Category Archives: Spirituality and Religion

Practicing the Presence on Holiday

Lord, you have promised to meet those who seek your face. Come now and reveal your presence to me as I make myself present to you. In the name of Jesus Christ my Lord, AMEN. This prayer captures the essence … Continue reading

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Beyond Lists

There is a place of prayer that lies above, or perhaps beyond the many lists that often direct our spiritual life. We all make lists of concerns about others, worries about the day ahead, or questions that trouble us in … Continue reading

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Haste Makes Waste

A retired airline pilot once shared with me that haste was at the root of every accident. “When anything went wrong it was because someone was in a hurry, either trying to make up lost time, or rushing through the … Continue reading

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A Pointless Exercise

In the recent issue of “Ministers’ Forum” the Rev. William Whitson attempted rather lamely to argue that the Children’s Address was a pointless exercise of worship and asked for suggestions as to why we ought to continue the practice. This … Continue reading

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Help us in our Unbelief

Lord, we believe, help us in our unbelief. Now there’s an honest confession; a confession of weakness, a confession of doubt, a confession that speaks the complexity of faith more than any other. We believe and want to believe more, … Continue reading

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What’s it Mean to “Have a Church”?

I’m in the midst of a new member’s class, encouraging my students to think about what it means to have a church. All too often in Scottish society the public looks at the church as a service provider, like a … Continue reading

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Easter Prayers

Opening Prayer Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come, the everlasting one. O God, the work of eternity, accomplished on the cross is now complete and Christ is raised from the … Continue reading

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Pilate in All of Us

This prayer was used for a Community Holy Week Service. It is based on Matthew 27:11-26 Fickle we are O LORD, proclaiming one day your high praise, and the next our vile curses. From the same mouth flow blessings and … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday Prayer

Gracious God, as we come before you in this most holy of weeks, we pray you open our hearts and minds to the great sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Enable us to understand just how much of your love … Continue reading

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Birth Pangs

God have mercy, how the world and all who dwell in it groans for redemption. The creation itself, the ground beneath our feet is heaving with birth pangs, bringing about the new thing you are creating…how grievous it is to … Continue reading

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