A Prayer For a Friday – Giving Up Excess Possessions For Lent

A Prayer For a Friday – Giving Up Excess Possessions For Lent

BY JON TSCHANZ God, you tell us not to store treasures for ourselves on earth. God, you tell us that where our treasure is, there we will find our heart. We confess today that we have failed those teachings. For some reason we continue to accumulate more and more and then we become confused about what makes us happy or gives us meaning. Our joy and happiness must be found in you. But, God, we seem to care more about having things than you using us for the good of your Kingdom. So…Read more
A Prayer For A Friday – Whirlwinds Of Temptations

A Prayer For A Friday – Whirlwinds Of Temptations

BY JON TSCHANZ God, we confess that we often get caught in a whirlwind of temptations, especially the temptation to define ourselves in ways that you do not define us. We know in our heads that you love us unconditionally, but often we take roads and journeys to earn that love when you already have called us good, called us enough and called us loved. When our toes hit the road of the journey to earn that grace instead of accepting it as gift, guide us to navigate our life through the temptation…Read more
A Prayer For A Friday – New Year, New and Old Rhythms

A Prayer For A Friday – New Year, New and Old Rhythms

BY JON TSCHANZ God, we thank you for rhythms--rhythms to help us reflect and rhythms to help us rest and renew our spirits. As a new year begins help us to reflect on this past year. Help us look back, acknowledge the difficulties, the hurts the pain. Help us look back and remember with gratitude the joy and goodness that we experienced. Now help us to remember the ways in which you moved in our lives. Help us to make sure we notice those ways and be very grateful. We could not have…Read more
A Prayer For A Friday – Upside Down Crowns

A Prayer For A Friday – Upside Down Crowns

BY JON TSCHANZ God, we often choose ways that that do not crown you King. We instead choose politics, money, our own egos, stuff, vanity, selfishness, our appetites for more, even our own experiences, perceptions and understandings of the world as King. So God we ask you to break through our limited views of our lives and put on a third path, a path that will provide us with the most discomfort, the most challenge and the most resistance so that we might know that we are on the path that you chose—the…Read more
A Prayer For All Saints 2016

A Prayer For All Saints 2016

BY JON TSCHANZ God, today, like every Sunday we gather together to remember, with those who have a common language. It’s a language of hope, a language of resurrection and a language of love—a love that never separates. This is why today, for many of us, it’s a difficult day. It’s the day when we remember those who have passed away from our arms to your arms. We remember those of whom we love that left a hole in our lives, a hole in our hearts.   May you give us two things…Read more
Investing In Others

Investing In Others

BY JON TSCHANZ God, you ask us two very important things: to love you and to love people. So may the ways in which we love you show up in the way that we love others. When others don’t love us, may we love them anyway.* When we don’t feel as though others deserve our time, may we give it to the anyway. When we are exhausted with forgiveness and kindness may we still be kind and forgiving. And when we feel like living a self-centered life may be easier, please give us…Read more
A Prayer for a Friday: Being Grateful in the Midst of Life’s Deserts

A Prayer for a Friday: Being Grateful in the Midst of Life’s Deserts

BY JON TSCHANZ God, we don’t know why difficult things happen to us. We don’t know why there are days we can’t go on or why failure and regret hurt so much. We don’t know why often we feel like we are in a desert. Teach us, God, that rather than us living lives where we believe you did this to us, that you are somehow controlling us or making bad things happen to us because of what we have done, give us a different perspective, different eyes. Help us live lives where…Read more
A Prayer for a Friday – Born Again, Every Morning

A Prayer for a Friday – Born Again, Every Morning

BY JON TSCHANZ God, may we awake each day with eyes of being born again. May the beauty of grace fill our eyes like tears so we can see through them in a completely new way. May our lives never be the same, every single day. Because most of us are convinced that we see the world correctly, but we also know that so many things distort our seeing. It’s why we must have new eyes. It’s why we must believe that we are a new creation. It’s why we must be born…Read more
A Prayer for a Friday – Expecting Grace on a White Canvas

A Prayer for a Friday – Expecting Grace on a White Canvas

BY JON TSCHANZ Holy Spirit you are welcome here in this place. May we not so much compare our worth to the things of this world, but may we compare to the worth that you attach to us. We have seen so much of your kingdom. We have seen the beautiful glimpse of what it means to belong in a world of so much exclusion. We have seen you flood your goodness in the ordinary of our lives and make them meaningful. We have experienced the good, the true and the beautiful out…Read more
A Prayer for a Friday – Halos Over Crowns

A Prayer for a Friday – Halos Over Crowns

God, Lent is about a journey into the wilderness. Too often we are tempted with food, power and security. We find security in life’s things. We are well fed and satisfied, but we can feel unsatisfied with life. We see others having more, so we want more. We see others having what seems like a better life so we grasp for more things, more power and that control, that power can start to consume us. But, you teach us a different way to live, a different way to be. You teach us to…Read more
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