearts in awe of you
and (re)commit our ways to your way.

Always and only
for your glory.
Amen.


Rachel G. Hackenberg is a United Church of Christ minister, soccer mom, blogger, and author. Her book Sacred Pause plays with words to refresh our relationship with The Word.


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Thursday Prayer

 

“How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, indeed it faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy
to the living God.” -Psalm 84: 1-2

Whether in the streets calling for your justice, in the hospital praying for your help, at the party praising your name, in the sanctuary singing your songs, at the table sharing in your meal, home with family just sitting and being, making new friends and offering your peace….

Lord wherever I go, wherever I am…let me be in your dwelling place. May it dwell in me.

Amen.

 

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Rev. Erin Counihan serves as pastor at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in St. Louis, MO. She is a contributor to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, and blogs at http://www.somewhatreverend.wordpress.com.

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Saturday prayer – Blessing 

Women’s march in Portland Oregon January 22, 2017.


Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God.

What does our God require of us? To do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with our God.  

Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with our God.  

Blessed are the peacemakers. Do justice. Love kindness. Walk humbly with our God. 

Blessed justice. Kindness. Our God. 

Blessed God. 

Jennifer Garrison Brownell serves as designated term pastor at First Congregational Church -UCC in Vancouver, Washington. She contributed to the Revgals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit and is the author of the not-really-about-a-triathlon memoir Swim, Ride, Run, Breathe: How I Lost a Triathlon and Caught My Breath. She blogs at There Is a River.
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Thursday Prayer

O God,
I feel the rage coming on.
Okay, that’s actually garbage. I’ve been raging for a good bit already.
But my rage has gone from steaming to bubbling to spilling over.
And now it’s everywhere.
So gather us up. Me and my rage.
Pull us close. Hold us near. Help us focus. Help us know.
Which is our fight.
Which is our work.
Which is our action.
Which is our prayer.
Help us get at it.
Make us clever.
Make us fresh.
Make us fierce.
Make us holy.
Make us now.
Me and my rage.
Use us for good and for justice and for hope and for love.
With focus. With purpose. With strength. With passion.
For you.
Because of you.
With you.
O God.
Amen.

 

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Rev. Erin Counihan serves as pastor at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in St. Louis, MO. She is a contributor to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, and blogs at http://www.somewhatreverend.wordpress.com.

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Monday Prayer

Holy One how precious life is!
OUr years are fleeting,

When we look back at the passage of time – it seems impossible
Day to day
Week to week
Year to year
There it is gone!

And yet…
We are it in, and the future is frightening

God of all the things
Today I hand over my worries
My fears
My apprehension

What will be, will be
What I do with what I have is the here and now

Equip me; equip my friends; equip those I distrust and those I fear.
For if we are all equipped by you – really You, then I can trust the command “Do not fear”
Until that time…
Help me in my doubting and fear
Especially this week.
Amen


Julie Rennick is a Church of Scotland minister in Earlston, a rural village community in the Scottish Borders. She blogs at A Country Girl, writes for Spill the Beans and is a contributor to the Rev Gals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She is very happy to have wee Tabi in her life, a Sprocker Spaniel puppy.


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Thursday Prayer

O God,
God of wisdom and welcome,
God of justice and hope,
God who made me,
God who made people who look and act and think and function completely and totally, wonderfully and horribly, unlike me,
God who loves us both,
God who loves us all,
God who loves my rotten, raging heart,
God who hears your deepest scream-crying in the dark,
God who weeps when we break one another,
God who sees what we are doing,
God who feels what we are saying,
God who forgives our silence,
God who calls out real truth,
God who interrupts our hesitance,
God who doesn’t need us at all,
God who calls us to act anyway,
God who is good,
God who is good,
God who is good,
…Let’s go.

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Rev. Erin Counihan serves as pastor at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in St. Louis, MO. She is a contributor to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, and blogs at http://www.somewhatreverend.wordpress.com.

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