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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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Breath of God: Creation to Pentecost (for 3 voices)

Posted by on Apr 24, 2018 in Pentecost, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Breath of God: Creation to Pentecost (for 3 voices)

Here is a Pentecost Sunday reading for 3 voices, interspersed with a sung congregational refrain.  The refrain included here is from “Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song,” (Daw & Cutts) but another hymn could easily be substituted.  The Scripture translation is from the Common English Bible but, again, another translation could easily be substituted.” READER 1: As the Holy Spirit comes with fire and with wind, the congregation sings: CONGREGATION:  [SING] “Like the murmur of the dove’s song, like the challenge...

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Earth…Fire…Spirit

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Arts, Pentecost, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow | 0 comments

Earth…Fire…Spirit

Earth, Fire, & Spirit, by Rev. Bert Marshall A Dramatic Reading for Pentecost Sunday Based on Acts 2:1–21 Pentecost! The birth of the church! We’ve come a long way since that ancient beginning. The biblical passage for Pentecost suggests that the Christian church did not arise from a clear, single-mindedness of purpose. Our tradition, instead, burst into the world in a rush of wind, a blaze of fire, and a cacophony of voices and languages. There was no “gold- en age” of unity and harmony. The mystery and miracle of the Jesus movement is...

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Timewalk

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Arts, Pentecost, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow | 0 comments

Timewalk

Below is a prayer-poem I wrote on 10/17/2017.  It could be used as a call to worship, pastoral prayer, adapted for multiple readers, supplemented by projected images… Timewalk the sound I’ve heard before of countless leaves crunching under directionless feet the sight of now exposed branches, a calendar the transporting smells carried into my nostrils, carrying me back to distant days, younger walks the foretaste of nutmeg and buttered crumbles that are as close as the church parking lot the feel of time moving, time passing, time...

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