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Pentecost 2019

Posted by on Jun 6, 2019 in Call to Worship, Pentecost, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Pentecost 2019

A simple prayer for Pentecost that could be used as a greetings, call to worship, etc.  The version below leads into the Lord’s Prayer.    Skin to feel the breath of God;    ears to hear the blowing Wind of God;    eyes to see the flames of God;    noses to smell the aroma of God;    tongues to taste the goodness of God;    hands to respond to the love of God;       time to pray like this: Our (Mother) Father (Creator) who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day...

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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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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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If the World Has a Heartbeat

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Call to Worship, Immigration/Refugees, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow | 0 comments

If the World Has a Heartbeat

The following  could be used as a brief Greeting & Welcome or a Call to Worship.  It was written in June 2018 as the United States Government, citing Scripture as justification, was separating children from their parents and guardians at the southern border.  This is a reminder that we are compelled by our faith in Christ to offer radical hospitality and to welcome the stranger.  (Biblical citations below are from the New Revised Standard Version).  If the world has a heartbeat it’s this: welcome the stranger. None of us know the mind of...

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Easter 2018

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in By Season, Call to Worship, Easter, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Easter 2018

Here are selected resources to assist you with your Easter Sunday planning.  Though I have separated the resources for Sunrise and Later Morning Service, you could use any of the resources at either service. EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE Call to Worship One: We are standing on holy ground. We have entered a day of miracle and mystery. We are unsure of what it all means. Many: Don’t be alarmed! One: How can it be? How can the dead live again? How can a cross become and empty tomb? Many: Jesus has risen! One: Today is a day to experience. Today is a...

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MLK 2018

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Benediction, Call to Worship, Epiphany, Peace & Justice, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

MLK 2018

Below is a call and response prayer that could be used as a Call to Worship, Pastoral Prayer, Benediction, etc.  The text is taken from various MLK quotes and the congregational response is from King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech, after the prophet Amos.   One:                   We now raise the voice of the prophet Martin Luther King whose voice we still need so much:  “I have the audacity,” King said, “to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds,...

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From Summer

Posted by on Sep 2, 2017 in By Season, Call to Worship, Pentecost, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

From Summer

In September, many congregations regather to begin a new program year (e.g. “Rally Sunday,” “Gathering Sunday,” etc.).  To mark this change of congregational rhythm in the context of worship, below is a call to worship and opening prayer that can be adapted for use in your setting. Supplies Needed: 1) Map (any kind will do), 2) bed pillow, 3) Bible, 4) something to symbolize the spirit (dove, blowing fan, etc.), 5) cross Personnel: 5 people, 1 to carry each of the above items (inter-generational mix would work nicely)....

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Emmaus: Call & Prayers

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in By Season, Call to Worship, Easter, Offering, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow | 0 comments

Emmaus: Call & Prayers

Below you will find a Call to Worship, Prayer of Confession, Assurance of Pardon and a Prayer of Dedication to be used in a service that draws upon Luke 24:13-15 and the story of the post-resurrection walk to Emmaus.  May your “hearts burn” as you open the Scriptures in worship! CALL TO WORSHIP Leader:      The road was sandy. Our feet were tired. People:    We talked about many things. We just wanted to get home. Leader:      We missed Jesus. People:    We were scared. We hoped it was true. Leader:      We did not know what to...

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Keep Calm, See God: Ash Wed. 2017

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Call to Worship, Communion and Baptism, Lent, Prayers/Litanies, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Keep Calm, See God: Ash Wed. 2017

Below is an order of worship for an ecumenical Ash Wednesday service for 2017.  This service was conceived by Rev. John H.D. Lucy (Jericho United Methodist Church), Rev. Steve Anderson (Covenant Community Church) & Rev. Kevin Goldenbogen (United Church of Underhill), and designed by Rev. Lucy. “Keep Calm and See God “- Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service, 2017 ~  DEATH WITH GOD Welcome Unison Prayer Scripture Reading: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 Hymn: “Sunday’s Palms Are Wednesday’s Ashes,” words, E. E. Whitney, music,...

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Transfiguration: Holy Ground

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Call to Worship, Epiphany, Prayers/Litanies, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Transfiguration: Holy Ground

Below you will find a Call to Worship and a Prayer for Illumination for Transfiguration Sunday.  The Call to Worship weaves in Matthew 17:1-9 and is most appropriate for Lectionary Year A.  The Prayer for Illumination is appropriate any year.  (Note: the Bible translation used below the Common English Bible but any could be used). CALL TO WORSHIP (Matthew 17:1-9) One:               Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them to the top of a very high mountain. He was transformed, transfigured, in front of...

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