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Revealed as Beloved Son – A Pra...

prayer for the week
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. Traditional: Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anoint [...]

Why Liturgy Matters

Statue Prayer
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 [...]

“He Delivers the Needy” &...

extended lectionary
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 [...]

“You Have Restored Our Dignity&...

Advent Candles
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. Traditional: O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine [...]

“And His Life Was Light” ...

Light
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: Psalm 147:12-20 Jeremiah 31:7-14 Ephesians 1:3-14 John 1:1-18 If you are reading with the extended lectionary, you should also read the entirety of Psalm 147.

Light from God’s New World R...

Advent Candles
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. Traditional: 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 [...]

“If” – A Mediation ...

Birth
If you want the Virgin will come walking down the road pregnant with the holy and say,  “I need shelter for the night, please take me inside your heart, my time is so close.”  Then, under the roof of your soul, you will witness the sublime intimacy, the divine, the Christ taking birth forever,  as she grasps your hand for help, for each of us [...]

David’s Throne – This Wee...

extended lectionary
This week’s lectionary texts focus on God’s promise to maintain the line of David’s kingship throughout time. Although David’s line is portrayed only as being a king over Israel/Judah, Christian theologians have come to see both David and Israel as representative of all mankind. Thus, Jesus is both the King of Israel a [...]

“Deliver Us” – A Pr...

Advent Candles
Come quickly, Lord, and through your great power and love, help and deliver us from our wrongful ways. Traditional: Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you a [...]

Good News to the Poor – This We...

extended lectionary
This week’s lectionary texts are: Psalm 126 Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 I Thess. 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28 There are no additional texts in the Extended Lectionary for this week. However, I believe that the cutting of Isaiah 61 was unnecessary. I recommend that you read the entire text, which paints a remarkable picture of God’s agent/s [...]

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