prayer from the cell: Sunday mornings

Sunday morning’s are amazingly peaceful. They are full of blessing. Presence abounds. Benediction reigns. I rarely say a word.

That is my confession.

About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • sam scoville

    When I was young, I would wear my pajama bottoms under my wool go-to-church pants and still itched and scratched all morning. We could hear the church across the street hooting and hollering and called them holy rollers. On the other corner: the massive Catholic church where, as a youngster, you could harvest cigarette butts off their steps later in the after noon and smoke them behind the nunnery next door. Presence abounding. Benedictions raining.

  • Kaye

    I love Sunday mornings now, too.

  • JP

    Sunday mornings without the pressure of getting ready for the strange sociological setting called “church” … beautiful!

  • Pat Pope

    Me too. Stress free as I freely attend a church now without the baggage of a position and if I don’t feel like going, like this morning, I stay in and get the rest that I need without any hint of guilt.

  • Dylan Morrison Author

    Ah – it was at first an odd but very freeing feeling walking past the endless row of cars parked outside ‘churches’ in Northern Ireland as I headed to the local coffee house with my Sunday papers. Such is the life of a recovering religious junkie.

  • Sugar

    Agreed… thank God for Sunday mornings!

  • Doug Sloan

    I hope that someday somewhere you can find the same sense of worship, peace and blessing in community as well as in solitude.

  • Sarah

    Yey. You go man.

  • andrew bryce

    I still think you have so much to offer the greater community as a role of shepherd in the context of Christian community David…perhaps in a way that hasn’t been explored by the way you expressed faith before. Just sayin.

  • nakedpastor

    i hear ya andrew

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  • Brigitte

    There are so many Christ-less sermons, nowadays, that it could be that you are not missing anything. I-monk blog had a good post about Christ-less sermons, yesterday.

    You would be better off staying at home than subjecting to crap.

    Better, yet, as you would know I would say, would be to find a church which is indeed Christ-centered.