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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?”

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

World Communion Sunday 2019

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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Unfolding

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

Unfolding

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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Pentecost 2019

Posted by on Jun 6, 2019 in Call to Worship, Pentecost, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Pentecost 2019

A simple prayer for Pentecost that could be used as a greetings, call to worship, etc.  The version below leads into the Lord’s Prayer.    Skin to feel the breath of God;    ears to hear the blowing Wind of God;    eyes to see the flames of God;    noses to smell the aroma of God;    tongues to taste the goodness of God;    hands to respond to the love of God;       time to pray like this: Our (Mother) Father (Creator) who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day...

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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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Christ’s Threads: A Litany for WCS

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in By Season, Pentecost, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Christ’s Threads: A Litany for WCS

Here is a litany written for World Communion Sunday, 2018.  It could easily be adapted for your setting and/or for another occasion. Leader:           According to John’s Gospel, when Jesus was facing death, he took time to imagine unity and to pray using these words: Response:     That they may all be one. Leader:           Jesus’ vision was not for unity between some, but between all, and with God. Response:     That they may all be one. Leader:           It’s true: the unity Jesus imagined and sacrificed to make real, has not been fully...

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2018 Blessing of the Sunday School

Posted by on Sep 3, 2018 in Pentecost, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

2018 Blessing of the Sunday School

Below is a short and easily adaptable blessing for Sunday School students and teachers to be used at the start of a new school year, or whenever appropriate. 2018 Blessing of the Sunday School Curriculum ordered and received. Classrooms organized. Bulletin board updated. Paper, scissors and sticky glue ready at a moment’s notice. Christian Education team is on top of things. A new Sunday School year is about to begin.   Some teachers here may be a bit nervous about what is being asked of them. Some students may be a bit nervous about...

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To Be a Doer of the Word

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Music, Pentecost, Slideshow | 0 comments

To Be a Doer of the Word

Here are hymn lyrics by Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder set to the hymn tune: Tallis’ Canon (composed by Thomas Tallis).  The lyrics are a reflection on James 1:17-27 and were written to be used in Sunday morning worship at the United Church of Strafford, VT on September 2nd, 2018. You  can also find the music and lyrics here formatted to print as a bulletin insert TOM REQUESTS THAT YOU CREDIT HIM AND THAT YOU LET HIM KNOW WHEN YOU USE IT AT: rev.thomas.cary.kinder@gmail.com To Be a Doer of the Word (L.M. Tallis’ Canon) text: James 1:17-27...

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Show the Way

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in By Season, Music, Peace & Justice, Pentecost, Slideshow | 0 comments

Show the Way

Here are hymn lyrics by Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder set to the hymn tune: Aberystwyth (composed by Joseph Parry) which is found in many common hymnals.  The lyrics call upon the biblical texts, Mark 6 and Ezekiel 33 and were written to be used in Sunday morning worship at the United Church of Strafford, VT in July of 2018. You  can also find the music and lyrics here formatted to print as a bulletin insert TOM REQUESTS THAT YOU CREDIT HIM AND THAT YOU LET HIM KNOW WHEN YOU USE IT AT: rev.thomas.cary.kinder@gmail.com Someone needs to show the way,...

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Blessing of the Graduates

Posted by on Jun 7, 2018 in Pentecost, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Blessing of the Graduates

In June, many congregations take time in worship to celebrate those who have reached academic milestones.  Here is a short prayer that can be used or adapted for use in your setting. God of knowledge and reason, we pause at the end of this academic year to recognize and to celebrate those who have graduated from various programs and institutions.  The names on our bulletin inserts, and on our tongues, represent a tremendous amount of commitment, dedication and hard work. [Invite congregation to call out names of graduates] Thank you for...

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