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Finger Labyrinth

Posted by on Mar 11, 2019 in Lent, Prayers/Litanies, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow | 0 comments

  Here is a procedure outline for using a finger labyrinth in a service of worship.  It could be adapted to fit into a variety of places during a special service or on a Sunday morning. Length is approximately 2-3 minutes. I usually print the labyrinth graphic on the front cover of the service bulletin for easy access but it could also be printed as an insert. Scripture reading can be changed according to service theme and season of the year. Introduction: (Say something like this) – “I invite us all now into a time of...

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An Ash Wednesday Reading for 2 Voices

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in By Season, Lent, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Here is an Ash Wednesday reading based on Psalm, 51, verses 1-17 that is meant for two readers.  The text of the Psalm is interspersed with commentary by an imaginary person reading and reflecting on the text.  The commentary itself may be useful, but it’s also there to give permission to worshipers to engage in their own honest dialogue with this ancient text.  Of course, the commentary can be changed as you see fit for use in your particular setting.  (Note: the Psalm text is from the New Revised Standard Version but most translations...

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LENT 2019: Create in Me

Posted by on Feb 3, 2019 in Lent, Sermons, Slideshow | 0 comments

Lent can be an especially good time to preach a sermon series as attendance (in my experience) is consistent and increases as Easter approaches.  This year I was inspired by the Ash Wednesday reading from Psalm 51:  “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” Commentators tell us that “create” is a translation of the Hebrew bara’, and is usually used to describe God’s actions.  God is the one who creates.  The psalmist’s prayer, is an appeal for God to act by...

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Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in Arts, Communion and Baptism, Epiphany, Peace & Justice, Slideshow | 0 comments

A short poem for Baptism of Jesus Sunday.  Could be used as a call to worship, prayer, or just printed in bulletin/projected.  Audio version of the author reading poem along with text version are both below. baptized, i know i am i’ve got the certificate in my safe illustrated baby on the front tied with blue ribbon (if i remember correctly) a signature from my pastor at the time that’s all i know about the moment i was dipped     long before i was...

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