Lament: Brought to Speech (Psalm 13)

What is Lament? In January for the past 4 or 5 years we’ve participated in Peace Month with other churches from our Yearly Meeting. This January our focus is Lament and peace. We are going to talk about personal lament, communal lament, and more. You may wonder the connection between these two. What does lamentContinue reading “Lament: Brought to Speech (Psalm 13)”

On the Harm We Have Done

Here is a prayer from Walter Rauschenbusch (1861-1918) that seems as timely as ever, and one we ought to be praying regularly, especially given the state of the church and its too often unfortunate behavior in American society and politics. OUR Father, we look back on the years that are gone and shame and sorrowContinue reading “On the Harm We Have Done”

Prayer and Pointing the Finger (pt. 4)

This is the last of four short meditations on prayer based on Luke 18:9-14: “He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standingContinue reading “Prayer and Pointing the Finger (pt. 4)”

Prayer: Identifying Our Blind spots (pt. 3)

This is the third of four short meditations on prayer based on Luke 18:9-14: “He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standingContinue reading “Prayer: Identifying Our Blind spots (pt. 3)”

Prayer: Don’t Trust the Labels! (pt. 2)

This is the second of four short meditations on prayer based on Luke 18:9-14: “He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standingContinue reading “Prayer: Don’t Trust the Labels! (pt. 2)”

Prayers of Offense and Defense (pt. 1)

This week I have four short meditations on prayer based on Luke 18:9-14: “He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing byContinue reading “Prayers of Offense and Defense (pt. 1)”

A Prayer For All Those Beginning a New School Year

Today begins a new semester for many beginning or returning to college, and if seminary and graduate school has not begun for you it is just around the corner. Here is a prayer I want to offer to all of you as a new school year begins: Almighty God, in whose hands are all theContinue reading “A Prayer For All Those Beginning a New School Year”

Stations of the Lord’s Prayer (A Worship Resource)

This past weekend at our convergent Quaker retreat we had both programmed (planned) and unprogrammed (silent) worship. For the programmed worship on Saturday morning I planned an interactive worship time based around the Lord’s Prayer (a topic I am deeply interested in). In this post I’ve included a video and pictures of the various stations,Continue reading “Stations of the Lord’s Prayer (A Worship Resource)”