Tag: prayer


26
Mar 2019
Lent 3 - Prayer Chair

Settle into a chair, breathe deeply, and make the following prayer your offering to God. For losing touch with the big picture and what’s important… forgive me. For the times when I’ve lived to work rather than work to live… forgive me. Help us be truly present to you, O God. Help me be mindful that my connection to you exists right here in the present, and putting off time to tune in to you right now robs me of the deep peace and assurance you have to give. In this moment......

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19
Mar 2019
Lent 2 Prayer Chair

Settle into a chair, breathe deeply, and make the following prayer your offering to God. For the times when I have put the to-do list before reaching others… forgive me. For the times when I isolated myself to “just push through it”… forgive me. Help me find the place of balance, O God. Help me be mindful of my need and others need-to be in relationship. Help me stop and find that relationship with you as you invite me to beautiful and serene moments of life like this one. In this moment......

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13
Mar 2019
Lent 1 - Prayer Chair

Settle into a chair, breathe deeply, and make the following prayer your offering to God. For the times when I have run myself and others ragged… forgive me. For the times when I have asked of myself too much or too little… forgive me. Help me find the right tempos for the right times, O God. Help me be gentle in my learning and growing–with myself and with others. Help me step back when the toxic and overbearing pace of life that I believe I must adhere to in order to live......

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11
Mar 2019
Tempo

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.    Reflect:  What is your tempo? We discover that each of us has a tempo that fits well, that energizes us. What tempo gives you life and energy? What tempo of life feels toxic to you? What is the cost? Reflect and Practice: In worship, we have begun......

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12
Feb 2019
Prayers in Action

An important aspect of climbing any mountain in our life…is prayer!  Communing with God and leaning on God’s guidance can not only get us up the mountain, but can also give us new perspective. I have found prayer a theme in my life lately.  What I mean is that, I have been drawn to prayer in new ways.  The first book that I have begun reading in 2019 is C. S. Lewis’ Reflections & Essays on How to Pray.  I have engaged in a personal prayer journal for the new year.  In small......

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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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