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A Prayer for Mother’s Day

nordwood-themes-162462-unsplashI’m part of a few different online groups made up of assorted church-leader-types, and every year around this time, the topic of Mother’s Day comes up. What do we do, we who use our voices in pulpits and lecterns? Especially in Southern contexts like mine, it’s pretty hard to just ignore it at Sunday worship. On the other hand, it’s not a religious holiday, and focusing on it can cause people a lot of pain.

Full disclosure: personally, I am lucky to have a good relationship with a mom who is still around. I don’t want kids right now, so not having them is not a source of grief for me.

But being a person is complicated. Shouldn’t we pray like it?


Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession prayed at First Presbyterian Church; Oxford, MS, May 2018.  Continue reading “A Prayer for Mother’s Day”

Seeing and Saying

An Easter sermon on John 20:1-18 preached at First Presbyterian Church, Pontotoc, MS; March 2018. 

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A Bead Prayer for Holy Week

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Covenant Commandments

Adapted from a sermon preached on Exodus 20:1-17 at First Presbyterian Church in Pontotoc, MS; Oxford, MS, March 2018.

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Photo by Jamie Templeton on Unsplash.

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Thanks for the Bread

We pray this prayer most school-year Tuesdays as a part of Communion celebrations at UKirk Ole Miss; Oxford, MS, 2017.

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An Unexpected Pillow

A sermon on Genesis 28:10-19a preached at First Presbyterian Church; Oxford, MS, July 2017.

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Seeds and Soil

A sermon on Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 preached at First Presbyterian Church; Columbus, MS, July 2017. 

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Words for Wandering

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A sermon on Genesis 21:8-21 preached at First Presbyterian Church PC(USA); Starkville, MS, June 2017.

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Like Hagar (Prayers of the People)

Prayed with First Presbyterian Church PC(USA); Starkville, MS, June 2017. Continue reading “Like Hagar (Prayers of the People)”

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