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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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Baptized

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in Arts, Communion and Baptism, Epiphany, Peace & Justice, Slideshow | 0 comments

Baptized

A short poem for Baptism of Jesus Sunday.  Could be used as a call to worship, prayer, or just printed in bulletin/projected.  Audio version of the author reading poem along with text version are both below.  http://worshipwell.church/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Baptized-2_8_2019.mp3 baptized, i know i am i’ve got the certificate in my safe illustrated baby on the front tied with blue ribbon (if i remember correctly) a signature from my pastor at the time that’s all i know about the moment i was dipped     long before i was...

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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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Can We Call Evil (& Good & Joy)?

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in Environment, Music, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow | 0 comments

Can We Call Evil (& Good & Joy)?

Here are hymn lyrics by Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder set to the hymn tune: Finlandia.  Tom wrote this about his work: “The lyrics were inspired by the Amos passage particularly, but Psalm 90 and the Mark passage as well.  Most of all it came out of the [10/8/2018] IPCC climate report and the new reality that we have at most 12 years to completely change our society to become the realm of God’s love and justice and well being for all.” You  can also find the music and lyrics here formatted to print as a bulletin insert TOM...

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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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If the World Has a Heartbeat

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Call to Worship, Immigration/Refugees, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow | 0 comments

If the World Has a Heartbeat

The following  could be used as a brief Greeting & Welcome or a Call to Worship.  It was written in June 2018 as the United States Government, citing Scripture as justification, was separating children from their parents and guardians at the southern border.  This is a reminder that we are compelled by our faith in Christ to offer radical hospitality and to welcome the stranger.  (Biblical citations below are from the New Revised Standard Version).  If the world has a heartbeat it’s this: welcome the stranger. None of us know the mind of...

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MLK 2018

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Benediction, Call to Worship, Epiphany, Peace & Justice, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

MLK 2018

Below is a call and response prayer that could be used as a Call to Worship, Pastoral Prayer, Benediction, etc.  The text is taken from various MLK quotes and the congregational response is from King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech, after the prophet Amos.   One:                   We now raise the voice of the prophet Martin Luther King whose voice we still need so much:  “I have the audacity,” King said, “to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds,...

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Burdens Down

Posted by on Oct 7, 2017 in Arts, Environment, Slideshow, Violence | 0 comments

Burdens Down

Sometimes tragedies  trickle and sometimes they flow like a firehose.  From late August through Early October 2017, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, earthquakes in Mexico, and a mass shooting in Las Vegas filled our public consciousness and burdened us.  In both my church and personal life I experienced these tragic events having a cumulative and withering effect.  The prayer below was written to be used in congregational worship to help people “lay their burdens down.”  In conjunction with the prayer, you may...

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MLK 2017: Resources

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Benediction, Call to Worship, Epiphany, Peace & Justice, Prayers/Litanies, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

MLK 2017: Resources

Below are some resources written for Martin  Luther King Sunday, 2017.  For your service, you may want to consider interspersing readings from the writings of MLK throughout your service and/or adding a video projection of an excerpt of MLK speaking/preaching. Call to Worship One: It is good that there are fire extinguishers in this place. MANY: Worship. One: It is good that there is water close by. MANY: Worship. One: It is good that God’s Word burns, God’s Spirit blows, and God’s prophets speak. MANY: Worship. Prayer of Confession (unison)...

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Alphabet of Ideas

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Advent, Arts, By Season, Peace & Justice, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow | 0 comments

Alphabet of Ideas

In the wake of the 2016 US presidential election, Rev. Martha Peck wrote a newsletter article for her church and an accompanying “Alphabet of Ideas for Anxious Times.”  This list could be used: by a mission committee, seeking to expand its reach by a prayer group as a prompt for intercessory prayer. as an art activity—inviting people to illustrate the actions with stick figures or other drawings by individuals/families during the season of Advent The presidential election of 2016 revealed a deep divide between Americans,...

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