Tag: prayer


15
Sep 2018
A Guide for Worship (the work of the Lord)

Worship.  Like many of you, my soul does not feel at peace when I am not in the hallowed walls of the sanctuary on Sunday mornings at 11:00 am.  Our traditions and habits have ingrained in us a sense of responsibility to honor God in a particular way in particular place.  Those traditions and habits form us into the Christians we are.  Thanks be to God.  So, I miss not gathering together this morning with each of you.  There’s a piece of me that is missing by not being with you. Yet,......

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28
Aug 2018
Breathe

Today, join me in what I call Breath Prayer. I have used this way of praying for about a decade now. I find it comforting, calming, and centering in my life and in my relationship to God. Here is how it works: Step 1: Close your eyes.  Focus on your breathing.  In and Out.  In and Out. Step 2: Say the following phrase as you breath in and out: Breathing In, I breathe in the life of Christ Breathing Out, I breathe out the work of Christ Step 3: Read through the......

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21
Aug 2018
A Prayer for Light

This morning, I will be leading prayer for the region (North Carolina Disciples of Christ) via conference call.  I wanted to offer this prayer to each of you as well…I pray for our church and community that we may continue to seek God’s light in the darkness. In the style of Lection divina (or Divine Reading), this morning I invite you to pray the scriptures along with me.  In addition, if you have a candle nearby, take a moment and light it and place it next to you.  Allow this candle to......

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01
May 2018
Love is Connecting the Dots

  I love God. I don’t just believe in God. I love God. And I’m pretty certain that love is more important than belief. After all, one of the most significant and celebrated passages of the Hebrew Bible (which Jesus quoted when asked about the greatest commandment) is Deuteronomy 6:4-5… Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. (NIV) Yet even on the best of days, I tend to question my love for God. I ask myself, How do I......

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06
Feb 2018
Healing Touch

Touching someone’s life is powerful. Prayers, visits, phone calls, cards of encouragement, meals, sitting together, singing together, listening together…these all have tremendous power to bring healing into our lives. This is part of the message I shared on Sunday. And I threw some research and data at you all that showed exactly how powerful touching someone’s life within a community of faith can be. But numbers and research can be a bit overwhelming when it is just spoken. So, I want to share that with you again today in writing. Power of......

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28
Aug 2017
Back to School Prayer

Below, you will find an updated prayer list for the students and teachers connected to our church family.  Please hold onto this list throughout the school year and remember our teachers and students. Dear God, the creator of Wisdom,  teach us all!  May we remember that you are our guide and guardian.  Lord, as the new school year begins, be with our teachers and students.  Protect them, encourage them. Provide people to cross their paths that will encourage, love, and support them.  May each child and teacher be a witness to your......

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15
Aug 2017
Prayer for the Peacemakers

This evening, as our family drove home from dinner, we were greeted in Angier by a beautiful pink sunset.  Something about the carefully crafted colors that were woven together and blushed by the fluffy clouds was comforting.  There was something in this sunset that spoke “Peace, be still.” I am a peacemaker.  And being a peacemaker is tough work.  I am reminded in these days following the Charlottesville conflict and after hearing about many brooding conflicts in our nation and around the world how important peacemaking is.  And…I have had conversations with......

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24
Jul 2017
The Beauty of a Sigh

A sigh is so easily misunderstood. By definition, to sigh is to “emit a long, deep, audible breath expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or a similar feeling.”   A lot can be wrapped up in a sigh.  I often let out sighs after moving a heavy piece of furniture, or laying my head down on pillow at the end of a tiring day, or when I try to communicate clearly to someone just to be misunderstood.  Literally, a sigh helps lighten the load…physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The Romans passage for this week says, for we......

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01
May 2017
Reading Holy

How many times have you heard the 23rd Psalm?  Really?  Can you even count?  When is the first time you heard the 23rd Psalm?  Did you memorize the 23rd Psalm as a child?  Did you repeat the Psalm at an important time in your life?  Did you hear it at a funeral for someone dear to you?  What images are stirred up when you hear this Psalm? On Easter Sunday, Pastor Jason encouraged us to close our eyes and listen to the scripture of Jesus’ resurrection as if we were hearing it......

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22
Feb 2017
Transform Us

Sylvia Dunstan, a Canadian born minister and hymn writer, focused much of her hymn writing career on creating lyrics that were based on Scripture.  This week, leading up to Transfiguration Sunday, I offer the texts of one of her hymns to you.  This particular text is a prayer that we may be changed like Christ was changed on Mt. Tabor.  So, in this middle of this week, pause to pray and reflect on these powerful words based on Matthew 17. Transform Us Transform us as you, transfigured, stood apart on Tabor’s height.......

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