A Few Pieces for Christmas Eve

Opening Prayer Holy One,We gather in the darkness of this nightTo remember the sacred story:The baby that has been born,The child that has been given.We offer our deep gratitude.We look ahead with anticipation.We place our world, our communities, our loved ones, and ourselvesIn your tender care.For the desperate, we pray hope.For the fearful, we pray…

Prayer from Ezekiel 37

Holy One, God of the valley, God of the wind, God who breathes life into the dry and the dead: Somehow we are part of your audacious and unsettling work of resurrection. We do not understand it. We barely believe it. And yet we hear the rattling. We see the sinews and flesh and skin.…

Offertory Prayers for Advent

Originally posted on Spacious Faith:
The four offertory prayers below are written for the four Sundays of Advent to coordinate with the Advent candle themes. ? Holy One, this Advent season we wait in hope. And we give in hope. Hope for your coming reign; Hope because of your presence with us even now. Receive…

Revelation!

This past Sunday I began a 4-week sermon series on Revelation (using the scriptures suggested by Working Preacher). Surprisingly, what I’m discovering as I study for this series is that I LOVE Revelation! The English nerd in me loves the genre of apocalyptic literature: the stunning images, the other-worldly quality, the connections to previous sacred…

Call to Worship: Psalm 33

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 33, New Jerusalem translation) Sing to God a new song! The faithful love of God fills the earth. By the word of God the heavens were made. By the breath of God’s mouth, the stars formed.The faithful love of God fills the earth. God collects the waters of the…

Extending the Table

At Peace Mennonite, we have been using the Narrative Lectionary this past year, which means we have the summer “off” to figure out our own worship themes. We’re kicking of the summer with “Extending the Table,” a 5-week series looking at meals in the Bible–and thinking about how we, as a church, can be more…

Trees to Climb: Luke 19:1-10

*This reflection is taken from the Peace Mennonite 2021 Lenten Devotional When we are kids, we color pictures of a guy sitting up in the branches of a tree. But when we get older, we know that the really important part of the story comes at the end. When this very wealthy tax collector declares…