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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Morning has Broken

A Congregational Prayer written for August 18, 2013 Inspiration taken from Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens Dear Lord, This morning has broken, the birds have spoken, and we all woke in our homes and prepared ourselves, individually, to come here. Here, together, to worship you, Worship the King! Together we declare that you are the Lord of Heaven and Earth. Lord, you’ve called us to be one. May we learn to do so and through it show our family, our neighbours, our co-workers and our community the love that you have for them. Lord, as one, we ask for…

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Do Not Worry

Matthew 6:25-27 (NIV) Do Not Worry 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]? A Congregational Prayer written in response to the above passage. Dear…

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Chronic Pain is Exhausting

I have now lived with chronic pain for just about 3 years. Prior to that, I had a serious sports injury that saw me in initial pain but then a long 10 month recovery period. Looking back, I can say that the initial injury was the start of the time that I had to start adjusting my perspective on my abilities. This is an ongoing journey and something that is not “going gentle into that good night.” In many ways I’m only now coming around to the fact that I seem to have permanent physical limitations. That is really, really…

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It’s better when you doubt yourself!

One of my personal pet peeves are all of those meme’s that you see on social media that tell you to “look within yourself” or “only you can know what is best for you.” Things along those lies lines. Here is why I believe that you cannot look within yourself (aka your mind) to find the truth. Many years ago my dear grandmother passed away. At the time my son was 8 years old and he struggled in a really big way with his grief. He is, and was, a very physical child and emotion is a very physical emotion that…

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