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Welcome to Kenilworth Union Church’s Daily Devotional, Homegrown Prayer, a daily reflection and prayer specially created to deepen your relationship with God, broaden your theological horizon, and bless your day. To receive this devotional daily via email, please sign up here.

Homegrown Prayer—Day 100 September 9

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster I have not yet made the pilgrimage to the Isle of Iona, just about as far north as there is in Scotland, in the chilly rain where everything is stone and green and gray. It is a sacred pilgrimage, especially for Presbyterians, because of its ancient connection to [...]

2020-09-05T10:35:24-05:00Homegrown|

Homegrown Prayer—Day 99 September 8

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster We pray for one another across our local communities and we also pray for situations across the globe that have very little to do with the daily situations in which we find ourselves. That is part of how we trust God: we can pray for those we have [...]

2020-09-05T09:03:34-05:00Homegrown|

Homegrown Prayer—Day 98 September 7

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Arianne Braithwaite Lehn is a local pastor and author and married to the pastor of First Presbyterian of Wilmette. This poem-prayer was turned into a song by her uncle as a way to honor the life of her father, who died shortly before Arianne’s first child was born. [...]

2020-09-05T07:39:14-05:00Homegrown|

Homegrown Prayer—Day 97 September 6

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Suzanne L. Vinson is a Baptist pastor who I met many years ago. Her core theological commitment is around creativity in community. She is an artist and uses her art and shared-art-making to make room for the presence of God in the community. You can hear in her [...]

2020-09-05T07:10:14-05:00Homegrown|

Homegrown Prayer—Day 96 September 5

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Ignatian Spirituality includes the "Daily Examination of Conscience" in which you (1) begin your morning, immediately upon rising, resolving to guard against a sin or defect you are seeking to improve within yourself, then later (2) after dinner, asking God for grace, recall how many times you have [...]

2020-09-05T05:45:39-05:00Homegrown|

Homegrown Prayer—Day 49 July 19

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Erasmus is credited with saying "When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes." He was an academic through and through and was influential thinker in the years leading up to the Protestant Revolution. His search for truth [...]

2020-09-04T12:42:19-05:00Homegrown|

Homegrown Prayer—Day 95 September 3

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster As we are on day 95 of homegrown prayers, I know we are nearing the end of our 100 day journey. These prayers and reflecting on them have sustained me and helped me draw near to God in a summer that continued to be full of surprises, pivots, [...]

2020-09-03T08:40:02-05:00Homegrown|

Homegrown Prayer—Day 94 September 2

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster This prayer could really stop after the first three lines. Hear/forgive/do. What else do we need from God but that? Everything else is just details. Let us pray:Lord, hear;Lord, forgive;Lord, do.Hear what we speak not;forgive what we speak amiss;do what we leave undone;that not according to our words, [...]

2020-09-02T04:21:37-05:00Homegrown|

Homegrown Prayer—Day 93 September 1

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster “The song of the wind whispers of your majesty.” I love nature prayers, ones like this that imagine all of creation attentive to God’s presence. If the wind can whisper God’s majesty, then so can I. It gives me confidence in my own praise, in my own ability [...]

2020-09-01T05:19:04-05:00Homegrown|

Homegrown Prayer—Day 92 August 31

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster If you know anything about monastic life, you probably at least heard about Benedictine monks and the Rule of St. Benedict. This prayer is attributed to that Benedict, a Christian who grew up in Rome during a time of “moral decay” and left the city to live as [...]

2020-08-31T05:51:55-05:00Homegrown|