I was raised in the Churches of Christ – a faith tradition in which prayer is seen as a form of self-expression. For those who come from this tradition, and other similar ones, good prayers are made up of words that are simple and extemporaneous. I have often found such prayer to be moving because it has a feeling of raw honesty and imm [...]
Give us grace, Lord, to boldly announce the arrival of your Kingdom, bringing Good News to the poor and hope to the oppressed.
Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous [...]
The lectionary texts for this week include the Psalmist’s declaration of patience that translates so wonderfully into English – “my soul in silence waits.” They also include two texts (Jonah 3 and Mark 1) that resonate with the Epiphany’s theme of calling and discipleship. Here are the scheduled texts:
Psalm 62: [...]
Almighty God, your Son Jesus brings light into darkness. Help us, through Scripture and the breaking of bread, to be filled with that same light, so that – through us – the glory of Christ radiates throughout the world.
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, [...]
The lectionary texts for this upcoming Sunday include the calling of Nathaniel, whose skepticism of Jesus’ authenticity was quickly dispelled when Jesus is able to peer into his soul. “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?” Jesus asks, ” You will see greater things than these.” And from there, [...]
Father in heaven, at his baptism, you revealed Jesus as your beloved Son, and placed within him your Holy Spirit. May all of us who are baptized into his name recognize and honor him as the one, true Lord of your creation.
Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anoint [...]
The lectionary texts for this week center on the Epiphany (the occasion where Jesus was visited by the Magi from the East). In this remarkable story, God reveals the birth of Jesus the King to people of another religion, who are then tasked with the responsibility of helping to save Jesus from his own religion. Psalm 72 reenforces the Kingly [...]
God, you have restored our dignity through your Son Jesus, who humbled himself and shared in our humanity. As Jesus embraced your work of restoring all creation, may we, too, join in his divine life.
O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine [...]
This lectionary texts for the second Sunday after Christmas feature a reading from John 1, which describes Jesus as a source of light for humanity. Here are all of the texts:
If you are reading with the extended lectionary, you should also read the entirety of Psalm 147.
Almighty God, the light of your new world has been poured into us through the birth of your Son, Jesus. As we have received this light, may it continue to shine forth in our words and actions.
Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine fort [...]