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Stations of the Cross 2019

Posted by on Apr 10, 2019 in Arts, By Season, Lent, Prayers/Litanies, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Stations of the Cross 2019

Below is a link to  a booklet we used at Charlotte Congregational Church on Good Friday 2019 for an outdoor walking meditation.  Our congregation made 14 crosses and then tied them to trees in the woods behind our church building.  At 4PM we began walking from station to station, using this booklet to guide our reflections.  The “Connection” for each station was written by Rev. Susan Cooke Kittredge and the “Prayer” for each station was adapted by Rev. Will Burhans from “The Stations of the Cross” written by Passionist Missionaries of Union...

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Baptized

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

Baptized

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.  http://worshipwell.church/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Baptized-2_8_2019.mp3 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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Advent Wreath 2018

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Advent, Arts, By Season, Call to Worship, Christmas, Slideshow | 0 comments

Advent Wreath 2018

“Silent Night, Holy Night” was first performed on 12/24 1818 at St. Nicholas church of Oberndorf.  It was performed by Franz Xaver Gruber (composed tune) and Joseph Mohr (wrote lyrics).  That means that the hymn celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2018!!  To commemorate this anniversary, here  is an Advent Wreath lighting liturgy for all four Sundays in Advent and for Christmas Eve. Advent 1: Hope Word of Hope: Psalm 25:1-10 One: Lift up our souls. MANY: As your beloved, we ask: do not remember our failings. One: But lead us in...

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Sunday that Rocks

Posted by on Nov 5, 2018 in Arts, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Sunday that Rocks

Here is an order of worship for a that weaves rock imagery and rock-themed Scripture verses throughout the service.  It was created for worship on 9/16/2018 (17th Sunday after Pentecost) Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our Salvation. – Psalm 95 WE GATHER AS GOD’S PEOPLE Prelude Welcome & Announcements Introit: “Jesus is the Rock” (video): find it here (Jesus is the Rock (Bop shoo bop shoo bop woooo!) HD with lyrics Posted by Andrew Leer, Published on Jul 21, 2013)   Call to Worship...

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Time to Heal

Posted by on Oct 18, 2018 in Arts, Call to Worship, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow | 0 comments

Time to Heal

Here is a greeting and welcome or call to worship that could be used with call and response format.  It may be more effective to simply have the worship leader recite it from memory. Time to Heal not the bells, but the ringing not the song, but the singing not the candles, but the fire burning Spirit who inspires not the words, but the tilling not the silence, but the stilling none here strangers, all are neighbors time to heal now from our labors © Rev. Kevin Goldenbogen, 2018 Kevin Goldenbogen is an ordained minister in the United Church of...

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We Told Them Another Parable

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in Arts, By Season, Pentecost, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

We Told Them Another Parable

For World Communion Sunday, 2018, Kevin Goldenbogen at his home congregation preached about the Parable of the Yeast from Matthew 13:33: “He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” (New Revised Standard Version). The brevity and density of this one sentence parable lends itself to repetition and so before the sermon, and because it was World Communion Sunday, they invited 7 readers to read the story in a different...

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Earth…Fire…Spirit

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Arts, Pentecost, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow | 0 comments

Earth…Fire…Spirit

Earth, Fire, & Spirit, by Rev. Bert Marshall A Dramatic Reading for Pentecost Sunday Based on Acts 2:1–21 Pentecost! The birth of the church! We’ve come a long way since that ancient beginning. The biblical passage for Pentecost suggests that the Christian church did not arise from a clear, single-mindedness of purpose. Our tradition, instead, burst into the world in a rush of wind, a blaze of fire, and a cacophony of voices and languages. There was no “gold- en age” of unity and harmony. The mystery and miracle of the Jesus movement is...

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Man Born Blind

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Arts, By Season, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow | 0 comments

Man Born Blind

THE MAN BORN BLIND – John 9:1-41 An ensemble presentation created by Rev. Bert Marshall from the Scholars Version of the Gospel of John CAST Narrator Jesus Man born blind His parents Chorus (playing the parts of the Disciples, the Neighbors, the Pharisees, and the Judeans) [The man born blind stands in the center, farthest from the congregation.  The narrator stands to his right, Jesus to his left, each slightly forward.  The chorus is on the wings, with half of them on one side, and half on the other side.  A shallow arc is formed. ...

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“Wondrous” Lenten Reading

Posted by on Jan 27, 2018 in Arts, Lent, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow | 0 comments

“Wondrous” Lenten Reading

Through the seasons of the church year, we are quick to change colors, paraments, candles, seating arrangements and hymns, but maybe not so quick to change how we read Scripture.  In most churches I know, there is “the” Scripture moment in worship when the liturgist/worship assistant/reader walks to the lectern, introduces the reading(s), reads, and then sits down.  The readings change seasonally, of course, but HOW we read them remains consistent. Consistency in the HOW of reading is not a bad thing, but diversity in the HOW of...

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Dayspring – Reading for 3 Voices

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Advent, Arts, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow | 0 comments

Dayspring – Reading for 3 Voices

Here is an Advent/Christmas Eve reading for 3 voices based on Luke 1:67-79 (Zechariah’s Song).  It weaves together two spoken voices with a sung refrain.  The refrain is from the traditional Appalachian spiritual, “Bright Morning Stars.”  The song has been recorded by many and the sheet music is readily available from a variety of sources.  Here is one place to look: Amidon Music It is a simple arrangement but rehearsal is advance will be important to get the pacing and timing right. Note: I am grateful to scriptureecho.com...

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