Creative Arts Prayer Activity: Peace

I thought that the night of the first presidential debate might be a good time to share this prayer activity with you all. It’s from the Fruit of the Spirit retreat materials–from Wednesday of Peace week. It was a good prayer practice for me this morning. (Maybe every day until I no longer have teenagers…

Wednesday Worship Piece: Memorial Day Prayer

Here is my humble offering for this weekend’s Memorial Day observance. You might recognize a passage from Isaiah 2:4-5 towards the end of the prayer. I have not formatted this as a responsive reading, but that could be easily done. Blessings to you in your life and worship this week. (If you are looking for…

Wednesday Worship Piece: World Communion Sunday

This is an adaptation of the traditional Great Thanksgiving liturgy that we used on World Communion Sunday a couple of years ago–and may use again this year.  The plain text is read by the leader and the bold is read by the congregation.  The hymn numbers given refer to Hymnal: A Worship Book. Great Thanksgiving…

Why God Says, “Do not be Afraid”

Throughout scripture, God sends people the message: “Do not be afraid.” To Abram, to Hagar, to Moses, to Joshua, to Daniel, to Mary, to Joseph, to the disciples. “Do not be afraid.” Sometimes, in the midst of my worries and anxiety, I bask in these words that come from the lips of angels, from the…

Ask the Pastor about the Murder of Osama bin Laden

I’ve been asked about this directly by at least two people.  While I usually love to share my opinions, I will admit I’ve been left a bit speechless by this one.  It’s taken me awhile to be able to say anything.  I don’t have a lot figured out yet, but I think I’m beginning to…

Of Sunshine and Suspension Bridges

Last Friday night I led a Lenten spiritual retreat for a small group from my congregation. As a logistical note, let me recommend the Hollis Renewal Center for anyone in the Kansas City area. Our group found it to be a hospitable, Spirit-filled place. (And the prices are quite reasonable as well.) I cannot begin…