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These Are My Mothers, My Sisters, and My Brothers

Pastoral Prayer: Lord God Almighty,  you have given us good things. James reminds us that every good and perfect gift comes from you, the Father of Lights, in whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. But, it is often that we take the good that you give Continue reading

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Harassed and Helpless for Us

Pastoral Prayer: Holy One, we can’t do it. We don’t possess the resources to take care of every instance where people are harassed and helpless. Often we can’t take care of ourselves. If we hear one more story, see it with our own eyes, we may create a world Continue reading

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No Ordinary Time

Pastoral Prayer: Lord God Almighty, Jesus revealed in flesh and blood the power of your self-giving love. Your Spirit makes us alive to that love in Jesus. Immerse us in your self-giving love so that our lives may be a means whereby all people may learn of and live Continue reading

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Drunk Again?

Pastoral Prayer: Holy One, it seems appropriate to ask, “How long will cities burn?” We can hear your response to Isaiah, “Until your cities lie waste.” Some cannot breathe, others cannot run, and still others cannot feel safe inside their own homes. If we refuse to comprehend, to understand, Continue reading

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Former Blowhards Only

Pastoral Prayer: Holy One, we fear for our lives and so we arm ourselves, we fear others and so make rules against them, we fear you and receive the experiences of suffering as your displeasure with us. We need again the Good News that Jesus, the  Suffering One, suffered Continue reading

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