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Litany of Remembrance: Memorial Day 2020

Posted by on May 18, 2020 in Pentecost, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Litany of Remembrance: Memorial Day 2020

Based on John 15 In the Gospel of John we hear the story of how Jesus, in the final hours before his death, taught his followers some essential truths.  This is part of what he taught them: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” On this Sunday before Memorial Day, we pause to remember the self-giving love of Jesus Christ that he modeled for us and which has been imitated in the self-giving love of those men and women who died in...

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Easter Eggs in a Basket

Posted by on Apr 6, 2020 in Children's Message, Easter, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Easter Eggs in a Basket

Eggs in a Basket to Tell the Easter Story I have used 8 eggs, not the traditional dozen (it’s what I had at my house) The plan is to tell part of the story and then invite the children to guess what might be in the eggs that represent the story I have just shared.  Have fun!! Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem: Egg 1 – An antique cardboard Easter egg – inside is a coat (from a Mary Poppins doll), a piece of spider plant (to represent the palms), and a minitaure porcelain stallion. Jesus overturning the tables in the temple:...

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The Passion of Jesus Christ According to Matthew: for 5+ Readers & 1 Cantor

Posted by on Apr 2, 2020 in Arts, Lent, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

The Passion of Jesus Christ According to Matthew: for 5+ Readers & 1 Cantor

A script written for for Palm/Passion Sunday 2020 to be enacted via video worship.  Cast can be scaled up or down as needed. Cast 2 Narrators Judas 2 Disciples Jesus Peter Pilate High Priest Servant girls Cantor Crowd: All Cross Draper Props Cross Black shroud All cast members dressed in black The Passion of Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:14-27:66) [Cast is seated on chancel, and on lower level High Priest, Disciple 1 and Narrator 2 stage left. Narrator 1 and Jesus stage right. Cantor and Disciple 2 below, distanced.] Narrator 1:       Then one of...

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Easter Dinner Devotional

Posted by on Apr 2, 2020 in Easter, Prayers/Litanies, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Easter Dinner Devotional

A Simple Order for an Easter Devotional Around the Table Call to the Table One: A tomb sealed with a stone is now empty!  A people in darkness are bathed in light.  A moment of violence has been transformed by Love, with love, for the love of everyone forever.  Hallelujah!! Lighting of the Candle Scripture Reading (select one or both): Isaiah 25:6-9 Luke 24:13-49 Easter Dinner Grace (choose one): This table is set with good things.  Feed us so that we may feed others!  AMEN. Risen Christ, for our wounds and sores, make us resilient.  For our...

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Easter Sunrise @ Home

Posted by on Mar 31, 2020 in Easter, Prayers/Litanies, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Easter Sunrise @ Home

All of us in VT are under a stay-at-home order due to COVID-19 through at least April 15th, 2020.  Here is a liturgy that individuals, families and those living under the same roof can use for an at-home sunrise service. AT SUNRISE Lord’s Prayer 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 our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for Thine is the kingdom,...

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Worship while Distancing

Posted by on Mar 14, 2020 in Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Worship while Distancing

Soon after COVID-19 came to Vermont (week of 3/8/2020), many worship leaders I spoke with: 1) recognized how critically important worship is in a time like this, and 2) wondered how to worship together while keeping physically distant? When my church chose to suspend services in our sanctuary on Sunday mornings for a time, we immediately looked to technology to allow us to worship while distancing.  Here’s what we planned: Our two pastors will hold a live-broadcast worship service on Sunday mornings at our regular time.  Zoom and...

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Ashes & Oil: 2020

Posted by on Feb 7, 2020 in Lent, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Ashes & Oil: 2020

  The Ash Wednesday liturgy below is simple and traditional.  After the imposition of ashes, though, we have added a time for congregants to come forward and share their need for healing with our pastors and deacons before being anointed with oil.  This theme of healing and oil could be carried into Lent, used in other services leading up to Holy Week and also within Holy Week. Gathering Music Congregational Chant:  “Come Bring Your Burdens” (S. Afr. Trad.; arr. Bell) Interrupting Word: Joel 2″1-12 & 12-17 Call to Confession Silent...

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Simple Afternoon Taizé Service

Posted by on Feb 7, 2020 in Arts, Music, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Simple Afternoon Taizé Service

Description & Overview Our main sanctuary was painted recently and our fellowship hall became our Sunday morning worship space for a few weeks.  Since our regular attendance is bigger than our fellowship hall can hold, we decided to offer our regular Sunday morning service and an afternoon (4pm) Taizé style service to give our congregation some worship options.  Below is a simple liturgy for our afternoon service with Taizé chants, silence, Scripture readings and Holy Communion.  After the service we pushed chairs into a circle and shared...

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X-mas Eve Reading: Darkness/Light

Posted by on Nov 1, 2019 in Advent, Arts, Call to Worship, Christmas, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

X-mas Eve Reading: Darkness/Light

Here is a dramatic reading for a Christmas Eve service of worship inspired by John 1. A cantor and three readers (Darkness 1, Darkness 2 & Light) are needed. Hymn tune for cantor part is the traditional, “Coventry Carol” The reading is in two parts: 1) Darkness, 2) Light.  The first part could be used as a Call to Worship or a “cold opening” before a prelude.  The 2nd part is meant to be read towards the end of the service (e.g. perhaps as the last of the lessons and carols). Darkness/Light: Darkness...

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Passport to Advent

Posted by on Oct 22, 2019 in Advent, By Season, Christmas, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services, Worship Advertising | 0 comments

Passport to Advent

For many congregations, Advent is a season filled with special signs, programs and wonders!! Advent wreaths, Christmas trees and lights, special concerts, pageants…to name a few.  Those who are familiar with your church may know what to expect, but visitors don’t.  In addition, newcomers and oldcomers alike may not know the significance behind what you are doing in your worship services and programs.  What is Advent again?  Why light an Advent Wreath?  To let people know what your congregation is offering, and what visitors can...

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