Author Archives: lena

Community Prayers 2021.04.18

Prayers of Thanksgiving. For … Spring weather and the whole variety of plants God has created. Lena Our completed vaccination cycle. Josh … let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God. Prayers of Petition. For … my dad as he has shoulder surgery tomorrow, may the surgery go well, and may his recovery bring him some restoration and relief from […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2021.04.18

Liturgy God of all things,we arrive as a collectiveembodying an abundanceof every human need. God of limitless compassion,we bring our broken hearts before you.Restore the distorted vision in our eyesto see what you see in ourselves and each other. God of limitless dreams,we bring our broken dreams before you.Restore the frayed edges of hopeswhere we are jaded and cynical. God […]

Restoration

Naomi Jackson reflects on how Jesus’ interaction with his disciples after resurrection invites us to our own experience of restoration [Luke 24:36-48]. Reflection How do we see the marks of death we see in ourselves? And how have they been transformed? How do you need to reintroduce yourself to your community? Where do you need to experience restoration?

Community Prayers 2021.04.11

Prayers of Thanksgiving. For … Rebecca reorienting us to the Nehemiah text in a profound and relevant way. Sam my therapist, and for the work of therapists in general especially during these time. Anslee the beautiful, haunting blessing offered. Sarah he hope and security that the vaccines are offering. Jennifer … let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God. Prayers […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2021.04.11

Liturgy Loving God, you invite us all into this space today.You welcome your treasured people in all our forms,wholly beloved, beautiful, unique.Into this moment, we come. We worship you in celebration.We give thanks for your love and grace,your faithfulness and justice,and with uninhibited praise, we sing. May the Spirit breathe into usthrough the spring winds.May we embrace the soilthat feeds […]

Jewish Lives Matter

Rebecca Wheeler-Waltson invites us to locate ourselves in the story of Nehemiah and how it plays out in ways that’s familiar with what’s currently happening in our country [Nehemiah 2:1-8]. Reflection Where would you place yourself in this account? As the exiled? The emperor? Or an eyewitness? As you ponder what’s happening in this country today (anti Asian hate, Derek […]

Community Prayers 2021.04.04

Prayers of Thanksgiving. For … the Community Team and the beautiful, meaningful exhibit. Allison Wey’s message today and this beautiful community. Gena this community that stands in truth, love, and justice for the oppressed and our Nav & Leadership Teams that work so hard behind the scenes. Anslee my acceptance to UNT’s PhD program in Counseling Psychology. Caleb my parent’s […]