Why is it so hard to change, O Lord?

Why is it so hard to change, O Lord?

I see the problems.

I see the need.

I see a better way.

I long for a better day.

Why is it so hard to change, O Lord?

Help us and deliver us O Savior; hear our prayer. Amen.

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Posted by on January 10, 2018 in Uncategorized


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Lifelong Prayer of the Child

Dear God,

Someone to notice me

Someone to laugh with me

Someone to cry with me

Someone to choose me

Someone to love me just as I am

Please hear my prayer. Amen.

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Posted by on December 3, 2017 in Uncategorized


My Heart’s Desire

To walk as You walked

To see as You see

To love as You love

This my prayer, my heart’s desire

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Posted by on November 15, 2017 in Uncategorized


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Wrestling with God

Like Jacob, I wrestle.

         I wrestle with you the whole night, until that sacred touch upon my joints, the touch that leaves me healed and humble.

         I am healed for all my strivings, all my manipulations come to naught, in the recognition that I cannot win my own life, make my own way, find my own destiny, but can only entrust myself to the love and mercy of the one who loves enough to come and wrestle. 

        And I am left with an eternal reminder, that despite all my axious plans and pursuits, that it is You who creates and sustains.        

        It is You that attends the daily walk of the crippled one that I am.  It is grace that calls me to walk with You.

Like Jacob, I wrestle until I trust the ladder is for real.  

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Posted by on September 27, 2017 in Uncategorized


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We need you (Psalm 22:1-10)

Gracious and Loving God, we readily admit this morning that we need you every day and every hour of our lives. Yet, we like the Psalmist (Psalm 22:1-10), we also find ourselves confused sometimes.   There are situations in which we cannot see your loving hand.  There are times when we feel as if you’ve left us in the dark with no way out.   As we gather here today, we lift to you all who need you:

for those who need your comfort and peace,

for all who need your healing touch and rest,

for all who need your courage and strength,

for all who need forgiveness and newness of life,

for all who have been mistreated, hurt, bullied, and abused,

for all who need hope in the midst of the struggles and darkness they are in right now.

Hear our prayers for all of these and for all people who acknowledge our need for you when we struggle with doubts, fears, and unbelief. Lord, hear our prayers, through Jesus Christ, who suffered and died and bears our burdens with us.  Amen.

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Posted by on March 10, 2017 in Chapel worship, Scripture prayer


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Prayers for the beginning of a new semester

Our Father in Heaven,

At the beginning of a new semester create in us a new desire, a new curiosity, and a new love for you and for the truth that we find through observation, study, and learning in this college community together.

Grant O Lord, that as students we might have courage and resolve in the hours and days of this semester to open ourselves to new perspectives, new ways of seeing, and new ways of understanding how all things find life and fulfillment in you. Grant that as you have given your best for us, that we may give our best in reading, in writing, in conversations, and in exploring in the many ways you have created us to learn.   May all learning lead us to be better people, loving and caring people, better prepared to serve you in the world.

Grant O Lord, that our faculty might have courage to serve as guides as we explore and learn and are challenged by new ideas and perspectives.   Give them strength and resolve in head, heart and hands to call all the best in us as students and all together in this campus community.

Grant O Lord, that all our staff, in every department and role, might have courage and resolve to serve you and your people with love, excellence, and goodness.   May our work always be work unto the Lord, in the joyous tasks and in those that make us feel challenged.

Teach us in the community to show love to one another, grace to all, and the fruit of the Spirit in every conversation, every meeting, every meal, and every interaction.   Give us the heart and mind to pray and support one another as we give this semester to you for your glory and purposes.

In the name of the Father, Jesus Christ the son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Posted by on January 9, 2017 in Chapel worship


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An abridged “Irish Prayer”

The Love of the Father is all around me,

Jesus Christ before me.  Christ behind me.

Christ at my left and Christ and my right.

The Holy Spirit dwelling within me,

therefore I will love and serve Him my whole life long.

*From the prayer attributed to St. Patrick.
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Posted by on December 5, 2016 in Uncategorized