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Thursday Prayer

When it all gets to be too much,

When the worries large and small wash over us,

When the last straw happens and keeps happening,

When we don’t have a chance to catch our breath,

Be our deep breath.

Be our persistence.

Be our burden-shoulder-er.

Be our holder-upper.

Thank you.

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Monica Thompson Smith is a Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, serving as stated supply pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Luling, TX. She is a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit.


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Wednesday Prayer: Grounded

 

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Kerr County, Texas, 2010. Photo by Monica Smith.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear.  Psalm 46:1-2a

Eternal God,

Keep us grounded, rooted, stuck

Firmly in you.

Cradle our faith in you when we have trouble holding it there  ourselves.

Be our refuge. Be our strength. Be present. Be our help. We need you.

Amen.


Monica Thompson Smith is a Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, serving as stated supply pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Luling, TX. She is a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit.


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Thursday Prayer

Lord, help me be faithful.
As it gets more complicated and messy.
When each decision feels so very important.
When words won’t come. When actions fail.
Drown out the threats and fear and doubt.
Fill me with faithfulness. Shower me in hope. Spark in me, and us, and all your people – a new urgency. A fierce love. A bold witness. Born out of faith. And confidence. And focus. On you. With you. From you.
Your story. Your relationship. Your grace. Your justice. Your mission. Your love. Your You.
O Lord, right now, whatever comes, whatever is, whatever you’ll have me do and say and try and be….
Help me be faithful.
Help me be faithful.
Help me be faithful in serving you.
Amen.

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The Rev. Erin Counihan serves as pastor at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in St. Louis, MO and blogs hardly ever at all these days at http://www.somewhatreverend.wordpress.com.

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Saturday Prayer – Snow Day Gratitude

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For the snow, thank you.

For the footprints of happy dogs in the snow, thank you.

For the cloth that the snow throws over a table, as if getting ready for a party, thank you.

For a wheelbarrow full of snow that any day now will melt into water, insurance against next year’s drought, thank you.

For the sun, just about to come up over the fence and the trees, just about to sparkle on dogs and tables and wheelbarrows and me and friends and strangers and this new day, thank you.

Amen.

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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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Saturday Prayer – What first?

What should I do first, God?
Should I eat or exercise or read this morning’s news?
Should I write the thing, or tidy the thing, or build the thing?
Should I apologize to someone or thank someone or tell someone I love them?
Should I organize or resist or weep?
Should I rake or shovel or plant?
Should I make love or make up or make do?
Should I drive or walk or ride?
Should I seek or find or hide?
Should I shop or pack or plan?
Should I lean in or dig out or lift up?

Or should I sit?

Should I look out the window
with no word, no action –
just my eyes and your world
just my breath and your Breath?

Amen.


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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RevGalBookPals: The Cure for Sorrow

There are some books that you just need. Not because you are a pastor or a particularly dedicated lay person or because you preach or are waiting for a call or are even a Christian, but you need this book because you are human. You need this book because it will give you words for when you don’t have them and it will help you shape your own words of which you feel you have too many.

Jan Richardson‘s The Cure for Sorrow: A Book of Blessings for Times of Grief is such a 512z96heoql-_sx312_bo1204203200_book. Written after her husband’s unexpected death in the days, weeks, and months that followed, this book is a rending and ashen path of what it is like to feel the gape, pull, and scar of deep grief. Each blessing is like a contract with the reader- words that Richardson has rolled around in her heart, head, hands and is giving to you, like a rough-edged rock, to handle and contemplate.

The titles like “Blessing in the Anger”, ” Blessing for Falling Into a New Layer of Grief”, “Blessing for Dining Alone”, or “Blessing of Courage” draw you to their pages only to find what you didn’t expect. These are not hearty, feasting blessings nor are they small amuse-bouche snippets. These are the bone broth of blessings- the words and phrases that come when everything else has been stripped away, most nourishing and the violence of the sourcing was inescapable.

It will take your breath away/ how the grieving waits for you/ in the most ordinary moments. (42) 

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People will want to help/ when you cannot know/ what could help, what could ever make/ the world stop falling away/ from beneath your feet,/ from your heart that/ will never be here,/ will never beat here,/ in the same way. (27)

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Because I do not know/ any cure for sorrow/ but to let ourselves/ sorrow. (122)

Do not buy this book anticipating funerals or how it be useful in Lent or on Longest Night or even for a friend. I recommend this book for you- a book to read when you feel your feelings, think your thinks, and are overwhelmed by the doings of the day. There is deep grief afoot in the world and in our lives. It is good to have a friend who speaks the language. A Cure for Sorrow is the friend that such a horrible, quotidian journey requires.

 


The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage, AK. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit. 


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Monday Prayer

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Embracing One,

on this Second Day of holy awakening

our hearts overflow with the joy of your presence among us.

Help us, as we behold your tender face,

to rest in the wonder

of what you reveal to us,

and to breath in the fragrance

of your compassion and mercy.

Draw us to the delight of your nature,

that we may reflect it to the world in which we live,

and share the mystery of the Word made flesh.

You hold us in your palm as we adore.

Amen.

 

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Thursday Prayer: My Really Real Advent Prayer

Hold on.
Be faithful.
Keep watch.
Prepare the way.
Have patience.
It’s on God’s time.

O Lord, I’m so sick of waiting.
We need you.
Come fix this.
Use me. Use us.
But please.
Do it.
Now.

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 – New Year’s Eve

Holy One,

There are many ways to count time, but for us today is New Year’s Eve.  Tomorrow, preachers will proclaim to many different congregations in many different places that it s a day to begin anew.

As we turn to a new year, the beginning of Advent, we preachers read and think and study and prepare, so that we might guide those placed in our care into your transformative grace.

May we remember that transformation, grace, the proclamation of new life is not just for other people.  Those gifts are for us too.  Inspire us, so that our study becomes prayer. Help your preachers also, on this New Year’s Eve,  to begin anew.

Amen.


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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Saturday Prayer -Simple

In complicated times,

Holy Friend,

remind us of Your simplicity.

“You are the light of the world.”

“Do not be afraid.”

“Love one another.”

“Come out.”

“I will be with you.”

Amen.


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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