Blessing Of The Backpacks: A Prayer For The Start Of School

Liturgies and prayer often mark moments of transition. Baptism, marriage, confirmation, and reconciliation are examples of that. What about beginning the new school year? It also is a time of transition. The new year represents growth and change; moving to a new classroom, school, or town; more responsibility and maturity. Below is one possibility for a blessing of the backpacks and a prayer for the … Continue reading Blessing Of The Backpacks: A Prayer For The Start Of School

Let Us Dare To Pray (And Not Just For What We Want) – A Sermon On Luke 11:1-13

Proper 12 C – Luke 11:1-13 “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.” It would sure be a lot easier to hear and preach today’s gospel (Luke 11:1-13) if it weren’t for all the unanswered prayers in our lives. I’m not suggesting that our prayers never get answered the way we … Continue reading Let Us Dare To Pray (And Not Just For What We Want) – A Sermon On Luke 11:1-13

Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Prayer, Violence

A Prayer For Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Each year October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. 1 in 15 children … Continue reading A Prayer For Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Refugees, Displaced Persons, Migrants, Immigration, Litany, Prayer, Episcopal Migration Ministry, Holy Family

 A Litany of Prayer for Refugees, Migrants, and Displaced Persons

For the refugees, migrants, and displaced persons of this world, Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cry come to you. O God, do not be silent; Do not keep still nor hold your peace, O God.  God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, Have mercy upon them.  God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy upon them.  God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier … Continue reading  A Litany of Prayer for Refugees, Migrants, and Displaced Persons

Advent 1B, Mark 13:24-37, Isaiah 64:1-9, Sermon, Presence, Watchfulness, Apocalypse

“I just needed to be reminded.” – A Sermon on Mark 13:24-37 for Advent 1B

“We didn’t do it that way when we were kids.” “This isn’t the America I remember. It’s not like it used to be.” “The world is a different place these days. It’s changed.” “This isn’t the church I grew up in. I don’t know what happened to that church.” “Back in my day….” “This isn’t the life I planned and worked for.” You could add your own version. There’s a thousand variations on this theme. They all seem to me to have a common thread or question running through them. Here’s the question: What is going on in our world today? What’s happening? Continue reading “I just needed to be reminded.” – A Sermon on Mark 13:24-37 for Advent 1B

Interfaith, Dialogue and Friendship Dinner, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikh

A Prayer for Interfaith Conversation and Friendship

I recently had the opportunity to attend the 12th Annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner sponsored by the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest. Diverse people, cultures, and faiths gathered around a meal and conversation to create new friendships and deepen mutual understanding. I was privileged to offer a prayer at the beginning of the evening. Other prayers were offered by a Catholic priest, an imam, a … Continue reading A Prayer for Interfaith Conversation and Friendship

Forward Day by Day, Psalm 62:1, Silence, Prayer

Prayer Begins When the Words End

Psalm 62:1. “For God alone my soul in silence waits; from him comes my salvation.” One Sunday, years ago, I knelt to pray before the liturgy began, as was my usual practice. I always had something to tell or ask God. This day, however, was different. I had no words. It wasn’t that I had nothing to say—I simply lacked words capable of expressing what … Continue reading Prayer Begins When the Words End

Syria, Omran, Aleppo, Prayer, Refugees, Social Justice

Aleppo Doesn’t Need Our Prayers

A few days ago I posted A Litany of Prayer for Aleppo. I was and still am heartbroken and overwhelmed, maybe even possessed, by what is happening in Aleppo. Omran has become for me an icon of that tragedy. His face and silence are ever before me; waiting, questioning, and convicting. I could not not pray. I also know, however, that Aleppo is just a microcosm of … Continue reading Aleppo Doesn’t Need Our Prayers