Category Archives: Prayers

On the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth: In the Shadow of Mother Emmanuel AME

Today marks the 150th anniversary of Junteenth – 150 years ago, and two and a half years after it should have – word of the Emancipation Proclamation made it to the enslaved African and African Americans of Texas.  Reaction included … Continue reading

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Hummingbird: A True Story in Two Parts (II)

Part II: We Do Not Fear Change, But We Do Feel Loss (Click here for Part I.) What is smaller than a split-second? A mili-second? A nano-second? All long enough for my heart to skip a beat, worried I was … Continue reading

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Hummingbird: A True Story in Two Parts (I)

Part I: Wide Open Before the Animal Blessing worship began, before we brought the chairs, chalice and chancel outside to steps of the old New England town church and the edge of the old New England town green, there was … Continue reading

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A Litany of Blessings (for Tori Jameson)

(At my current seminary, Andover Newton Theological School, it is tradition that at the last UU worship before graduation, we recognize those of us who are graduating.  Each graduating senior is blessed by someone else.  My friend asked me if … Continue reading

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Prayer for This Day – May 3, 2015

For church this morning at First Parish Church of Groton, I wrote the pastoral prayer ahead of time.  However, when the time came, I was moved to dump most of it and to give voice to the joys and sorrows … Continue reading

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Prayer of Gratitude & Despair: Earth Day

Hear these words of thanksgiving and of lament. Ours be a prayer of gratitude, raising praise for life that sustains and renews, to grace that surrounds and surprises, for the abiding truth: there is no separation between us and the … Continue reading

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Upon Acquisition of Even More Technology (prayer)

I am hardly a Luddite. Yes, I raised my children without cable and without commercial television. Though this may seem “out there” to you, dear reader, there are countless people where I live, in our church community and in our … Continue reading

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For Someone in Deep Pain Who Does Not Yet Pray (prayer)

Let me begin by setting aside my skepticism, my sarcasm, my doubt, my intellectualized judgment, my clever snarky attitude that wants to shut me up and keeps me shut down. I do not release it completely, for it serves me … Continue reading

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Prayer on the 50th Anniversary of Selma

audio version here Dearest God, Sweet Divine Spark, we call out now, in hope that all Creation will hear. This planet, Oh God, is reeling. The nations, Dear Lord, are suffering. The peoples, Tender Mercy, are full of pain. There … Continue reading

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Choosing Open Eyes (sermon)

This sermon was delivered on February 22, 2015 at First Parish Church of Groton, MA. audio version here Somewhere in Asia – Japan or Malaysia or some other country – there is a picture on a Buddhist monk’s smart phone. … Continue reading

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