Monthly Archives: December, 2011

Wesleyan Covenant Prayer

Today is the last day of the year.  My Wesleyan heritage has always led me on this day to the Watch Night Service, and to the Wesleyan Covenant Prayer.  Worshiping in the New Year is an old Methodist tradition, and this prayer that Wesley gave to his Methodists in Britain in 1755 is a classic. …

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For the common good

The prayer this morning from Common Prayer is worth a look as you go through your day: Isaiah 25 Rejoicing in God’s salvation 1 LORD, you are my God. I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, planned long ago, faithful and sure. 2 You have turned the city into …

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An Eternal Song

I have been using liturgical prayer for much of the past 10 years to keep me centered.  While I was serving in an international church in Japan, it was an essential part of my life.  There was not a culture of church surrounding us there and so I had to intentionally join with others across …

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Holy Innocents

The fourth day of Christmas is traditionally known as the Feast of the Holy Innocents.  We remember the children who were slaughtered by Herod because the wise men tipped him off of a “King” that was born in Bethlehem.  The Gospel for the day is a stark reminder that in this season of light, darkness …

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Christmas Continues

Christmas is not just a day, but a season of 12 days.  You could hardly tell it if you looked at my street this morning.  Christmas trees were already discarded and decorations were coming down.  Listening to the radio from Syracuse to Waynesville all day yesterday, the music switched abruptly back to the usual music. …

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The Nativity of our Lord

Early this morning I attended mass at my wife’s childhood church in Syracuse.  It was truly a Midnight Mass that began at the strike of midnight.  It is a Roman Catholic congregation still getting used to the new liturgy.  Like many churches it was filled with folks who obviously hadn’t been in church in awhile, …

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