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June 14th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Sharp Prayers

Dear Friends in Christ, Over the last few days—in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando—I have had a difficult time reading the paper; a difficult time making it through each wrenching sentence. I have felt alternatively numb and angry, bewildered and so very, very sad. I have been making a little list of […]

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The Innocents

December 18th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Sermon Bin

“The Innocents” Advent 3 Luke 1: 26-38   December 16, 2012 Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church ©Scott Black Johnston   Since this is Pageant Sunday, I had planned to use this time during the service to talk with our shepherds, angels, little lambs and what appears to be a Christmas pig.  However, as news of the […]

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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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