Tuesday Prayer

Tenacious God, You’ve said “be strong and courageous.”  And here we are with quivering hearts, apprehensive about what needs to happen. Do we really need to use our shaking voices? Will they listen to us or throw us aside? Will my one voice matter? I know what my task is.  I know how you are… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Sweet Alpha, Kind Omega- For the ones budding in the early stages of life, we give thanks. And then for the ones nearing the ends of things- for their last breaths their warm tears their last looks around this earth- with aching hearts, we thank you too. Prayers are building in our hearts. Emotions are… Read More

Friday Festival: Questions and answers

How did you sleep last night? Marilyn Pagán-Banks writes, Everything that has to be done, everything that should have gotten done, everything I did, everything I messed up, ev.er.y.thing plays out in my mind as I try to go to sleep and in those waking moments throughout the night. Read the rest of Body Talk, today’s UCC… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Angels and Demons Edition

The Revised Common Lectionary offers a number of great options for this Sunday! Will you be preaching on Jesus and the Geresene (or Gadarene) man who had been living with demons? If so, will you address the inconsistencies in the text – for example, the fact that Gerasa was over 30 miles from the Sea of… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Spirit if God who hovered over the earth at the dawn of creation- Our environment is standing up to us. Python-like teeth of tornadoes are ripping into buildings. Waters keep rising as floods steal lands, massacre plant life, and leave our neighbors without homes. And yet, we keep living as if we make no impact.… Read More

Friday Festival – Wrestling With Prayer

During Lent, I held a luncheon series on Ways to Pray.  We explored verbal prayer, writing prayer, movement prayer, praying through art, and praying through singing.  Through these experiences, all of us saw our communication with God expand – nudging each of us to open ourselves to the variety of ways we are called to… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Divine Dialogue Starter- For boundary training I would like to give thanks. Yes, it’s not easy to think of the do’s and the do nots of ministry. It’s not easy to continuously reevaluate ourselves, our power, and our place… But… It reminds me of my privilege which I must acknowledge. It reminds me of my… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Holy One who abides in my words- In my awkwardness and lovely lack of self-esteem, I second-guess the words which exit my mouth. Anxiety sets my mind on fire, igniting doubts, and the flames of overthinking spread rapidly. Reset my racing mind. Allow me to release the conversation. Relax my heart, and help me find… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

As we enter dimly-lit tunnels today, Holy Sojourner, may we sense you just ahead of us. You see the joy, the pain, the terror, the ecstasy before we experience it. Allow us to know that you travel just a few steps in front to be our guide through the dynamic turns in the road. You… Read More