Restore Resurrection: Creative Liturgy for Lent

This reflection was included in the order of worship each week during Lent, Holy Week, and Easter Sunday at The Sanctuary along with a photo of the altar table from the week prior.   First Sunday of Lent There is a place where old things, broken things, and things that have been cast aside accumulate….

Touch of God: An Invocation for Maundy Thursday

Loving God, we are reminded this week that you bound yourself up in this struggle, this flesh and blood struggle on our behalf. We forget that sometimes. We never stop asking for a fresh touch, but we don’t really expect it. We hope for new perspective, improved feelings, inspiration, all important things, but we never…

Prayers of the People: Those Who Aren’t Here

Risen Christ,   We gather today at this table to hear a sacred story and to share a sacred meal. Make us mindful of those with whom we gather that we might find your body re-membered in our community. Make us just as aware though, of those who cannot be present in body this day…

Prayer of Confession: Abundance for All

One:                God, we fast in spirit if not in body during this season, Many:           but we do not know hunger. One:                We sacrifice, Many:           but we do not know what it means to go without. One:                There are those around us who do know, Many:…

Shadowy Way: An Invocation for the First Sunday of Lent

Guide us God in this shadowy way we embark upon. We know that it is not ordained that we travel this road. There is no holy obligation to the season of Lent. Rather, we spend this next season taking up our cross by our own choice. We hope to finish this season knowing something more…

A “Baptist” Terrorist?

I would recommend never, ever, ever, EVER listening to Robert Jeffress, the lead politician at First Baptist Church in Dallas, but if you must, listen to this. It illustrates perfectly the circuitous logic of extremist religion in America. Note a few things: He begins by pointing out that Islam (not just radical Islam) is an…

Can You Hear Us?: A confessional prayer for peace and inclusion

God, we’ve prayed for peace on earth, we’ve prayed for justice for all. Why O God, haven’t we seen it yet?   Haven’t you heard us!?   We’ve prayed that you would make us bold and unafraid. But, what we’ve meant is simply that we’ll hide our fear under a thick shell of protectionism, isolationism,…

Sounds Impossible: A Call to Worship for the Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost, B

Focal Text: Mark 10:17-31 This call to worship was read at the beginning of a service which included a sermon on the command of Jesus to a wealthy man to sell all his possessions and give the proceeds to the poor. The sermon illuminated the difficulty of that task and set it in balance with…

Unburdened: A prayer following the shooting at Umpqua Community College

We gather so often in this hour feeling empty and asking you to fill us. We want to leave here with more. More love. More hope. More strength. More wisdom. Today though, God, we come not empty, but overburdened. We need to leave something behind. We’re carrying another word. We’re carrying 9 more names. We…