Christians have a special opportunity on a birthday. Declare God’s love, pray, give thanks for life, and bless! Birthday prayers and blessings included.
Posts Tagged ‘prayer’
Many denominations have large gatherings every few years. In the Episcopal Church, for example, there is General Convention. My prayer for this gathering.
A creative and tactile way for all ages to pray, creating a piece of art woven with prayers. Instructions and tips for making a prayer net.
The ancient Celts knew something about comings and goings. Praying for travel affirms the purpose of our journey, and our hope that it will be a good one.
Does your household say a blessing before meals? Gary Taylor explains the importance of this faith practice, along with practical tips to get started.
In a family with small children it is often difficult to know how to create a space to journey through lent together in a developmentally appropriate way. Our family has tried different practices and readings through lent, but the one thing that has been constant in our Lenten practices is simply creating a collection of symbolic items in a central place in the home (i.e. on the family table or on a stand in a main living area).
Here is a prayer that you can use at home or in church as we welcome the New Year.
Looking for Thanksgiving prayers? Here are 10 traditional and contemporary prayers and table graces to use at home or church on Thanksgiving Day.
Life today is as stressful as it has ever been, and this is reflected in the fact that anti-depressants are being prescribed at a higher rate than ever before. However, there is one age-old method that can reduce stress levels for free and without a prescription. People around the world rely on faith to see them through hard times. Faith and spirituality are abstract concepts, but they can lead to concrete results in mental health improvement and stress reduction.
Churches play a large role as the school year begins, blessing and sending students and teachers in the name of God. Read more for tips and suggestions.
I am writing this post from Shrine Mont, which is a Christian retreat center in Orkney Springs, Virginia – in the Shenandoah Valley. During the summer, Shrine Mont welcomes over 900 campers throughout the summer, with various camps and sessions.
While the camp themes differ (art, sports, outdoors), worship is the thing that draws them all together.
And the best worship tradition has to be THE SHOUTING PRAYER.
As Central American children stream across the US border in unprecedented numbers, congregations across the country are moving from adding a line in the Prayers of the People towards meaningful engagement, both in worship and personal action. If you are looking for faithful response, more information, or routes for advocacy, we have collected a few resources. […]
Children are on a mission: God is working in, through and with them. what might be our role as parents – or caregivers in any capacity? How do we celebrate their noticings, attend when they are joyous or sorrowful, and offer creative paths from boredom into engagement?
Listening comes first: fully listening to the child – not distracted by our busy schedules and mobile devices. It helps for us to be thinking in terms of of leading questions that engage, instead of just seeking the right answer. For example, “What do you think about that?”
Christians beg to differ. And so it is: when we use our bodies in worship, we make a theological claim. Flesh can be good! Of course, in this world we will always fall short (sin), but as we offer our bodies in service to God, we get a glimpse of God’s ultimate intention. And that intention is good!
So… how about sign language? The good folks at St. Gregory of Nyssa in San Francisco have passed on to us their resources for using sign American language during traditional Episcopal worship services.
This past Pentecost Sunday, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Kasson, MN, celebrated a Blessing of the Bikes. After the recessional hymn we followed the Cross outside to the front of the church, where we gathered for a prayer together before blessing the riders and their bikes. After another prayer together the riders started up their bikes and revved the engines – the sound was like church bells.
A prayer to use on the Day of Pentecost for worship. Can be used as call-and-response, by the whole congregation, or individuals.
How do we understand the Feast of the Ascension, which we we celebrate 40 days after Easter? This post offers explanations, crafts, and links.
“Remembering their sacrifice, we rededicate ourselves to the tradition of courage that you, our Lord, have instilled in us.” Prayers for Memorial Day.