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Peter Andrew Smith is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada currently serving St. James United Church in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He is the author of All Things are Ready (CSS) a book of lectionary based communion prayers and a number of stories and articles, which can be found listed at www.peterandrewsmith.com.
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A Difficult Message -- Isaiah 5:1-7 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2022
Abbie walked through the door, threw her coat on the chair and crashed onto the couch.
First Things First -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - C -- 2022
Rob put the marker down and looked at the whiteboard. “I think we need a children’s ministry.”
We Remain -- Jeremiah 32:1-3a, Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2022
“I want to hold a picnic on the last day we’re having Sunday School before summer begins,” Janice an
Parts of the Body -- 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2022
“No problem.” Carl held up his hands.
The Price of Grace -- Isaiah 55:1-9 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Third Sunday in Lent - C -- 2022
Burt stood in front of the food truck and frowned.
A Mind Like Christ -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Passion Sunday - C -- 2022
John held open the main door to the office building for James.
Words from the Past -- Acts 10:34-43 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Easter Day - C -- 2022
Joan sat in the living room sipping her coffee.
Listening to Jesus -- John 10:22-30 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
Keith sat at the back of the chapel enjoying the silence.
Looking in the Right Place -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Ascension of the Lord - C -- 2022
Will stood in line at the cafeteria oblivious to the smells and noise and activity of the other stud
Exploring the Mystery -- John 16:12-15 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2022
Tim flopped down on the couch in the youth group room.
How Hard is It? -- 2 Kings 5:1-14 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 2022
John sat in the front seat of his car and looked at the door of the apartment building.
Another Side of Prayer -- Luke 11:1-13 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2022
Luke moved to one side of the walking trail without looking up.
Salt of the Earth -- Matthew 5:13-20 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 2020
Maxine tapped her pen on the table as she looked at the open Bible in front of her.
Left Behind -- Acts 1:1-11, Luke 24:44-53 -- Keith Hewitt, Peter Andrew Smith -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2020
Contents “Left Behind” by Keith Hewitt
In God's Image -- Genesis 1:1--2:4a -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - A -- 2020
Let us make people in our own image. Jessie narrowed her eyes and read Genesis 1:26 one mor
Welcoming -- Matthew 10:40-42 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Keith Hewitt -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2020
Contents “Welcoming” by Peter Andrew Smith
The Invaders -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Genesis 28:10-19a -- Keith Hewitt, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2020
Contents "The Invaders" by Keith Hewitt
Faith In the Storm -- Matthew 14:22-33 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A -- 2020
Luke stared at the stack of papers sitting in front of him.
Holy Ground -- Exodus 3:1-15 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2020
Charlie noticed the church a few blocks from his new apartment as he wandered toward the downtown.
Coming to Jesus -- Matthew 20:1-16 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A -- 2020
Helen’s picked up her phone to look at the new message.
Dealing With Sin -- Exodus 32:1-14 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2020
John entered the room without saying a word and took a seat at one end of the table.
Truly Exalted -- Matthew 23:1-12 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - A -- 2020
“There were so many people involved in the project I’m not sure I deserve to be singled out,” Jenny
Called to Serve -- Judges 4:1-7 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - A -- 2020
Judy appeared at the door. “Your two o’clock appointment is waiting for you.”
Everything is Possible with God -- 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16, Luke 1:26-38, Luke 1:46b-55 -- Peter Andrew Smith, David O. Bales -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B -- 2020
Contents “Everything is Possible with God” by Peter Andrew Smith

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Exploring the Mystery -- John 16:12-15 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2022
Tim flopped down on the couch in the youth group room.

