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Posts from April 2019

Good Friday Prayer

Grieving God,on the crossyour Son embraced deatheven as he had embraced life:faithfully and with good courage.Grant that we who have beenborn out of his wounded sidemay hold fast to our faith in him exaltedand may find mercy in all times of need. Amen. -Rev. John DeBevoise

Prayer for Maundy Thursday

God of love, you gave Jesus all power, and in humble service he washed the feet of his friends, and shared a meal with them. Teach us to love one another as Christ has loved us, so that everyone will know that we are his friends, and your children. We pray remembering that Jesus is…

Prayer for Tuesday of Holy Week

“God as we walk through Holy week toward the cross, may we remember the wonder of who You are.Beyond sin Your love is inexhaustible, beyond brokenness Your forgiveness is incomprehensible.Beyond betrayal, Your grace is poured out eternally, beyond death Your life is unimaginable.Beyond human understanding, Your ways are always higher than ours.” -Christine Sine

A Palm Sunday Introduction

I find these words by The Rev. Ted Churn, Executive Presbyter of New Hope Presbytery, a helpful Palm Sunday introduction. – Pastor John​“Palm Sunday sets in motion the final days of Jesus’ ministry on earth. Living on the other side of that first Easter, we embrace the mystery and believe in God’s victory over death. But…

Acknowledging the reality of death and limitation, of pain and affliction

Today’s Lenten Devotionon 2 Corinthians 1:1-7 (see below) **REFLECTION**“The leaves are falling, falling as if from far up, as if orchards were dying high in space.Each leaf falls as if it were motioning ‘no.’ And tonight the heavy earth is falling away from all other stars in the loneliness. We’re all falling. This hand here is falling. And…

What if…?

What if every day this week, before your feet hit the floor in the morning, you prayed:“Today Lord, let me see what you would show me.” If you saw as God gave you sight what would be different?-priorities might change-emphases would shift-some things given up-repentance could be forthcoming-others, on the periphery, might be noticed-notes might…