Good Friday Prayer

Almighty, suffering God,whose love for us extends from the heights of heavento the depths of Mary’s womband even into the darkness of the grave,Receive now these prayers we offer at the foot of your cross:For those, like Jesus, who must flee their homelands for fear of violence.For those, like Jesus, with no place to lay…

Spacious Lent: Ash Wednesday Prayer Practice

The first Spacious Lent creative arts prayer practice is now available! For Ash Wednesday, you are invited to create a heart offering–to bring all of yourself to God as we begin this holy season. For this practice, I give a couple of options, the simplest of which requires only pen and paper, with optional colored…

Calendar Prayers

Good morning and happy Monday, friends! My intention for 2023 is to share posts on Spacious Faith at least twice a week. (Giving grace in weeks that involve vacation, illness, or as-yet-undetermined crises.) Wednesdays I will post words for worship, which may or may not be helpful for you in your particular context. But I…

A Prayer for Protection in a Time of Violence

I know I am not the only one worried about violence erupting in the United States in these days leading up to Biden’s inauguration. There have been threats of violence against churches and members of congress. Right wing groups have called for raids on every state capitol. Too many people with deeply held racist beliefs…

Prayer based on 1 Corinthians 13

Holy God, You call us “beloved” And you love us with a fierceness that is at once unsettling and comforting. May your Divine love dwell within us and be enacted through us so that No matter what language we speak Love will dance within each word we say; When you call us to stand up…

We Gather Together: A Prayer in the Wake of Violence

Holy One, Giver of life, Healer of our hearts, Healer of this world, We gather together in grief over the eleven people who were killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue, and over the pain and loss their families and communities are suffering; grief over the lies and hatred that seem rampant in our country…

World Communion Sunday Lament

We gather for World Communion Sunday in a world where women face restrictions to their freedom and threats to their bodies. Sexual intimidation and assault—against all genders—is used as a weapon of war and a means of establishing power. Survivors of sexual assault who dare to report are too often disbelieved, blamed for the “incident,”…

Prayer of Confession

This prayer is based on Isaiah 55. God, we are thirsty and you call us to your waters. But sometimes we try to slake our thirst from other sources. Forgive us when we turn away from the living water that you offer. God, we are hungry and you offer us bread without cost. But sometimes…

New Year’s Prayer

God of new life, God of life made new, I begin this new year as I ended the last– embraced by your spirit of love your presence of peace your gentle power. I leave behind the old year in the knowledge that Whatever I have done in the service of selfish desire; Whenever I have…