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Listening to Jesus -- John 10:22-30 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
Keith sat at the back of the chapel enjoying the silence.
Looking in the Right Place -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Ascension of the Lord - C -- 2022
Will stood in line at the cafeteria oblivious to the smells and noise and activity of the other stud
Exploring the Mystery -- John 16:12-15 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2022
Tim flopped down on the couch in the youth group room.
How Hard is It? -- 2 Kings 5:1-14 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 2022
John sat in the front seat of his car and looked at the door of the apartment building.
Another Side of Prayer -- Luke 11:1-13 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2022
Luke moved to one side of the walking trail without looking up.
A Difficult Message -- Isaiah 5:1-7 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2022
Abbie walked through the door, threw her coat on the chair and crashed onto the couch.
First Things First -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - C -- 2022
Rob put the marker down and looked at the whiteboard. “I think we need a children’s ministry.”
We Remain -- Jeremiah 32:1-3a, Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2022
“I want to hold a picnic on the last day we’re having Sunday School before summer begins,” Janice an
Living in Hope -- Isaiah 60:1-6 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Epiphany of the Lord - C -- 2022
“I know they’ll come.” Mary shifted in her wheelchair but kept looking out the window.
Parts of the Body -- 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2022
“No problem.” Carl held up his hands.
Silent Witness -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 2022
Luke watched Marion as she spoke her nonsense syllables and wondered what he was doing here.
The Price of Grace -- Isaiah 55:1-9 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Third Sunday in Lent - C -- 2022
Burt stood in front of the food truck and frowned.
A Mind Like Christ -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Passion Sunday - C -- 2022
John held open the main door to the office building for James.
Words from the Past -- Acts 10:34-43 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Easter Day - C -- 2022
Joan sat in the living room sipping her coffee.
Forty Years Later -- 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, Exodus 20:1-17, John 2:13-22 -- David O. Bales, Peter Andrew Smith -- Third Sunday in Lent - B -- 2021
Contents“Forty Years Later” by David O. Bales
Mindful of Christ -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Psalm 31:9-16 -- Peter Andrew Smith, David O. Bales -- Passion Sunday - B -- 2021
Contents“Mindful of Christ” by Peter Andrew Smith
Despite Unreliable Witnesses -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Mark 16:1-8 -- David O. Bales, Peter Andrew Smith -- Easter Day - B -- 2021
Contents“Despite Unreliable Witnesses” by David O. Bales
Trusting in God -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, Psalm 23 -- Peter Andrew Smith, David O. Bales -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2021
Contents“Trusting in God” by Peter Andrew Smith
Not the Hour or the Day -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Peter Andrew Smith, David O. Bales -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2021
Contents“Not the Hour or the Day” by Peter Andrew Smith
One King Dead, Another King Eternal -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, Psalm 29 -- David O. Bales, Peter Andrew Smith -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2021
Contents“One King Dead, Another King Eternal” by David O. Bales
A David and Goliath Story -- 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49, 2 Corinthians 6:1-13, Mark 4:35-41 -- Peter Andrew Smith, David O. Bales -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 2021
Contents “A David and Goliath Story” by Peter Andrew Smith
Through Michal's Two Windows -- Ephesians 1:3-14, 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19, Psalm 24 -- David O. Bales, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - B -- 2021
Contents“Through Michal’s Two Windows” by David O. Bales
Seeing Your Sin -- 2 Samuel 11-26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- Peter Andrew Smith, David O. Bales -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2021
Contents“Seeing Your Sin” by Peter Andrew Smith

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Exploring the Mystery -- John 16:12-15 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2022
Tim flopped down on the couch in the youth group room.
Silent Witness -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 2022
Luke watched Marion as she spoke her nonsense syllables and wondered what he was doing here.

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Life Of Jesus (1) -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
The Lord be with you.And also with you. Lift up your hearts.
Advent -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
This prayer is a general prayer for Advent focusing on light and the presence of God with us.
Life Of Jesus (2) -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
The Lord be with you.And also with you. Lift up your hearts.
Christmas Eve (1) -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
Since the Christmas readings are the same for all lectionary years, these communion prayers may b
Life Of Jesus (3) -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts.
Christmas Eve (2) -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
The Lord be with you.And also with you. Lift up your hearts.
Prayers After Communion -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
We thank you, gracious God, that you have refreshed us at your table.
Christmas Eve (3) -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
This prayer makes specific use of the familiar Christmas Eve lesson from Luke 2:1-20 with the con
Epiphany -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
This prayer is specifically written for Epiphany (January 6) as it makes specific reference to th
Baptism Of Jesus (A) -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
The next three prayers all focus in on the baptism of Jesus.
Baptism Of Jesus (B) -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
The Lord be with you.And also with you. Lift up your hearts.
Baptism Of Jesus (C) -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
The Lord be with you.And also with you. Lift up your hearts.
Transfiguration (1) -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
These prayers all focus in on the Transfiguration texts but can also be used during the season of
Transfiguration (2) -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
The Lord be with you.And also with you. Lift up your hearts.
Lent -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
The references in this prayer to the covenant makes it especially applicable to Lectionary Cycle
Maundy Thursday -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
This prayer is applicable for Maundy Thursday as it recounts the Exodus and ties it into the Last
Easter Sunday (A) -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
These three communion prayers are written around the Easter stories for the gospels highlighted i
Easter Sunday (B) -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
This prayer makes reference to the stories highlighted in the Old Testament and gospel through th
Easter Sunday (C) -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
The Lord be with you.And also with you. Lift up your hearts.
Pentecost -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
The Lord be with you. And also with you.Lift up your hearts.
Worldwide Communion -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
The Lord be with you.And also with you. Lift up your hearts.
Thanksgiving Sunday -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
This prayer focuses on food and God's gifts to us so while appropriate for Thanksgiving, this mig
Christ The King (A) -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
These prayers are specifically written for the last Sunday of the church year.
Christ The King (B) -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
The Lord be with you.And also with you. Lift up your hearts.
Christ The King (C) -- Peter Andrew Smith -- 2007
The Lord be with you.And also with you. Lift up your hearts.
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