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Prayer for Memorial Day 2019

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Prayer for Memorial Day 2019

Here is a prayer written for a congregational worship service on the Sunday before Memorial Day.  It was inspired by Mark 10:35-45 A Memorial Day Prayer – 2019 (Inspired by Mark 10:35-45) God in Christ, your Gospel lays out before us a vision of service: desiring a place of privilege, you call us to humility; wanting glory, you show us that true glory comes when we act with justice and with love; coveting greatness, you teach us that greatness comes when we lay down our lives for others as you did for us. On this Sunday before Memorial...

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No Assumptions on Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 11, 2019 in Easter, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

No Assumptions on Mother’s Day

Here is a short prayer written for use in worship on Mother’s Day/Festival of the Christian Home 2019.  It attempts to acknowledge the complexities of Mother’s Day and to help those praying to give it all to God.  It could be used as a pastoral prayer, adapted for us as a litany, etc. God, on this day in our culture we set aside as “Mother’s Day,” we make no assumptions about the experiences or emotions of the people in this room: –    some of us here love Mother’s day and celebrate it with great joy; –    some feel acute...

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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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Blessing of the Palms 2019

Posted by on Apr 4, 2019 in By Season, Lent, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Blessing of the Palms 2019

A simple blessing of the palms for Palm Sunday 2019. Blessing of the Palms Christ, a very long time ago you mounted a colt, road over coats, and entered Jerusalem, as fickle crowds waved palm branches, and shouted, “Hosanna” and “blessed is he.”     This morning we reenact the story: we reenact to deepen; we reenact to understand; we reenact to connect; we reenact to lament; and we reenact for reasons all our own.     Christ, bless our reenactment, and bless our palms that they might be for us: a doorway into Holy Week; a portal...

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Finger Labyrinth

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

Finger Labyrinth

  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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Baptism of Jesus 2019

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in By Season, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow | 0 comments

Baptism of Jesus 2019

Here is  a full order of worship for the First Sunday after Epiphany (Baptism of Jesus), Year C, 2019.  It uses a standard Sunday morning liturgy while adding the language of water and theme of immersion.  Through prayer, meditative hymns, and a renewal of baptism after the sermon, the congregation is invited into the waters of Christ’s love and back out again.  An altar arrangement and/or artwork with water elements could enhance the worship experience.  WORDS FOR CONTEMPLATION: “All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to...

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Gun Violence Vigil

Posted by on Dec 15, 2018 in Benediction, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services, Violence | 0 comments

Gun Violence Vigil

  Here is a simple liturgy for a Gun Violence vigil held at Charlotte Congregational Church, Charlotte, VT in December, 2018.  The liturgy below may be used in a group, or simply printed on sheets for attendees to use on their own. They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious.“Peace, peace,” they say, when there is no peace. – Jeremiah 8:11 ~ Welcome. The Judeo-Christian prophetic tradition teaches us that for real change to occur we need both lament and hope through God.  Lament is the act of acknowledging what...

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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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Can We Call Evil (& Good & Joy)?

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in Environment, Music, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow | 0 comments

Can We Call Evil (& Good & Joy)?

Here are hymn lyrics by Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder set to the hymn tune: Finlandia.  Tom wrote this about his work: “The lyrics were inspired by the Amos passage particularly, but Psalm 90 and the Mark passage as well.  Most of all it came out of the [10/8/2018] IPCC climate report and the new reality that we have at most 12 years to completely change our society to become the realm of God’s love and justice and well being for all.” You  can also find the music and lyrics here formatted to print as a bulletin insert TOM...

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