Prayers for Pastors

To raise holy hell

To raise holy hellHoly One

You give us strength
To face oppressors
To fight injustice
To bear misunderstanding
To bring peace

To resist evil

You make us ready
To comfort the suffering
To encourage the humble
To call out the hypocrites
To equip the saints

To unsettle the satisfied

You call on us
To walk our talk
To sing Your song
To shout down evil
To take a knee

To raise holy hell

May we rise up
To the tasks set
When they are hard
And necessary
Unpopular and
Revolutionary

In the name of Jesus

Amen

Prayers for Pastors

Would we open the doors?

Dear God,

I ask myself,

Would we open the doors
On a Friday night
And shelter protestors?

Or would we stop short,
Worried about the police,
Or angry neighbors?

Would we turn off the lights,
Draw the blinds,
Hide in the office?

Or would we be ready
With water and cookies,
And first aid kits?

Would we welcome strangers,
For Your sake,
And keep them safe?

O God,
who opens doors,
I hope so.


(Offered with thanksgiving for Central Reform Congregation and University United Methodist Church in St. Louis and their hospitality to protestors this weekend.)

Prayers for Pastors

No Grocery Store Bread (a prayer for pastors)

A jug of bleach
A bottle of water
A loaf of bread

We start a list of things needed
when a storm is on the horizon.

Everyone grabs loaves of bread
a guarantee against short-term hunger.

Bleach is to disinfect drinking water
in case you don’t have power to boil it.

My friend bakes a cake,
to pass the time waiting
for the storm to hit
and humor the household.

We know how to prepare for a storm.

Meanwhile the news points elsewhere:
to resignations and pardons,
to discrimination and deportation.

What jug, what bottle, what loaf
can bolster us for the struggle
against the wrong people do?

No grocery store bread can do it.

We know what you did, Lord Jesus.

You put your own body on the line
for goodness, for mercy, for justice.

You are the bread we need,
the bread that will sustain us.

Give us life
and strength to live it
on the line for You.