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Prayer: The Baptism of the Lord

O Father, may we come to life in the dangerous waters of baptism. May we find breath in the brooding Spirit enveloping us. May we hear your heavenly voice call us by name and bestow on us you favor and dignity. May we become a new creation filled with vulnerable power. May we go forth renewed as your sons and ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the book of Genesis (Chapter 18:20-32)   Imagine making a deal with God, bargaining with God over the fate of thousands of people. That is the scene here with Abraham asking God to spare the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. It is like a scene from a Middle Eastern ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Third Sunday of Lent

A reading from the Book of Exodus (Chapter 3:1-8a, 13-15)   This is the famous story of God speaking to Moses from a burning bush. God says to Moses, “‘Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground. I am the God of your fathers, the God ...
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Prayer: The Demands of Baptism

God of love, in the Jordan River you revealed Jesus as your beloved Son. We praise you for the gift of Christ, our salvation and our peace. You anointed Jesus for the service of the world. Strengthen the Church’s witness to this mission in our world today. You brought us to new life and made us members of ...
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Baptism: God Calls Us Each by Name

When I baptized a baby recently, one of the folks in attendance felt that she had missed something.   Approaching me afterwards in the narthex, she asked, “Didn’t we used to put salt in the baby’s mouth?”   Yes, the hypothetical “we” did do that before the ritual commonly used now was adopted. I guess ...
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Prayer: Responding to God’s Call

Gracious God, in Jesus words we are invited to be partners in his work of witnessing to your kingdom on earth. In his words, we are reminded of the mission and responsibility that we received in our baptism. Keep our hearts, eyes, and ears open, so that daily we will respond to your call. With courage and humility, relying ...
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