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Lenten Prayer

February 22nd, 2010 by isaac · No Comments

Lenten Prayer Lord God, today is the first Sunday of Lent, a season of repentance, of self-examination, of silence and waiting for the leading of your Holy Spirit. Through your Spirit you lead us into the temptations of Jesus, forty days in the wilderness, where our lives are laid bare, and we come face to […]

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Re-Membering the Body of Christ

October 2nd, 2009 by Jason · 2 Comments

(below’s a recent sermon I preached.  for those interested the podcast & video are on my church’s website) When my wife and I got married eight years ago we of course thought about using this passage as our text for the service.  And why not?  It’s all about love (though it doesn’t mention marriage, and […]

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A Midwifery Model of Bible Study

February 27th, 2009 by Jason · 4 Comments

I just finished Bob Ekblad’s book, Reading the Bible with the Damned, and was inspired by his method of Bible study that he uses when leading groups with inmates, immigrants, and others on the margins of society.  What impresses me is the way he is able to weave together scholarly exegesis, facilitating a space for […]

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The Fear of the Lord as a Means to Truth and Courage

January 22nd, 2009 by Jason · 2 Comments

For the college group I lead we’re reading in Ecclesiastes for the next few months.  Last week we talked about how such a skeptical, some would say heretical, book made it into the canon.  The dominant interpretation of Ecclesiastes is that it is framed by a narrator who brackets the beginning and end of the […]

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Prayer on Psalm 99

October 19th, 2008 by isaac · No Comments

Congregational Prayer Text: Psalm 99 10.19.08 “The Lord reigns,” says Psalm 99. “Let the nations tremble; God sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake.” Let the nations tremble… God, why should the nations tremble? They tremble, the Psalmist says, because you love justice. In a world of injustice, in a world where peace […]

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a prayer for Memorial Day

May 27th, 2008 by isaac · 2 Comments

Congregational Prayer: 5.25.2008 (lectionary text: Isaiah 49:8-16) Here we are God: the same building, the same time of the week, with the same people. We are here because we can’t remember your promises on our own—that you promise new life, redeemed life, holy life, abundant life. God of life, breathe through us the life of […]

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Weekly Prayer #7

March 14th, 2007 by Jason · 2 Comments

This prayer, by St. Francis, is one of my favorites because it gives such a vivid, full picture of God. I also like how he holds together several paradoxes (i.e. God is wisdom and humility, joy and justice, etc.). You are holy, Lord, the only God, and your deeds are wonderful. You are strong. You […]

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Praying Isaiah 58

February 24th, 2007 by isaac · 2 Comments

Prayer is a very important part of our worship services. Every week different people take turns praying for us and with us. At the beginning of the service we have a congregational prayer that reflects on our lectionary passages and the world around us. Later in the service we have a time for individuals to […]

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Weekly Prayer #6

January 15th, 2007 by Jason · No Comments

I had a couple of other prayers in mind for today, but then I came across this one this morning and it seemed especially fitting for today, Martin Luther King Jr. day. I’ve thought about racism from the perspective of Ephesians 2:14-16 or Revelation 21:24-26, but this prayer makes the point that just looking at […]

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an advent benediction

December 18th, 2006 by isaac · 6 Comments

I wrote a benediction for the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Please feel free to use it, adjust it, or tell me why it’s wrong. —————————————————————————————————- As the apostle Paul says in Philippians, “The Lord is near” (4:5). We are witnesses of the dawning of that great light come into the world—Immanuel, God with us. May […]

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