Give Us More Seats! – A Prayer For a Friday

Give Us More Seats! – A Prayer For a Friday

BY JON TSCHANZ God, you give us the symbol of the table as one of the single most important symbols of Christianity. It’s hard to find Jesus not at the table and it’s hard to find Jesus not at the table with the outcasts, the poor, the sinner, the insider, the rich, the tax collector, the sick and destitute-- there doesn’t seem to be anyone that you leave out at your table. And, you even leave a seat for us. We haven’t always made the cut, God. We know we have not loved…Read more
FEAR – A Prayer For A Friday

FEAR – A Prayer For A Friday

BY CAROLINE MILLER Dear God, When I was very young, I was taught that You were the light in the darkness that I feared... As your daughter, I've encountered a lot of fear in my life. I can tell You now, that I myself am more afraid than ever. And I'm not sure about the people here in this room around me, but I'm pretty sure if they haven't before, they are probably experiencing a time in their lives where they are afraid of something too. Afraid of failure, afraid of loneliness, afraid…Read more
A Prayer for Mother’s Day

A Prayer for Mother’s Day

BY JON TSCHANZ God, you tell us in scripture that your love is like a mother hen who gives safety, security and comfort to her children. Today we honor the closest thing we get to experience to that love you speak of in that passage, we honor our mothers. But, the love of our mothers come in all different ways. So this morning we want to meditate on all of the mothers whether that be biological, adoptive, step, spiritual or grandmothers who have given us glimpses of your love, God. Let us remember…Read more
Optics of the Spirit

Optics of the Spirit

BY JON TSCHANZ God, to walk in your Spirit is a very dangerous, life-changing and beautiful act. Dangerous because it will change everything in our lives, life-changing because it will shift our views, perspectives, lenses and optics towards you and beautiful because there is no other word to describe life in your spirit than beauty. But for you, God, your beauty is different than our beauty. Your beauty is love found in the people we least expect. Your beauty is found in love instead of condemnation. Your beauty is found in grace instead…Read more
A Prayer for a Fast From Media

A Prayer for a Fast From Media

BY JON TSCHANZ God, you know that we have many distractions at our fingertips. God, you know that we rush to be saved by technology and then we rush to be saved from it.[1] And we confess that because of this, we often miss what’s right in front of us. We know God that technology is not good or bad, but the way we use it can often blind to what’s really important or blind us to our neighbors who are in need or relationships that can grow. It can blind us to…Read more