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Baptized

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in Arts, Communion and Baptism, Epiphany, Peace & Justice, Slideshow | 0 comments

Baptized

A short poem for Baptism of Jesus Sunday.  Could be used as a call to worship, prayer, or just printed in bulletin/projected.  Audio version of the author reading poem along with text version are both below.  http://worshipwell.church/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Baptized-2_8_2019.mp3 baptized, i know i am i’ve got the certificate in my safe illustrated baby on the front tied with blue ribbon (if i remember correctly) a signature from my pastor at the time that’s all i know about the moment i was dipped     long before i was...

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MLK 2018

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Benediction, Call to Worship, Epiphany, Peace & Justice, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

MLK 2018

Below is a call and response prayer that could be used as a Call to Worship, Pastoral Prayer, Benediction, etc.  The text is taken from various MLK quotes and the congregational response is from King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech, after the prophet Amos.   One:                   We now raise the voice of the prophet Martin Luther King whose voice we still need so much:  “I have the audacity,” King said, “to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds,...

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Transfiguration: Holy Ground

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Call to Worship, Epiphany, Prayers/Litanies, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Transfiguration: Holy Ground

Below you will find a Call to Worship and a Prayer for Illumination for Transfiguration Sunday.  The Call to Worship weaves in Matthew 17:1-9 and is most appropriate for Lectionary Year A.  The Prayer for Illumination is appropriate any year.  (Note: the Bible translation used below the Common English Bible but any could be used). CALL TO WORSHIP (Matthew 17:1-9) One:               Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them to the top of a very high mountain. He was transformed, transfigured, in front of...

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Transfiguration: Still Glowing

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Call to Worship, Epiphany, Music, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow | 0 comments

Transfiguration: Still Glowing

Our congregation often begins worship with a spoken call to worship….maybe yours does too.  To enter into Transfiguration Sunday in a different way, you may consider the simple Call to Worship below.  It weaves together Scripture, song and prayer.  The Scripture is from Mark 9:2-8 (Common English Bible translation).  The song is “Bless the Lord,” by John Bell.  See more info about song here.  Others songs could certainly be used. MANY: [SING] Bless the Lord… One: “Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and brought...

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MLK 2017: Resources

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Benediction, Call to Worship, Epiphany, Peace & Justice, Prayers/Litanies, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

MLK 2017: Resources

Below are some resources written for Martin  Luther King Sunday, 2017.  For your service, you may want to consider interspersing readings from the writings of MLK throughout your service and/or adding a video projection of an excerpt of MLK speaking/preaching. Call to Worship One: It is good that there are fire extinguishers in this place. MANY: Worship. One: It is good that there is water close by. MANY: Worship. One: It is good that God’s Word burns, God’s Spirit blows, and God’s prophets speak. MANY: Worship. Prayer of Confession (unison)...

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Nativity: Look Again

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Advent, Arts, Christmas, Epiphany, Sermons, Slideshow | 0 comments

Nativity: Look Again

Most of us have 1 or 5 or 10 of them.   You know crèches…nativity sets…little wooden houses with painted shepherds, magi, doting parents, and the baby Jesus in a manger.  They are an ancient and effective tool that the church uses to tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.  We also see them so often during Advent and Christmas that well…maybe…we don’t see really see them at all.  Here are some ways you might use nativity sets in the worshiping life of your church to reclaim them as a tool for telling the...

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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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What You Have: A Prayer-Poem for the Season of Epiphany

Posted by on Jun 26, 2016 in Epiphany, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow | 0 comments

What You Have: A Prayer-Poem for the Season of Epiphany

Below is a prayer-poem I wrote for the season of Epiphany, which is all about SEEING.  This could certainly be used at any time in the church calendar when temperatures cool and snow falls… What You Have It’s hard to know what you have. the field behind my home is fertile and open an expanse of grass and hay. every now and then I’ll see a dog out for a walk or a cat lazing about or a few friends playing catch.   And then it snows. by midmorning there are ski tracks and deer tracks                 and boot prints and     paw    ...

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[.mp3] to Worship

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Advent, Call to Worship, Christmas, Communion and Baptism, Epiphany, Lent, Music, Pentecost, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 1 comment

[.mp3] to Worship

Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone It is common in many church services to begin with a CALL TO WORSHIP.  It’s an ancient thing to do and we Christians do it for a variety of reasons: 1) historical (we learned it from our Jewish brothers and sisters – shema); 2) theological (it reminds us that it is God who calls us to worship); 3) scriptural (calls to worship are often adapted from psalms and other scripture passages); and 4) practical (a call to worship signals the start of a service and focuses a...

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Exploring God’s Glory with Scouts & Communion

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Communion and Baptism, Epiphany, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Exploring God’s Glory with Scouts & Communion

For Transfiguration Sunday In 2016, Scout Sunday and Transfiguration Sunday fall on the same day. Each year on Scout Sunday at our church a young scout is tasked with reading the Scriptures for the morning service. Likely because it comes every year, the transfiguration story feels like smooth vanilla – a good story but nothing out of the ordinary. Except that it is very out of the ordinary!  Here is a fresh paraphrase of the transfiguration and following healing story that could breath new life into this wonderful Scripture and make it more...

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