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Evening Prayer – 16 June 2018

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

A day of worship, meetings, fellowship, challenge, and prayer

We were reminded of our Baptismal vows today

Reminded as we were charged to do God’s work in the church

Reminded as we elected new leadership

Challenged by the word from the Prophets

Challenged to stand for Moral Revival in this land

Challenged to stand with The Poor People’s Campaign

Reminded that we as the Church have a sacred calling

To do Justice

To love Kindness & Mercy

To walk Humbly with God

As we seek to discern your call for the Presbyterian Church (USA)

May your Spirit guide us

May your Spirit strengthen us

May your Spirit encourage us

To be the voice of the Prophet in this world

To speak on behalf of the voiceless

To speak on behalf of the Immigrants

To speak on behalf of people of color

To speak on behalf of the marginalized

To speak on behalf of the LGBTQ community

Not only will we speak

We must empower

And may we do all in your spirit of Love and Justice

As we do so, hear this humble prayer

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Hearing the Cries of God’s People

Well said Shirley, well said!

A Pastor's Heart

It’s hard to know where to begin when the Attorney General sites scripture to justify separating children from their parents. I imagine the cries of both parents and children are breaking the heart of God, as we stray far from our values as a nation. There are no easy answers to the plight of refugees trying to flee violence in Central America. I don’t know what I would do in a similar situation facing  immigrants coming to our southern border. My instinct is that I would try to find a safe place for my children and myself, wherever that safe place was.

The kindest thing one can say is that Jeff Sessions is confused in his understanding of the Romans 13 text that he quoted.    The apostle Paul was encouraging new Christians in Rome to avoid doing anything that would cause trouble with Rome.   At the same time…

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Wisdom – Christine Valters Paintner

“Wisdom emerges from our experience; it is not learned through intellectual knowledge but through the heart. We gain wisdom from the moments of life which challenge us and stretch us.”

Christine Valters Paintner, PhD The Self-Study Online Retreat ~ Practicing Resurrection through Creativity and Archetypes

Evening Prayer – 15 June 2018

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

A long day of traveling complete

Meetings and fellowship and prayer

As we discern the business of the church

We work and pray together

Lord, send your Spirit upon us

Show us the way to be your witness

In a time where Scripture is perverted

Where it was once used to justify slavery

It is now used to rip families apart

It is used to justify children being caged like animals

Lord, forgive them

Lord, help us to shine your light

Lord, help us to be your love

Lord, help us to be your instruments

For all of your children we lift this humble prayer

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Making Sense

Jake, you spoke to my heart and you also heard the deepest groanings of so many… thank you for your powerful words!

Looking for God in Messy Places

Nothing makes sense. That’s how I read the author of Ecclesiastes when he says, “Vanity of vanities. All is vanity.” Repeatedly.

Maybe you’re a superstar in your chosen career. You’ve got a house in every state and the size of your stock portfolio makes Bill Gates feel small. So what! You’ll die like everybody else and your heirs will call themselves a big success if they manage to hang on to ten percent of that loot.

Then again, maybe you’ve washed your hands of the emblems of worldly success. Instead, you live among the poor. Feed the hungry. Comfort the suffering. Console the dying. 

Swell! You’ll be called a saint and admired by people who would never consider following in your footsteps. And then you’ll be worm food like everybody else. Trust me, the sun will keep rising and setting like it always has.

26D94E0F-5D9D-4CAE-87EE-288BE67AA12BNasty jerks live like kings…

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Verse & Voice – Sojourners – 15 June 2018

verse of the day

The Lord watches over the foreigner

and sustains the fatherless and the widow,

but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

– Psalm 146:9

voice of the day

St. Paul was an apostle not of laws (we are not justified by laws, he says in Romans), but an apostle of a person: Jesus Christ. The one who said, ‘I was a stranger and you did not welcome me’ (Mt. 25).

– Fr. James Martin, SJ

prayer of the day

Help us to win over our enemies by our love and wear them down with grace.

– Adapted from Common Prayer

Evening Prayer – 14 June 2018

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

Preparing for a week of National Denominational meetings

Wading through agendas and proposals

While hearing continued news of horrific behavior at the hands of the government

Lord, how have your children lost the plot so deeply

Lord, it isn’t about my pie or yours

Lord, send your Spirit like a mighty rushing wind

Blow away the cobwebs of hatred and fear

Blow away the cobwebs of bigotry

Blow away the cobwebs of misogyny

Blown away the cobwebs of racism

Like a mighty rushing wind, blow Spirit

Challenge us

Renew us

Strengthen us

Direct us

All for your love’s sake

In your mercy, hear the cries of your people

Dona Nobis Pacem et in Terra

Grant Us Peace on Earth

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…