I have much to learn about the Book of Common Prayer as an Anglican. One great help I have found in my prayer life is the Great Litany. It helps order my prayers on a daily basis.Continue reading “Praying the Great Litany — Confession”
As I read through the Gospel of Mark again, the story of the friends carrying their paralyzed buddy to Jesus (Mark 2:1-12) continues to challenge me. They have the faith to get him to Jesus. The paralytic himself doesn’t have that faith. The others have that faith and carry him to the One who can answer.Continue reading “Tearing off the roof in prayer”
Lord Jesus, Master Carpenter of Nazareth, on the Cross through wood and nails you wrought our full salvation: Wield well your tools in this, your workshop, that we who come to you rough-hewn may be fashioned into a truer beauty by your hand; who with the Father and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, world without end. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, 2019)
There are times throughout my life where I’ve felt rage against “the system” or “evil empires” or just plain city hall. The injustices bother me, even to this day.
About the time I have this internal boiling point hit maximum level, Psalm 73 comes across my path. It is a constant reminder of God’s rule and reign and my need to trust him.Continue reading “Perspective in divisive times”
Lord Jesus, you called Matthew from collecting taxes to become your apostle and evangelist: Grant us the grace to forsake all covetous desires and inordinate love of riches, that we may follow you as he did and proclaim to the world around us the good news of your salvation; for with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
We have long passed any sense of searching for truth… or wanting it… in our American culture. We have moved to echo chambers and ideologies. Purity of “doctrine” isn’t something for the Church any more. It’s a new fundamentalism on the left and the right and it’s not just in churches. It’s in the political system.Continue reading “It’s not about truth anymore”
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the Cross that he might draw the whole world to himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.