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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? 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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World Communion Sunday 2019

Posted by on Sep 20, 2019 in Call to Worship, Communion and Baptism, Pentecost, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

SERVICE PRAYERS Call to Worship Women/Girls: We worship our God in Christ this morning, mindful that we’re not alone. Men/Boys: Old and young, near and far, different and the same, gather like this to sing, pray, listen, and commune. Left-Side: God of unity and diversity, join us. Right-Side: Christ of unity and diversity, love us. Pastor: Spirit, of unity and diversity, inspire us.     Widening Prayer Provincial.  Sectarian.  Narrow and small.  We confess these words are part of our stories, part of our behaviors, part of us. ...

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

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

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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