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A Prayer for Newtown

December 14th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Sharp Prayers

My friend Carla sent me this prayer by Rachel Barenblatt: God, let me cry on Your shoulder.
 Rock me like a colicky baby.
 Promise me You won’t forget   each of Your perfect reflections killed today. Promise me You won’t let me forget, either.   I’m hollow, stricken like a bell. Make of my emptiness a channel […]

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Bat-Phone Prayers

September 13th, 2012 · 8 Comments · Sharp Prayers

As a kid, I was a big fan of the “Batman” television series, the one filmed in the late ’60s but on the air every day after school throughout the 1970s. One of my favorite parts of this incredibly campy show was the moment, every episode, when Commissioner Gordon, Gotham’s chief of police, would decide […]

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Restless Hearts and Summers End

August 21st, 2012 · 3 Comments · Sharp Prayers

Summer is drawing to a close. Today, I have been packing to leave my in-laws’ house in Duluth, Minnesota, for New York and what promises to be an exciting year at FAPC.  This morning I taped up a box of books (Duluth is study time for me) that I have to mail back to NYC.  […]

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Raise Up a Child

June 1st, 2011 · 1 Comment · Faith and the City

“How can I give my children a spiritual foundation?” “Where should I take my daughter so that she can learn about her faith tradition?” “What should I do so that my son will develop a solid moral foundation?” I get a lot of questions like these. My first response is usually to say that there […]

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Maundy Thursday Prayer

April 20th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Sharp Prayers

Communion Prayer Maundy Thursday 2011 Host! When we stand around this table, Holy God, that is what we call you… “The Host.” It reminds us that we are here, not because we deserve it, not because we are part of an exclusive club, not because we have the right answers or know a special handshake, […]

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Prayer in a Time of Turmoil

April 4th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Sharp Prayers

Prayers of the People Second Sunday in Lent March 20, 2011   God of Holy Mystery, God of Love, God of the Hidden Heart, we pray to you. We bow our heads before you, humbled by the news of the past week, troubled by the scenes of devastation in Japan, shuddering at the violence in […]

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Praying for Japan

March 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Sharp Prayers

I know that your hearts go to the people of Japan and those countries and islands affected by the earthquake and tsunami in the Pacific. This morning I have been using the following prayer (adapted from a prayer by St. Augustine): O loving God, to stand before you is to abide forever. Grant us, dear […]

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The Discipline of Sausages

March 4th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Faith and the City

This coming Wednesday is Ash Wednesday.  At the 12:30 service that day, we will gather for prayer and song to mark the beginning of Lent. Every Lent, my quirky friend, Stan, who had a Ph.D. in liturgics (a fancy name for the study of Christian worship), used to announce that he was taking on a […]

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Prayers

February 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on Prayers · Sharp Prayers

Our prayers go out to the people of New Zealand this day as they recover from the effects of a terrible earthquake and as they mourn terrible losses. In addition to our neighbors in the South Pacific, I would like to direct one other person to you for prayers this week. A few months ago, […]

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How Do You Pray?

September 15th, 2010 · 40 Comments · Sharp Prayers

How do you do it–the whole prayer thing? Do you get down on your knees?  Do you lie in bed and stare at the ceiling?  Do you murmur a petition as the 6 Train roars into Grand Central (surely only God can hear those!)?  My mother used to say that she would pray at stoplights–quick […]

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