Lent 5A, Liturgy

Make us ready

Holy One,

As we walk the road toward Easter,
we see earthly kingdom powers 
closing in on Jesus.
As we walk the road toward Easter,
we feel the viral spread of anxiety 
closing in on our lives. 

We are worried and afraid. 

Make us ready to go with Jesus.
Give us the courage of the disciples to follow him.
Give us the confidence of Martha to name his power.
Give us the trust of Mary to share our grief with him.  
Give us the vulnerability of Jesus to shed our tears, trusting he weeps with us.

Make us ready, we pray in Christ’s name. Amen. 

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Prayers for Pastors

Not so much with the vulnerability (a prayer for pastors)

Great and Gracious God,

I hear the latest thing
is being vulnerable,
and I don’t mind
confessing to my flaws,
my shortcomings,
my eccentricities.

But there are times
when I am flat
when my own spirit
feels anemic
when I don’t know how
to raise the roof
when Hallelu is
a foreign language
when even punctuation
is a struggle
and my page is blank

not because I don’t know
and believe, which is different,
in You and Your glory
or the work I am striving
to do on Your behalf,
but because the things –
well, there are things.

Financial stress
Physical illness
Personal relationships
Family concerns
Vocational drama
or lack thereof
(any of these alone
and sometimes all
and even more)

And I would say:
not so much
with the vulnerability
we don’t preach that stuff
we don’t spill it all over
we don’t place that weight
on the people who gather

But I wonder
if the weight
isn’t evident

Doesn’t press down
on them as much
as on me

Doesn’t make them wonder
what they are doing wrong

And if I feel this way
maybe they need to know
that faithful people
struggle

But for that I need to confess it.

So here we are.

Help me, I pray.

Amen.