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Wrapped in Prayer

Seventh Sunday of Easter Year A, June 1, 2014
As we leave Easter for the long, green season of ordinary time, may we never forget that relationship with God is anything but ordinary. May we also never forget that prayer is powerful and in it we enter into conversation with our Lord, into the very presence of the Divine. (Photo: Bill McChesney, Creative Commons)

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Stewards of the Promise (Part Two)

To be a steward of Jesus’ bold promise in this week’s reading implies that we will fully invest ourselves in passing on the faith, in sharing the story, and in continuing the work of Christ. In doing so we align our wills to Christ’s will, and as his body visible today we boldly carry his message to the world. (Photo by Charles Clegg, used by Creative Commons license)


Wise Words for Consternated Christians

Lectionary Reflection for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost, July 28, 2013
Today’s lessons offer wisdom for those too timid or troubled or tired of praying. Jesus tells us to ask, and Paul reminds us that we have received. How can we help equip our communities to be confident in prayer, deepening the roots of faith, and bearing fruit abundantly? Read on! (Photo: Leland Francisco, Creative Commons)


Creation is Groaning

Here’s a powerful reflection by Lisa Sharon Harper that you won’t want to miss. The basic question is this one: In response to creation’s groaning, what are people of faith called to do? Click here to read the essay. (Photo: jeanfrancois beausejoir, Creative Commons)

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Away from the Noise

We can pray anywhere, and God is always around us all the time, but it’s easier to connect with the Divine One when we find moments of silence. It’s no wonder the world does everything it can to keep silence at bay. (Photo (c) dampoint –


Cultivating Spiritual Growth

Lectionary Reflection for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 5, 2012
How’s the work of cultivating disciples going in your community of faith? Paul has some good words for spiritual gardeners in this week’s epistle lesson, and the gospel reminds us the master gardener’s mentoring that sustains us. (Photo by hans s used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!)


Prayer Cultivates Generous Hearts

Here’s a short prayer activity for youth to help them understand prayer as a spiritual discipline and not just a “gimme” list for God. Click here to read more from Rethinking Youth Ministry. (Photo by frotzed2 used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!)


Prayer as Priority

Everything we do as disciples should begin with prayer; that is simply good stewardship and an important spiritual discipline. Here’s a fine short article from Christine Sine (from the Sojourners website) that would make a good devotional or starting point for your stewardship committee. Photo by Randy OHC used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!


Heavenly Hushpuppies and Crumbs of Grace

“We are beggars; this is true” are among the last words supposedly written by Martin Luther. In this week’s gospel reading we see both sides of the table–insider and outsider–and we play both roles in this life. Photo by Clevergrrl used under Creative Commons license. Thanks!


Daily Bread: Enough for you, for the Community, and for the World

Lectionary Reflection for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, July 25, 2010

What does the petition “Give us each day our daily bread” mean to the individual disciple and to the Body of Christ? This week’s gospel offers a good opportunity to reflect on these words, on stewardship, and on the concept of “enough.”