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Service of Lament and Healing

Posted by on Aug 4, 2020 in By Season, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

This Service of Lament and Healing is available for pastors and other churches who would like to take time to grieve and remember those who have died of the COVID-19 virus, as well as passing of John Lewis, Elijah McClain and people of color who have been victims of violence at the hands of police and others.  Created as a Sunday worship service,  the liturgy includes scripture from Psalms and Romans and an excerpt from Joanna Macy’s book “Pass It On: Five Stories That Can Change the World”. Music under the direction of Peter Amidon include,...

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Rolling the Stones Away

Posted by on Jul 26, 2020 in Prayers/Litanies, Racism, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services, Violence | 0 comments

The Spring and Summer of 2020 brought us heaviness: pandemic, financial distress, deepening political divisions, and the death of George Floyd which further exposed police violence against black and brown people and rekindled the resistance against systemic racism and white privilege.  Any one of these would be heavy.  Together they are weighing us down and threatening to crush us.  This special service is a liturgical response to the heaviness and is intended to inspire hope and “roll the stones away.”  LINK TO VIDEO HERE:...

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Litany of Remembrance: Memorial Day 2020

Posted by on May 18, 2020 in Pentecost, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Based on John 15 In the Gospel of John we hear the story of how Jesus, in the final hours before his death, taught his followers some essential truths.  This is part of what he taught them: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” On this Sunday before Memorial Day, we pause to remember the self-giving love of Jesus Christ that he modeled for us and which has been imitated in the self-giving love of those men and women who died in...

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Litany in the Time of COVID-19

Posted by on Apr 30, 2020 in By Season, Call to Worship, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow | 0 comments

  The litany below was written in a time of COVID-19.  It can be used as is or adapted for use as a call to worship, opening prayer, pastoral prayer, etc. Let us pray: Paul wrote these words so long ago: “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit intercedes for us through wordless groans. [Rom. 8:26-NIV] And surely, we are the ones without words, silent before the immensity of the pandemic. We offer our despair at the suffering of millions of people all over the world We offer our grief for the many thousands who have died...

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