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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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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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Short of Love

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Easter, Pentecost, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow | 0 comments

Short of Love

PRAYER OF CONFESSION People: Dear God, before you and before each other, we admit that we have fallen short of love, in what we have done and in what we have failed to do. Open our hearts. Forgive us. Help us forgive ourselves and each other.  Guide our lives that we may live in harmony with all your creation through the gifts of your loving spirit. Fill us with hope, grant us your grace. Amen.   WORDS OF ASSURANCE Leader: The God who loved us once, loves us still. God’s love is unconditional. Yet, God’s love conditions us to better care...

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A Birthing Prayer

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Easter, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 4 comments

A Birthing Prayer

Below is a short prayer written for use in worship on Mother’s Day/Festival of the Christian Home 2017.  It was *inspired by 2 Timothy 1:5: “I’m reminded of your authentic faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice. I’m sure that this faith is also inside you.” (Common English Bible Translation).  It could be used as a pastoral prayer, adapted for us as a litany, etc. *Note: I am indebted to the Annual Meeting Planning Team of the 222nd Annual Meeting of the Vermont Conference, UCC which was...

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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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Inspired by Easter 2017

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Arts, Easter, Slideshow | 0 comments

Inspired by Easter 2017

Below is a poem by Vermont poet Ama Hannan.  It was inspired by the resurrection of Jesus Christ and written on the evening of Easter 2017.  In worship, it could be used as a call to worship, as a centering prayer, as a projected meditation, and in many other ways.  Create! The Son/the Sun/ He is Risen above the Lover the Mother the Maker of all! The creative spark/ the firebrand of Justice/ the flying Dove of Peace/ the Lamb of God/ the Ewe of Grace/ the Shepherd and the Sheep …our Self and our Holy Spirit Spirit of the Living Waters,...

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Prayer: Easter 2017

Posted by on Apr 15, 2017 in Easter, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow | 0 comments

Prayer: Easter 2017

Below are two prayers written for an Easter 2017 worship service.  They can be used as is or adapted for your needs. TAKE THIS STORY AS OUR OWN Risen Christ, our soul’s spring, our heart’s desire, our dance of life, our song of joy, like a gardener, you turn over the dark soil of death, and coax up green, abundant life! Your empty tomb, once the sad end of a hopeless story, is now the place where a new story begins. Draw us close, in wonder, fear and hope, and let us take this story as our own. Amen.   ALLELUIA’S RING OUT Lord...

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Consider the Birds

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016 in Arts, By Season, Call to Worship, Easter, Prayers/Litanies, Scripture/Readings, Sermons, Slideshow, Transitions | 0 comments

Consider the Birds

In the fall of 2015, Rev. Daniel Cooperrider of Weybridge Congregational Church, UCC told our WorshipWell team about a sermon series he was leading based upon a book by author and pastor Debbie Blue, titled: Consider the Birds: A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible.  Cooperrider explained that his sermon series included presentations by bird experts in worship along with bird watch outings.  Inspired by Cooperrider and Blue, Rev. Goldenbogen of the United Church of Underhill (UCC & UMC) led a “Consider the Birds” sermon...

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Through the Church Year

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Advent, Benediction, Children's Message, Christmas, Easter, Epiphany, Lent, Pentecost, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Through the Church Year

Below is a detailed liturgy for a single Sunday morning service that walks a congregation through the entire Church calendar from Advent through Reign of Christ.  Through Word, explanation, and song, this service is a worshipful way to educate and to help a multi-generational congregation to participate in the rhythms and patterns of the liturgical year.  It was originally used in 2006 for a United Church of Christ congregation in Massachusetts. (Note: *= Stand as you are able)  Order of Worship  Prelude & Meditation Time Greetings,...

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Maple Syrup and Donuts: An invitation to Holy Communion (based on John 21)

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Communion and Baptism, Easter, Slideshow | 0 comments

Maple Syrup and Donuts: An invitation to Holy Communion (based on John 21)

  We are the Church….the body of Christ made manifest in this world.  We are ordinary disciples, doubters and sinners, strangers and friends, family members, we are from “away” and we are natives.  We are immigrants and refugees.  We are similar but not the same.  We are striving to be God’s faithful people and here we are….at the table where everyone…all of us, are welcome. This morning we heard Jesus say “feed my sheep”.  These directives are not just about  caring for those around us but about those we do not know, it is about those...

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