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
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
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 – 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
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
I Learned That In Orlando

I Learned That In Orlando

BY JON TSCHANZ   I love Orlando. People are always surprised by that fact. I was born in a suburb outside of Dallas, TX. Went to college in Tampa. Lived a white progressive’s dream in Durham, NC. And loved my year in the beautiful and diverse Miami. But I grew up in Orlando. I love Orlando. And, maybe more importantly, I love what Orlando and its people have taught me. On Saturday June 12, 2016, though, a shadow of darkness came over my City Beautiful when Omar Mateen entered into Pulse and took…Read more
Sushi With Grandma Jennie

Sushi With Grandma Jennie

BY JON TSCHANZ My Grandma Jennie loves sushi. 1 Seaweed Salad and 1 House Salad. 2 Celebration Rings, 1 Spicy Tuna, 1 Mexican Roll, 1 Asparagus roll and 1 Garden Roll. At our spot, that's our order and we split it. This is an amazing feat, by the way, considering I'm a terrible sharer. I even punched a kid in preschool because he was taking my toys. My Grandma Jennie also loves to tell stories. So we eat and talk, talk and eat. When she feels like she has had enough, she let's me know…Read more