Good Friday Prayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split. Matthew 27:50-51

 

Thank you for defeating death. 

Forgive us Lord. 

Help us forgive and love one another. 

Amen

Advertisements

Please Blink for Children

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you. Matthew 7:12 

When his child is hungry

Does Jesus give him something to eat, or

Starve his family so there are less poor people? (Tax cuts for the rich)

 

When his child is thirsty

Does Jesus give her something to drink, or

Pollute her water supply? (Keystone)

When his child is an immigrant (DACA)

Does Jesus invite him in, or

Deport him to land he doesn’t know?

 

When his child needs clothes

Does Jesus buy her clothes, or

Leave her naked in the street? (#MeToo)

 

When his child is sick

Does Jesus make sure he gets proper healthcare (CHIP and ACA)

Or leave him to die?

 

When his child is in prison

Does Jesus come to visit her, or

Forget his child? (criminal injustice)

Matthew 25:31-46

Come Worship Our Savior

There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and the shepherds were terrified. 

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is our Messiah, the Lord.  

This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,

    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Luke 2:8-14

Come worship God’s Word in flesh. 

Christ welcomes all from every tradition, and people new to faith.

Christ welcomes new friends and familiar friends.


Christ welcomes every age and every size, tone and culture, every sexual orientation and gender identity, every socioeconomic station, relationship status, political belief, ability and challenge.


Christ welcomes believers and questioners, and to questioning believers.


All are welcome to pray and praise, celebrate and sorrow, rejoice and recover.


God nurtures us in love and we are made whole. 

  Christ welcomes you to worship.  Amen.

Thank you, Holy Mother for Removing the Sludge

Praying KittenGracious Mother,

Your mercy is beautiful.

Thank you for wrapping me in your grace.

I love the feel of your strength within me.

Thank you for removing the sludge of this day.

It is wonderful to be swaddled in your unfailing love.

I love the beauty of your embrace.

Amen Holy Mother! Your will be done.

Psalm 69:14, 16

Stop Church Bullies


Church bullies.

Church bullies have become the public face and shame of Christ.

Church bullies are haters.

Church bullies hatred has spread quickly and wildly like a fungus.

Church bullies torment:

  • our Muslim siblings,
  • our siblings of color,
  • our LGBTQIA siblings,
  • women
  • and all of our other marginalized siblings.

Church bullies declare themselves righteous despite their own sins of

  • pedophilia,
  • adultery,
  • racism
  • and hatred.

 

Where is the rest of Christ’s church?

We hide in our pews.

We are polite.

We are silent.

 

Christ did not call his church to become a place of division, hatred and anger.

Christ did not call his church to be silent.

Stop looking away as they grope our Lord, mock her, take pictures of their evil deeds and toss her into the prison of shame we built for her.

OUCH! She cries out.

The Lord hears her.

She delivers her.

Psalm 34:17

We are the Church.

We are the body of Christ.

Our siblings cry out.

We hear her cries.

We are the body of Christ.

How will we respond?

We are the Church.

We are the body of Christ.

We hear our siblings crying.

The Holy Spirit shakes us.

We hear her voice.

She says, “Wake UP!  Your sister is crying.”

By oppression and judgment she was taken away. Yet who protested? 

Isaiah 53:8

I protest! Do you?

We are the Church.

We are the body of Christ.

Our siblings cry out.

We hear her cries.

Let our love mushroom

Almighty Mother, thank you for your warm embrace. Wake me from my white cocoon. Guide my voice, my steps and my message to create a safe gathering place for everyone to worship you.  A church. Your church. Christ’s church.  We are the Church.

Mama, do not forget the helpless.   Be with and wipe every tear of my sisters who have been raped, bullied or abused. Do not give the wicked the last laugh. We seek your justice. Amen.