Our Good, Good Father

[Written for January 22, 2017] Dear Father God, You are a good, good father. Your word shows this to us again and again. How you have worked throughout history, through times of plenty and times of little, through natural disasters and through human created catastrophes, through all kinds of leadership … because you are not limited or confined by any of them. These are our creations and things of our own importance. By your grace we get to make choices, have independent thoughts and opinions, and the amazing wonder of all of it is that you reassure us that in…

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In the Raindrop

Written for June 28, 2015 Dear Father God, We have come before you in worship today. We seek your presence through our acts of worship: the moments of song; the act of listening; the practice of giving; the small pauses of silence; may all of these bring conviction and strength to our faith.  We have gathered here today in a way that is not seen as normal by many of our peers.  Our motivations can be as simple as routine and doing what is right, or as complex as a grasp for hope and a plea for belonging. You have…

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For Leaders and the Persecuted Church

Written for November 23, 2014 Lord, Last week we came to you and we asked you for your safety and presence as we entered another week.  Today we come before you and we praise you. Throughout the week you were with us as we went on our travels in this city and for some beyond. You kept us safe on the roads, you protected us from countless times of near accidents and harm that likely didn’t even make our awareness. We thank you for our homes, in which we were kept safe from the cold, fed with food to keep…

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Of Baptism and Confession

Written for February 28, 2016 Dear Father God, We come to you today in celebration, having been able to participate in baptism. In 1 Corinthians 12, there is the description of the fellowship of believers as a body. A body of many parts, with each part important and necessary to the whole. Lord when we look at our youngest members we are struck at the remarkable miracle that is their life. Holding their little hands and looking at their little fingers we cannot help but wonder how we were once so small. We thank you so much for the life…

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For Community

Congregational Prayer written for March 30, 2014 Lord, As we gather here in prayer, help us quiet our minds and calm our hearts so that we may speak to you openly and honestly.  Thank you for the promise that you are always with us, even when we seemingly can’t find your peace that passes understanding. Lord we bring before you members of our congregation, some by name and also those who are not named.  There is pain, sickness and suffering.  There is mourning, sadness, hurt and fear.   Many of us have daily struggles that we don’t name here.  I think…

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