Pastoral Prayer for September 3, 2023
Our pastoral prayer this morning comes to us from Walter Brueggemann,
UCC Biblical Scholar and Theologian.
We would as soon you were predictable
and always the same toward us.
We would like to take the hammer of doctrine
and take the nails of piety
and nail your feet to the floor
and have you stay in one place.
And then we find you moving,
always surprising us,
always coming at us from new directions.
Always planting us
and uprooting us
and tearing all things down
and making all things new.
We pray for the great gift of freedom
that we may be free toward you
as you are in your world.
Give us that gift of freedom
that we may move in new places
in obedience and gratitude.
Thank you for Jesus
who embodied your freedom for all of us.