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An Ash Wednesday Reading for 2 Voices

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in By Season, Lent, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

An Ash Wednesday Reading for 2 Voices

Here is an Ash Wednesday reading based on Psalm, 51, verses 1-17 that is meant for two readers.  The text of the Psalm is interspersed with commentary by an imaginary person reading and reflecting on the text.  The commentary itself may be useful, but it’s also there to give permission to worshipers to engage in their own honest dialogue with this ancient text.  Of course, the commentary can be changed as you see fit for use in your particular setting.  (Note: the Psalm text is from the New Revised Standard Version but most translations...

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Gun Violence Vigil

Posted by on Dec 15, 2018 in Benediction, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services, Violence | 0 comments

Gun Violence Vigil

  Here is a simple liturgy for a Gun Violence vigil held at Charlotte Congregational Church, Charlotte, VT in December, 2018.  The liturgy below may be used in a group, or simply printed on sheets for attendees to use on their own. They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious.“Peace, peace,” they say, when there is no peace. – Jeremiah 8:11 ~ Welcome. The Judeo-Christian prophetic tradition teaches us that for real change to occur we need both lament and hope through God.  Lament is the act of acknowledging what...

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Sunday that Rocks

Posted by on Nov 5, 2018 in Arts, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Sunday that Rocks

Here is an order of worship for a that weaves rock imagery and rock-themed Scripture verses throughout the service.  It was created for worship on 9/16/2018 (17th Sunday after Pentecost) Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our Salvation. – Psalm 95 WE GATHER AS GOD’S PEOPLE Prelude Welcome & Announcements Introit: “Jesus is the Rock” (video): find it here (Jesus is the Rock (Bop shoo bop shoo bop woooo!) HD with lyrics Posted by Andrew Leer, Published on Jul 21, 2013)   Call to Worship...

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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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Practice Celebrating!

Posted by on Aug 22, 2018 in Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Practice Celebrating!

During a recent Sunday morning worship service, my church celebrated a new partnership between our church and an organization in Uganda called Malayaka House.  This celebration was a year in the making, made possible by the hard work of our missions team and a handful of dedicated others. Our celebration was not a “dog and pony show” but it was a regular worship service supplemented with a brief greeting from the director of the organization, a special sermon, a special collection, a special prayer time with maps and pins, and a...

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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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Not Toys, But Tools

Posted by on Mar 23, 2018 in Lent, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Not Toys, But Tools

A simple blessing of the palms for Palm Sunday. Blessing of the Palms Blessed Christ who comes in the name of the Lord, may these palms be, not toys, but tools: tools that we hand out to one another on Palm Sunday; tools that we walk over as we enter worship; tools that we fold into crosses and playfully swat our brother or sister with; tools that we bring home with us to dry and to remind; tools that we will burn next Ash Wednesday to mark our foreheads, and our mortality; and tools that we use to enter into this Holy Week, enter into the...

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