Saturday, April 27, 2013

Easter 5 C Sunday prayer

Oh God who created all things including humans, we praise your name for you faithfulness.

We praise you just as all of the creatures of the earth sing your praise.

We look forward to that day when we live with you in our eternal home.

In the meantime come make your home in us.

Come into our neighborhoods, our work places, our schools.

Come live in us Lord.

We await the day when every tear will be wiped away and there will be no more grieving.

In the meantime Lord, wipe our tears when we do mourn our losses, like those in West Texas after the explosion.

We look for the day when there will be no more sickness, in the meantime when we are ailing bring your healing touch to our lives.

We look for the day when all things will be new,

 in the meantime renew our tired land, our old falling down housing, our broken systems, our empty spaces of worship and our aging bodies.

We await that day Lord, when your justice, your love, your mercy rules and thy kingdom has come.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Prayer for Easter 4C

You are our Shepherd,
Jesus said he was the Good Shepherd.
But God if you are the good Shepherd, why?
Why must we be so violent? Is it because we don’t trust you as our good shepherd?
Where are you if you are the good shepherd?
Its not just in Boston or New York that people are killed by bombs
Its everywhere God.
It doesn't much feel like green pastures or still waters.
But we need you to make us lie down in green pastures and to lead us beside the still waters.
We all need green pastures and still waters to sooth our souls.
Lord we walk through some dark valleys now with the violence in the world.
We walk through our own dark valleys of death, illnesses, crisis, hardships, and tough times.
We want to believe and to not fear evil, but God sometimes we do fear.
How can this world feel safe if you can even run in a race or
walk in a run/walk event anymore without worrying if there is a bomb planted at the finish line.
We aren't always sure you are there right beside us.
But Lord we all need you right there beside us, guiding us, protecting us and comforting us.
God, our Shepherd we need you to prepare a feast for all of us,
Especially all who are hungry.
We need you to anoint our heads with your oil.
We need goodness and mercy to follow us all our days instead of the hatred, badness, mistreatment,
Bullying, and harming one another.
We all need to live in the house of the LORD our whole life long for there we find peace, your peace that overcomes that which is mean, violent and hard in this world.

Wait a minute Lord,
 it’s us you need to bring the goodness and mercy,
 peace and reconciliation into this world.
It’s us that you need to work toward justice and nonviolence so that we can have shalom in this world.
It’s us that need to prepare the feast for all and homes for the homeless.
But God, we want to remain safe and secure.
We don’t want to go to help change the world.
We are afraid.
We don’t want to be the ones you called to go into all the world and make disciples.
Lord forgive us, encourage us, equip us, and yes, send us Lord to change our world.
And Lord go with us as the Good Shepherd of the world. Amen

Based on Psalm 23 

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Interfaith Solidarity Service for Boston

Last night, we attended the Interfaith Solidarity Prayer service in Big Spring Park to show support for the victims of the Boston Marathon.  It was done very well. Here are some pictures of my children at the service.  I have had a hard time wrapping my mind around this.  I was moved by Suzanne Taylor's story, who had crossed the finish line five minutes before the bomb exploded at the marathon. My friend Rabbi Beth Bahar closed the event with a very moving prayer. She reminded those who gathered that taking a sense of peace, hope and courage into the community becomes one way that each person can push against the forces of violence and hatred.

Kara is in the individual photo.

Kate and Kara fed the ducks while we waited for things to begin.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Prayer for Easter 3c

God, our God,

You stay by us day and night and.

You deliver us from life’s messes.

We thank you God.

We thank you that you hear us when we cry out for help.

You love us, you heal our wounds, and you deliver us from our downheartedness.


We pray for those who are grieving that the time of their weeping

may not last forever but be turned into days of joy.

We pray for those who are in the midst of a crisis

that you guide them through the crisis and that they find their strength in you.

We pray for those who are sick and ailing that they may find

 peace, rest and restoration in you.

Lord you make yourself known to us in so many ways,

help us to not miss those moments.

And just as you told Peter to feed your sheep you call us to feed your sheep today.

Lord may we be faithful to loving you and feeding your sheep.
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Saturday, April 06, 2013

Sunday Prayer for Easter 2C


We are your Easter people living in the hope of resurrection.

Yet, we live in a world that is increasingly more difficult to live in

Lord we need hope and we need to share that hope with others.

Lord we prayer for those whose world may still be covered in the darkness of grief

instead of the sunlight, lighten their load of grief.

We pray for those who are ill, in the hospitals, facing surgery, or going through treatments,

Sustain them with your loving care.

We pray for those who live with chronic illnesses, Surround them with your peace and faithfulness.

Lord may we be messengers of Easter hope to those in need by our word and deed.

May we be your Easter people bringing restoration and justice to this hurting world.

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