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Prayers of the People September 25, 2022

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster God of all that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete: Be with us in all that is unfinished, flawed, and fleeting about the lives we bear up to you. Be with us when we feel undone, when our efforts feel fragmentary, and our efforts falter. Give us humility, [...]

2022-09-26T11:40:47-05:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People September 18, 2022

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Spirit of the living God, mighty God, prince of peace, we long for you. We gather here under the safe canopy of this Sanctuary to seek your presence and know the peace of your spirit. Be with us now as we pray. Hold our hopes and dreams, our worries and fears, and receive [...]

2022-09-22T04:54:40-05:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People September 11, 2022

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Draw near, O Lord. By day, preside over the busy-ness, the day’s tasks, the responsibilities and endeavors that fill our lives. By night, govern our dreams, hold our worries, give peace to our unrest, entrust us to your safe keeping, and permit the gift of sleep [...]

2022-09-16T09:17:36-05:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

The Great Prayer September 4, 2022

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Clouded, cloudy, ungraspable God, make manifest your presence today. Your spirit woven through life and relationship. Your ineffability unfolding at family gatherings, meals shared, laughter rising to the rafters. Your wisdom interlaced in every conversation, every decision, every creative endeavor, when our own spirit is open to [...]

2022-09-13T05:59:51-05:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

The Prayers of the People August 28, 2022

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Holy one, Architect of Daybreak, who awakens us from the “mansions of the stars” (Diane Ackerman, from poem “School Prayer”), the celestial melody of rest still ringing in our ears; give us daybreak; give us early light; give us delight at the simplicity of breath in [...]

2022-09-01T16:45:34-05:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

A Wilderness Blessing

Squire Prince Wilderness Blessing God of all creation, light, and life. Lord in the wilderness you met us. In the lack of physical strength your spirit strengthened us. In places of uncertainty you encouraged us. In the space of fear you were the true author of our faith. We thank you Lord, that [...]

Prayers of the People August 21, 2022

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Ineffable God, incomprehensible mystery, we turn toward you, our bodies ready and awake to the possibility of your presence. We go about our daily lives, some days oblivious to your presence, but on a day like today, even walking the dog, preparing breakfast, or the very act [...]

2022-08-23T11:33:17-05:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People August 14, 2022

The Reverend Christine V. Hides God of the edges, God of thick darkness and pillar of fire, Your promises outnumber the grains of sand in which we spend summer afternoons wriggling our toes at the edge of the lake, delighting in your creation, resting in your care. -You meet us at the [...]

2022-08-16T15:42:10-05:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

The Great Prayer August 7, 2022

The Reverend Christine V. Hides It is right and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, O God of every place, who dwells in barren wilderness and along the roaring rivers. We give you thanks for the great family, our faith ancestors who you called to [...]

2022-08-09T14:20:19-05:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People July 31, 2022

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Spirit of the living God, Holy mystery known and beyond knowing, we turn to you with clumsy affection, our human longings at the forefront of prayer. We bring you all the burdens of our lives: our worries, our hopes, our dreams, our loved ones who bring [...]

2022-08-04T08:45:08-05:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|