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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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Re-Gathering

Posted by on Aug 26, 2019 in Arts, Call to Worship, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services, Transitions | 0 comments

Re-Gathering

During the summer months in our church, like so many others churches, our people attend worship less frequently.  Vacations, visitors, calls from the mountains to go hiking, nice weather, or one of 1000 other things keep people out of the sanctuary on Sunday mornings.  In early September though, as the school year begins and our program year starts anew, more people attend worship more often. To visibly mark this change of seasons and the regathering of our community, we have developed a ritual using our leftover dried palms from the previous...

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Refugee Awareness

Posted by on Jun 19, 2019 in Children's Message, Immigration/Refugees, Prayers/Litanies, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Refugee Awareness

In response to the UN’s World Refugee Day (6/20), mindful that 1 in 110 people in the world is currently displaced for one reason or another, and in conversation with Scripture, our church held Refugee Awareness Sunday on 6/23/2019.  Here is an outline of our liturgy to inspire you and to be adapted for your setting. Words for Contemplation: “As far as I could tell, the world was not going to stop producing refugees. The plain, irreducible fact of good people being made nomad by the millions through all the kinds of horrors this...

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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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Prayer for Memorial Day 2019

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 3 comments

Prayer for Memorial Day 2019

Here is a prayer written for a congregational worship service on the Sunday before Memorial Day.  It was inspired by Mark 10:35-45 A Memorial Day Prayer – 2019 (Inspired by Mark 10:35-45) God in Christ, your Gospel lays out before us a vision of service: desiring a place of privilege, you call us to humility; wanting glory, you show us that true glory comes when we act with justice and with love; coveting greatness, you teach us that greatness comes when we lay down our lives for others as you did for us. On this Sunday before Memorial...

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No Assumptions on Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 11, 2019 in Easter, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

No Assumptions on Mother’s Day

Here is a short prayer written for use in worship on Mother’s Day/Festival of the Christian Home 2019.  It attempts to acknowledge the complexities of Mother’s Day and to help those praying to give it all to God.  It could be used as a pastoral prayer, adapted for us as a litany, etc. God, on this day in our culture we set aside as “Mother’s Day,” we make no assumptions about the experiences or emotions of the people in this room: –    some of us here love Mother’s day and celebrate it with great joy; –    some feel acute...

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Stations of the Cross 2019

Posted by on Apr 10, 2019 in Arts, By Season, Lent, Prayers/Litanies, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Stations of the Cross 2019

Below is a link to  a booklet we used at Charlotte Congregational Church on Good Friday 2019 for an outdoor walking meditation.  Our congregation made 14 crosses and then tied them to trees in the woods behind our church building.  At 4PM we began walking from station to station, using this booklet to guide our reflections.  The “Connection” for each station was written by Rev. Susan Cooke Kittredge and the “Prayer” for each station was adapted by Rev. Will Burhans from “The Stations of the Cross” written by Passionist Missionaries of Union...

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Blessing of the Palms 2019

Posted by on Apr 4, 2019 in By Season, Lent, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

Blessing of the Palms 2019

A simple blessing of the palms for Palm Sunday 2019. Blessing of the Palms Christ, a very long time ago you mounted a colt, road over coats, and entered Jerusalem, as fickle crowds waved palm branches, and shouted, “Hosanna” and “blessed is he.”     This morning we reenact the story: we reenact to deepen; we reenact to understand; we reenact to connect; we reenact to lament; and we reenact for reasons all our own.     Christ, bless our reenactment, and bless our palms that they might be for us: a doorway into Holy Week; a portal...

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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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