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Prayers of the People January 22, 2023

King Poor, Liturgist Our Father who art in heaven. O God, you are our Creator. You created us, each of us, in your image and likeness. None of us can fully comprehend your heaven, but your son promised us that your heaven—your kingdom of heaven—is within each of us. Hallowed be thy [...]

2023-01-25T14:17:58-06:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People January 15, 2023

The Reverend Christine V. Hides Eternal God, Creator of the Universe we join with all heaven and earth to proclaim your handiwork, your divine craftsmanship evident in the vividness of earth and sky, the texture of sea and mountain. We see the work of your hands revealed in the irresistible faces of so [...]

2023-01-17T08:54:27-06:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People January 8, 2023

The Reverend Dr. William A. Evertsberg God, our help in ages past, and our hope for years to come, we thank you for delivering us across the threshold of a new year, past some troubles and confusions and divisions, but also gladdened by too many benedictions to count. When John plunged Jesus [...]

2023-01-13T05:52:24-06:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People December 25, 2022

Squire Prince Mighty God, bringer of light and love, Harborer of hope and humility, Prince of peace, all that is beautiful and wonderful, we look to the manger today, as the Magi and the Shepherds. We look to the manger and see a baby, crying, teething, fully human, but Divine, and shining [...]

2022-12-27T15:21:25-06:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People December 24, 2022

The Reverend Christine V. Hides Gracious and Holy God, Light from Light Eternal, once again, we make the long, silent, journey to Bethlehem where you meet us in the humility of the messy manger, making way for the glorious impossible. With Mary and Joseph we wonder at the gift of something new [...]

2022-12-27T07:04:36-06:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People December 20, 2022

Watch Quiet Christmas Worship Here Starry Night and the Astronauts by Alma Thomas (1891–1978) evokes the open expanse and celestial patterns of a night sky, "Color is life," she once proclaimed, "and light is the mother of color." This painting was created in 1972, when the artist was seventy-seven. In the same year, she [...]

2022-12-22T03:57:42-06:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People December 11, 2022

The Reverend Dr. William A. Evertsberg Alpha and Omega God, the one who is, and who was, and who is to come, thank you for bringing us together as community to this place of joy and peace and light. Thank you for all that is bright and sacred about December: the splendid musicians [...]

2022-12-14T05:38:35-06:00Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People December 4, 2022

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster We open our eyes to this dayand come face to facewith the dizzying possibility of your presence,Our Prince of Peace.Our hearts are open as we long for you.Our minds awake as we search our day,our week, our very lives forthe texture of your spirit in our midst.Our [...]

2022-12-05T11:33:39-06:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

The Great Prayer November 20, 2022

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Open us, O God. Declare something still and silent within us. Let the darkness of morning unfold into new light. Let the messy, playful, noisy, active, spontaneous, unpredictable day awaken in us an inner tidal surge of love, an unconstricted melody of praise reverberating within. Let [...]

2022-11-23T17:52:58-06:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People November 13, 2023

The Reverend Christine V. Hides Eternal God, as the last clinging leaves loosen their grip in the chilling air, we anticipate the shortening of the days in which we will light candles and keep watch for your coming. We read the words of the prophets who put human voice to your holy promises [...]

2022-11-16T12:21:31-06:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|