These are various prayers offered during public worship services, mostly as "prayers of the people."

The Light of Christ Shines Bright

Easter 2014

God of majesty, God of grace, God of love, God of peace, God of wonder, God of mystery, God of hope, God of joy: In the darkness of night at the Easter Vigil, at the breaking of dawn early this morning on the beach, and now in this magnificent place filled with people eager to […]

Prayers of the People (10.13.2013)


Prayers of the People from today’s worship service at Fourth Church. The sermon text was Jeremiah 7:1-15. “Do not trust in these deceptive words.” (Jeremiah 7:4) God of our ancestors, God of the prophets: How easily indeed are we deceived into thinking that by simply coming to this place, to this sanctuary set apart, to […]

A Prayer Based on the Beatitudes

"Sea of Galilee" by Kris

I offered this prayer on July 21, 2013 as the Prayers of the People. The sermon text that day was the beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-16. God of the prophets, God of Christ: we are reminded today that your blessings do not necessarily follow the logic of the world. The world believes that the rich are […]

Prayers of the People (8.18.2013)

Photo by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

Gracious God, we do pray that you will guide our feet as we run the race you have set before us. What an awesome calling it is to know that you invite us to participate in the transformation of the world as it is into the world as you want it to be. Yet it […]

A Prayer for Easter

Easter 2013

God, it wasn’t so long ago that we gathered together to celebrate the birth of Christ and reflect on the mysteries of the incarnation— the way Christ emptied himself of divinity while at the same time perfectly reflected your image; how he entered the fullness of humanity, with all of our joys and all of […]