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a prayer for a new year

[Since the collect for the 2nd Sunday in Christmas is the same as the prior week, I'm going to offer here a prayer from the new year from the pen of Johann Friedrich Starck, a Lutheran pastor in Germany in the first half of the eighteenth century. May it prompt you to prayerfully consider God's great mercy and care of us all in 2021.] . . .

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January 03, 2021

a prayer on New Year's eve

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Last year, we rang in the new year with a small town dance at the American Legion. The hall was packed with people as music and laughter filled the air with the traditional spirit of New Year's reverie. This New Year's eve will be more sober, as we plan to sit around a fire ring with a very small number of close friends, . . .

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December 31, 2020

Lincoln's Thanksgiving proclamation (1863)

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In 1863, to a nation deeply divided along cultural and political lines, to a country wracked by hundreds of thousands of casualties from an endless civil war, to a people who must've wondered if their beloved United States was on the very brink of collapse, Abraham Lincoln called the American public to a day of thanksgiving and . . .

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November 26, 2020

a prayer for our nation and world

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In light of the events of these past days and nights, let us pray for our nation and our world, that justice might reign, order be restored, and righteousness be the aim of all.

O God, the King of righteousness, lead us, we pray thee, in the ways of justice and of peace; inspire us to break down all oppression and . . .

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June 02, 2020

pray without ceasing

recommended resources for getting started with the Daily Office

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In my last post, I promised to detail some resources I've found helpful in learning to pray the Daily Office. If you're wondering what prompted this post, I suggest you start there. Don't worry, this article isn't going anywhere. It will be here when you get back!

As I mentioned before, there are a number of . . .

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May 08, 2020

I'm done with online 'worship'

a plea to abandon virtual 'worship' in favor of learning to pray

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I'm done with online 'corporate worship.'
I detest it. I can't stand it. It makes me want to scream.
I tried to make the best of it, I really did, but I've decided that I despise everything about it.

It is neither corporate nor worship. It is a facade, not even a decent interim solution to our . . .

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April 22, 2020

Easter Sunday: Gospel and prayer

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Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

Mark 16.1-18 (NKJV)

Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among . . .

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April 12, 2020

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