One Full Week of Newest Hale

This time last week, Christie was being wheeled into the OR & I was putting on my fashion-forward surgical gown & hat, not knowing whom I would get to meet. It’s been pretty crazy since then, but we’re thankful that our new baby boy is doing very well. He’s continuing to eat like a Hale, … Continue reading

Collect for Spy Wednesday

Last Supper, Church of Saint Martin

A prayer for today’s Community Holy Week service at which I am serving as the liturgist, based on the lectionary reading (John 13:21-32). It’s called Spy Wednesday to remember Judas conspiring to betray Jesus. Glorious God, in your Incarnate Word you name the truth of our existence, and through the cross, Christ Jesus emancipates the … Continue reading


Coming out of the morning showing of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with Christie, we discovered that in an elementary school in Connecticut, a school like the one our oldest son and daughter attend here in Texas, dozens were killed in a shooting, many of them children. Already, the condolences are pouring out, as well … Continue reading

Collect for the First Sunday in Lent

Your Son, O God, fasted in the wilderness forty days, and was tempted as we are, yet without sin: grow us in obedience to your Spirit, so by observing discipline we may be truly disciples, and that in our weakness we may know your power to save; through our Brother, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Morning Exsultet

Let’s say you are a pastor or worship planner whose church doesn’t do an Easter Vigil. But you want to share some of the rich tradition of that service with your congregation members. What do you do? Why, you adapt the Exsultet for use during the ordinary prayer time on Easter morning! This is my … Continue reading

A Collect for Just Before Dawn

Bright Morning Star, You guide those who stumble at night and illuminate the path of holiness: Burst upon our sin-sick senses with your glorious light, so that even in this present darkness we may have the faith to be the people you are calling us to become; by the burning light of the Holy Spirit, … Continue reading

Offertory Prayer (17 January 2010)

When the earth quakes, buildings collapse, and lives are destroyed– we ask, “Where are you, O God?” When communities need rebuilding, the afflicted need healing, the sorrowful need comforting, the dead prayerful remembrance– God asks, “Where are you, my people?” May our trust in your faithful love be converted into gifts and works of love … Continue reading

What to Get a Savior Who Already Has Everything?

There’s a lot of talk these days about Christ and Christmas, and what’s appropriate to say and do at this time of year, especially as a person of faith. With so many going to worship this evening to inaugurate the Christmas season, I thought perhaps a brief word on the subject might be appropriate. One … Continue reading

O Emmanuel (December 23)

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O Rex Gentium (December 22)

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=crowd&iid=5094860″ src=”a/7/c/3/Colorful_Peace_flag_4550.jpg?adImageId=8517622&imageId=5094860″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /]O RULER OF THE GENTILES, their treasure and the cornerstone that binds them in one: Come and save those whom you formed from the dust. O come, Desire of nations bind all peoples in one heart and mind. From dust thou brought us forth to life; deliver us … Continue reading