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A few years ago I wrote this prayer for Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday. I have since expanded it and have shared it with the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America to be used in their resources. Feel free to use in your congregation or community service.
God of Deborah and Samuel,
Here is an additional Call to Worship for Thanksgiving Sunday:
Call to Worship (from Psalm 111)
Praise the Lord!
We will give thanks to the Lord with our whole heart!
Great are the works of the Lord,
Wondered by all who delight in God.
Full of honor and majesty is […]
I’m going to say it:
I’m sick of praying.
God, I’m sick of praying after gun violence.
I’m sick of praying that this won’t happen again when I know it will.
Another parent will be grieving soon. Another community will be reeling.
Another school will wonder what it could have done to protect its students.
Revised Common Lectionary: Job 1:1, 2:1-10 or Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 8 or Psalm 26; Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:4-12; Mark 10:2-16
Narrative Lectionary: Moses and God’s Name, Exodus 1-2:10, 3:1-15 (Matthew 12:26-27a)
Suggested readings for World Communion Sunday: Proverbs 9:1-6; Mark 14:17-26 or 1 Corinthians 11:17-26, 12:12-26
We begin with Job, another story from the Wisdom literature, […]
I struggled to write this prayer this morning, because often we pray without acting. Liturgy is “the work of the people.” Liturgy must move us to act. I fear that my words often are just to make myself or others feel better, but I pray that these words may call us to action. I write […]
Revised Common Lectionary: Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17
Narrative Lectionary: God’s Love Poured Out, Romans 5:1-11 (Matthew 11:28-30)
I have included some resources for Mother’s Day below. It is always good to remember that Mother’s Day is not a celebratory day for many, and it is not a liturgical holiday. There […]
I wrote this Prayer of Lament back in November, after there was no indictment in the death of Michael Brown. Rather than writing a new prayer now after the death of Freddie Gray, I find these words still ring true for me. We have a long way to go. We cannot pray for […]
Earth Sunday Scripture Suggestions (Earth Day is April 22nd—can be celebrated on the 19th or the 26th): Genesis 1:24-2:4a or 2:4b-25; Psalm 104; Colossians 3:1-15; Matthew 6:25-34
These are Scripture passages I have chosen for a possible Creation Care Sunday to correspond with Earth Day.
Genesis 1:24-2:4a describes the final day of creation and […]
Revised Common Lectionary: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20); Psalm 139: 1-6, 13-18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51
Narrative Lectionary: Tempted in the Wilderness, Matthew 4:1-17 (Psalm 91:9-12)
The Hebrew Scriptures in the Revised Common Lectionary this season focus on the call of God, the voice of God that calls forth light and calls forth prophets. The […]
Revised Common Lectionary: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126 or Luke 1:46b-55; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28
Narrative Lectionary: Light to the Nations, Isaiah 42:1-9 (Matthew 12:15-21)
(I have included a special prayer at the end, as it is the 2nd anniversary of the Newtown shootings on this day)
We begin with Isaiah telling those […]