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Prayer: Using Our Gifts; Empowering Others

Lord God, we gather together in your name. We acknowledge your loving presence among us. We ask you to help us to recognize the many gifts we have received from you. We thank you, in particular, for inviting us to serve you. Guide us as we seek to use our own gifts more fully ...
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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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A Prayer to Make God Present in the World

Be with us, Jesus, as we go about our lives this week. Watch over our days and nights. Help us be aware that the lives we lead each day are our response to the great love shown to us in your coming into this world. We pray in the name of the Father, you, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. ...
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A Prayer for Family Life

Heavenly Father, we ask you to keep us from taking the ordinary so much for granted. Help us be patient with each other. Help us appreciate all people and see anew the mystery of godliness within them. Give us the humility to ask for the forgiveness we need and the generosity to offer our own forgiveness to others ...
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Hear the Word! By Bill Ayres: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

A reading from the Book of the First Book of Samuel (Chapter 3:20-22, 24-28)   This is a heart-warming and heartbreaking story, especially for those of us who are parents. Many of us have prayed for a child as Hannah did and were overjoyed when that child was born. I suspect that ...
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