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An Artist’s Prayer for Illumination

Prayed during a workshop on mixed media spiritual expression; Batesville, MS, May 2018.

Creating God,

Just as you speak to us through many voices in Scripture, you speak to us through countless artists of the past, present, and future. May we meet you in paint brushes, pianos, and pieced-together quilts.

When things get messy, help us remember that so are ceramics. And still you’re a potter, gently shaping the soft lines of our bodies and our hearts even when things feel ready to crumble.

Give us courage to shake off the dust of our own expectations, that we might see and hear you in new ways, and through the work of your Spirit help others to do the same. Amen.

Advent Confession

A communal prayer of confession prayed at Campamento El Guacio with Young Adult Volunteer alums; San Sebastián, Puerto Rico, December 2018.

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A Prayer for Wholeness & Healing

Prayed at First Presbyterian Church; Oxford, MS, December 2018.

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Prayers of the People: Waiting

Intercessory prayer for the beginning of Advent, prayed at First Presbyterian Church; Oxford, MS, December 2018.

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Litany for Campus Ministry

Written for the Presbytery of St. Andrew’s first annual UKirk* Sunday; Oxford, MS, April 2018. 

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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”

A Bead Prayer for Holy Week

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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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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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