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Be careful what you pray for

When we pray come, Lord Jesus Do we mean to say come, you malnourished stranger come, you unwanted migrant come, you ragged child come, you crying crack baby come, you dirty panhandler come, you dying alcoholic come, …

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Praying to God

I sometimes wonder if God ever tires of our prayers. Weekends must be the worst. Friday prayers at the mosques, Saturday appeals in the synagogues, Sunday petitions from the churches. An endless round of requests. Do this, …

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Topics: Fiction and Poetry and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 2: Pluralism and Point 4: Act As We Believe. Seasons & Special Events: Pluralism Sunday. Ages: Adult. Resource Types: Poetry.

the lord watch over your going out

Do you ever find it odd
that worshipers are greeted
as they leave the sanctuary?

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All are welcome

The sign outside the church
said “all are welcome.”
Perhaps they meant to say
all who look like us are welcome,

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Topics: Fiction and Poetry, Sacred Community, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 3: Inclusive Community and Point 4: Act As We Believe. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Ages: Adult. Resource Types: Poetry.

Crucifixion

A poem by Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966)

“Weep not for Me, Mother, 

in the grave I have life.”

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Topics: Devotional, Fiction and Poetry, and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Holy Week and Lent. Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.

Do I Know Jesus?

About the life of Jesus of Nazareth, the Bible records some of the story
A man who walked on Earth, helping us seek the God of eternal glory

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Jesus Meets John at the Jordan

Wash me in the river
Dry me on the shore
Do this for me, cousin
As you did for those before

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Sanctuary

Shafts of light
Through cathedral windows.
Dappled shade
Upon the leaves
Beneath my feet.

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The Time Piece

An hourglass stands firmly on the mantle of a fireplace
“Sands of time” are resting quietly at the glass bottom

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Topics: Aging, Fiction and Poetry, and Worship & Liturgy. Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.

Prayer for New Beginnings

Step into the dawn.
Cut the cord.

Pull the plug.

Break the chains

that tie and bind.

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Topics: Fiction and Poetry and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: New Year. Resource Types: Poetry.

Magnificat (Worship Download, Spanish)

Basado en el cántico de adoración de María en el primer capítulo del Evangelio de Lucas. El Magníficat transmite la escencia de cómo Dios galardona al humilde, y sacia al hambriento con buenas dádivas.

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