a community creating for the relentless return of Sunday

prayer for leadership

“Fill the sails of life of this church – your church – O God, with your Holy Spirit, and guide us by the light of Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen”

Submitted by Jerie Messer Lukefahr, Commissioned Ruling Elder

affirmation: seasons of life

We believe that God creates, orders and sustains all seasons of life;
God makes spring color burst from the grey of winter,
and the summer heat dissolve into the cool of autumn.

We believe that in the right season, God sent Jesus
to be our Light, our Life, our Love and our Salvation.

We believe that in this present moment, the Holy Spirit sustains us,
and gives us patience, creativity, imagination and courage,
as we seek new ways to answer God’s call.

We believe that God is with us, in every season of our life together.
And we are grateful.


Written for a congregation going through a discernment process.
Submitted by Jerie Messer Lukefahr

What Peter Wished He’d Said

I’m a fisherman, Lord, not a mountain climber.
I know sunburn, not radiance.
I know the fog of the sea, not heavenly mists.
I know the seagull’s call, not Mysterious Voices.
I know my yesterdays, not my future days.
But I also know You, Jesus.
And you, I will follow:
Back down the mountain,
to Jerusalem,
to an upper room,
to a midnight garden,
to a cross…

Submitted by Jerie Messer Lukefahr, elder St. Mark Presbyterian in Ballwin MO, CRE in training

confession: we don’t like kings

We don’t like Earthly kings so much anymore, Lord. No, we don’t. We’ve moved on in this New Century, and have created other things to rule our lives: our cell phones, our favorite sports teams, our shopping malls, our Facebook pages, our calendars crowded with to-do lists and appointments, our worries, our bills to pay…it seems we have agreed to serve just about everything and everybody -except for You. Forgive us. May Your Kingdom come, to a place right here in our hearts, where you rule as our Good Shepherd, with love, compassion and forgiveness. Amen.

Submitted by Jerie Messer Lukefahr, via the comments!