Do you want to learn how to write prayers and liturgy? Psalms and Calls to Worship? Confessions and Personal Prayers? This Zoom Workshop is designed for all levels and experiences for people to engage in prayer writing–using the scripture as your guide.
Sunday November 20th 4pm-6pm (Eastern) $40
Thursday Dec 1st 12pm-2pm
Led by Katy Stenta, Pastor, Writer and Educator
For more information to sign up, email Katyandtheword at gmail.com. Titled “Liturgy”
Katy Stenta is a regular contributor to Sermonsuite, RevGalBlogPals, and is published in Enfleshed, Presbyterian’s Today and Outlook. She received her undergraduate in English and History and Minor on Philosophy at Oberlin, her M. Div. and MA in Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is currently pursuing her D. Min. in Creative Writing as a Public Theologian at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She also writes personal prayers regularly at katyandtheword.com.
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God, I know what it is to love And have nothing else.
I know what it is to be sick for a week, a month, a year and pray and hope for treatment And be stuck with nothing but waiting And illnesses wash over you–and you are stuck with surviving at such a time as this
I know what it is to see your beloved stuck in the throes of psychosis Screaming for you to help them And you are right there But they can’t hear or see your love at such a time as this
I know what it is to be the one talking to estranged family members hearing both sides of the story Knowing that both sides are right in their own way seeing the irony of how similar they and bearing the sadness of their loneliness and hurt during the holidays at such a time as this
I know what it is to worry about your kids getting sick And the dangers of gun violence that seem to be around every corner but that society has deemed that the economy is important, so you send them To school, to the theater, to the shopping center, to activities at such a time as this
I know what it is to act in love To make the best choice one can When there is not right choice Only the best choice at hand- After years of “once in lifetimes” wars, violences, protests, recessions and pandemics, until we learn the truth God at such a time as this
We are in an apocalyptic times: a great revealing of truths. In such a time as this I keep learning the authentic sacrifices of love: communication, doing one’s best, forgiveness, boundaries God, you don’t have to be Queen Esther to live in this advent world at such a time as this
We are all holding each other’s hands And walking each other home In such a time as this– God, I know you understand too I’m hanging onto that with both hands this advent, as I’m waiting at such a time as this
Let’s light a candle of love, especially at such a time as this, light this candle with us I pray Amen
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Here’s a Prayer for Advent For those are stuck in injustice for so long they seek justice with every breath they breathe and long for a new kind of liberation.
Here’s a prayer for those stuck in the throes of grief gnarled in the pain and cannot feel those who are holding their hands in darkness.
Here is a prayer those sick so prologuedly, they don’t remember what health feels like, and subsist instead on better days.
Here’s a prayer for the lonely whose teeth ache when they see companionship who lurk in the corners of libraries and shops and love to converse with strangers and angels unawares.
Here’s a prayer for the victims of violence and abuse from microagressions to verbal, from physical to assassination To all those who cannot be safe because where they are or who they are.
Here’s a prayer for those who just don’t know Lord They are just so tired and confused, and stuck They aren’t sure where to go next or what to do But they are certain that they need to figure out the next step.
Here’s a prayer for those on the edge of death, you know the ones God, waiting for that next family gathering or that last visit, or the strength to let go– Or even Christmas to pass, in order to join the rest of the Saints.
This is a prayer for all those waiting, Maybe what we have is not yet hope, perhaps it is hoping for hope But that is enough to light the candle together That is enough to wait for God together, for the miracle whispers to us.
It whispers of the one who is to come: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Purveyor of Peace And Government will rest upon their shoulders– God, we are holding our breath, and light the candle hoping for hope.
We are praying with the world today, O Come, O Come Emmanuel we Pray. Amen.
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The Membership Questions: If I Wrote them Expanded: Do you reject Evil Of Guns Of White Supremacy Of the False Gospel of Hate Of the Nationalism Of trying to Control Your Child’s Life Do you reject the idolatry of Power, Greed, Imperialism, Capitalism and Control?
Do you surrender to the Loving and Searing Truth of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who opens your heart in such away that you continually examine your life and ask–am I living in a way that adhere’s to God’s Life Giving Standards?
Do I, to Love my Enemies, Are the Imprisoned? Give Food to those in Near, Somehow free myself To Not Judge those different than you and to Welcome those who are different in Gender, Race, Sexuality, Age and Ability to my House, Home, Table and Life?
Do I affirm the Apostles Creed, as far as I understand it, knowing that it is a lifelong mystery. Do I affirm what I know and commit to continual study of the Apostles Creed and God?