A pastor’s prayer for Monday morning


Lord, I probably shouldn’t take Mondays off. Too much of today is filled with yesterday. What good is a day away if it’s filled with thoughts about what’s already happened and can’t be changed?

I loved being at church yesterday. So that’s good. I can’t always say that on Mondays, but I can today. Small blessings.

I can’t say much about yesterday’s sermon. It probably could have used more work, but you hear me say that most weeks and are probably tired of it. Am I right? I’ll try to be less critical of myself. But getting rid of those perfectionist tendencies has become a lifelong project. I could use some help. This is going to take some divine intervention.

I loved the music yesterday. Organ, flute, piano, all in various combinations.

Also, we sing all of my favorites on Christ the King. We missed “Crown Him with Many Crowns” this year, but happily no one complained (although that email may still arrive later today).

Following the church calendar is important to me, but I have a nagging suspicion that it doesn’t mean much to you. Anything I should know about that? Advent? Lent? Will there be much of that in the life after this? Christ the King helps me to remember that this victory I am looking forward to has already been won, and I need the reminder, even though you don’t.

Sometimes I get confused about what’s supposed to happen in worship. I love singing certain songs, not others, but I don’t usually think about what pleases you. If it pleases me, does it please you? A lot of things please me that surely don’t please you, so there must be more to think about than my feelings.

Or maybe I should think less on Mondays and enjoy the day more. I suppose that’s what would please you most, enjoying this gift you have given me. I’ll try to do that.

And thank you for listening. I need that.




(Photos: That photo at the top of this post got my attention last Saturday. I didn’t need my German-English dictionary to understand it. I was on what was for me a new mountain path, along with eight other men from my church. Happily, I can report that no rocks fell on us. The next photo gives our location, and the photo at the bottom shows some of Switzerland’s tallest mountains in the distance. A beautiful day.)

About Doug

I have been a writer ever since fifth grade when I won second prize in a “prose and poetry” contest. I am also a Presbyterian pastor, and for several years toward the end of my career I lived and worked in Zürich, Switzerland. I am now retired and live just north of Holland, Michigan, along the lake.

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5 Responses to A pastor’s prayer for Monday morning

  1. Carter C. Good November 24, 2014 at 4:39 am #

    I enjoyed yesterday as well and I too often “take off” Mondays for analogous reasons, I am assuming, to your own

    Maybe we both are in a good place “together” but that place just turns out to be a different place altogether?

    One on the mountain top, maybe one in the valley, one looking down more than up and the other vice versa

    But God is in both places and therefore together we be, maybe alone but hopefully never lonely

    God’s peace my friend

  2. Hans Martin Graf November 24, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    Interesting reflection on the “impact” and path of worship. Seems a minor question compared to Joshua’s challenge or the practicing for life question you left us with recently. Don’t dwell too long on this one: Your well rounded (and short!) sermons are truly in the tradition of Zwingli as practiced around here. Keep the questions coming!

    God Bless

    • Doug November 27, 2014 at 4:28 am #

      Thanks, Hans!

  3. Jürg U. Kessler November 28, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    I don’t think the church calendar was made for God!
    But seasons like Advent or Lent help us to focus our worship on specific themes of the Bible, and to be reminded of some of the most essentials every year.
    Regarding your sermons I agree with the above! What would be interesting maybe is a discussion of the Sermon after worship. Not in order to criticize but sometimes to clarify and to learn more.

    • Doug November 29, 2014 at 9:29 am #

      Interesting you should suggest that, Juerg. I plan to start after the new year. We’ll see what happens!