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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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Worship/Event

Posted by on Oct 2, 2016 in Joys and Concerns, Music, Offering, Prayers/Litanies, Scripture/Readings, Sermons, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Worship/Event

Many churches have a Sunday morning or two throughout the year when the congregation hosts both a worship service and a special event.  Maybe your church hosts a Christmas fair, an Easter brunch, a breakfast fundraiser for a mission you support or something else.  In our church, the last Sunday in September is always reserved for day two of our annual Old Fashioned Harvest Market which draws thousands from all over our region. I know from experience that on this particular Sunday our congregation’s attention and energy is divided...

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Shared Outdoor Summer Worship

Posted by on Jul 3, 2016 in Communion and Baptism, Non-Church settings, Offering, Pentecost, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Shared Outdoor Summer Worship

Our church has a tradition of gathering with some of the other churches in our community for a shared (ecumenical) outdoor worship service.  For our worship space we set up a tent (a few of our churches own them or they can be rented) or worship in the gazebo in our town park.  byIt is a lot of fun and is well attended.  It also requires a good deal of coordination and planning.  So, below you will find an outline of our planning process followed by the liturgy we used in July of 2016. Planning Process After Easter each year, I send out an...

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Be the Church

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Benediction, Call to Worship, Environment, Offering, Peace & Justice, Prayers/Litanies, Racism, Slideshow | 0 comments

Be the Church

In 2016, The United Church of Christ has a lively new call to action, listing nine ways we are called to “BE THE CHURCH.” You can get banners and other materials to promote this vision of faith made visible in the world at www.uccresources.com. I explored the theme in a five part worship series, and these are the materials I wrote for the series. I have included the scriptures used, some of which are referenced in the worship materials.  Martha Peck #1 – Be the Church: Care for the Poor  (John 21:1-19, Acts 9:1-9) (NOTE: For this first...

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