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X-mas Eve Reading: Darkness/Light

Posted by on Nov 1, 2019 in Advent, Arts, Call to Worship, Christmas, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

X-mas Eve Reading: Darkness/Light

Here is a dramatic reading for a Christmas Eve service of worship inspired by John 1. A cantor and three readers (Darkness 1, Darkness 2 & Light) are needed. Hymn tune for cantor part is the traditional, “Coventry Carol” The reading is in two parts: 1) Darkness, 2) Light.  The first part could be used as a Call to Worship or a “cold opening” before a prelude.  The 2nd part is meant to be read towards the end of the service (e.g. perhaps as the last of the lessons and carols). Darkness/Light: Darkness...

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Christmas Pageant 2019

Posted by on Oct 25, 2019 in Advent, Arts, Christmas, Slideshow | 0 comments

Christmas Pageant 2019

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT Below is an imaginative retelling of the Christmas story designed to be performed by a Sunday School as a Sunday morning service in Advent.  It can be adapted for a wide variety of cast sizes and sanctuary set-ups.  Specific solo and choral pieces are not cited below but there are many out there to choose from. Cast Angel # 1 Angelica: Angel # 2  Ariel: Angel # 3 Dina: Mary: Gabriel: Shepherd Sten: Shepherd Corin: Shepherd Sirus: Joseph: Inman the Innkeeper: Queen Regina: Queen Isabella: Queen Sophia: King Herod: Shepherds...

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“What Do You See?”

Posted by on Sep 27, 2019 in Arts, By Season, Pentecost, Sermons, Slideshow | 0 comments

“What Do You See?”

What Do You See? A Sermon by Rev. Amy Pitton, delivered at Bethany Church, UCC Montpelier, VT on Sunday, August 25, 2019 Based on: Luke 13:10-17   Read: “Words of a Modern Day Prophet,” by Mary Oliver “There are things you can’t reach. But You can reach out to them, and all day long The wind, the bird flying away. The idea of god. And it can keep you busy as anything else, and happier. I look; morning to night I am never done with looking Looking I mean not just standing around, but standing around As though with your arms...

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Re-Gathering

Posted by on Aug 26, 2019 in Arts, Call to Worship, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services, Transitions | 0 comments

Re-Gathering

During the summer months in our church, like so many others churches, our people attend worship less frequently.  Vacations, visitors, calls from the mountains to go hiking, nice weather, or one of 1000 other things keep people out of the sanctuary on Sunday mornings.  In early September though, as the school year begins and our program year starts anew, more people attend worship more often. To visibly mark this change of seasons and the regathering of our community, we have developed a ritual using our leftover dried palms from the previous...

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Unfolding

Posted by on Jul 24, 2019 in Arts, Call to Worship, Pentecost, Slideshow | 0 comments

Unfolding

Here is a prayer-poem that was written as a Call to Worship for a morning worship service.  It could be adapted for use in almost any worship setting. good morning       earth            and cooing doves            and the many risings of this day         I surrender       to your unfolding       anticipating? yes       expecting? yes       longing? yes       hoping, yes       that I can welcome what unfolds             and be unfolded too © Rev. Kevin Goldenbogen, 2019 Kevin Goldenbogen is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ...

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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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