A Prayer in the Wilderness

based on Matthew 4:1-11 Faithful God, at the beginning of this 40-day journey of introspection, we’re prepared to face our central temptations. When we are tempted to abuse our privilege, may we instead be humble. When we are tempted to exploit your name for prestige, may we instead heed our call to service. When weContinue reading “A Prayer in the Wilderness”

Advent Candle Liturgies

Several years ago, I wrote these liturgies for lighting the candles around the Advent wreath. If you are searching for words to use either in a worship setting or for your own devotional time, I am happy to offer these for consideration. Lighting the First Candle: Hope Call to Worship Lift up your eyes andContinue reading “Advent Candle Liturgies”

A Prayer from the Ashes

based on Joel 2:12-27 Faithful God, we’re feeling broken. Hatred, disease, anxiety, and doubt are tearing open our hearts, weighing down our bodies, and casting a shadow over our spirits. We’re struggling to find hope amid the ashes of what used to be–some still-glowing ember that might re-ignite our confidence in the future’s promise. ButContinue reading “A Prayer from the Ashes”