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On Our Knees

Posted by on May 10, 2022 in Arts, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

The prayer-poem below was written in the same week that a leaked opinion draft authored by Supreme Court Justice Alito revealed that Roe v. Wade was likely to be overturned in June 2022.  It was delivered at Charlotte Congregational Church, United Church of Christ on Mother’s Day, 5/8/22. Dear God,   One needn’t be a mother just a woman or a girl to feel the slap, the lash across the back that drives us to our knees. “Down,” it demands, “fool that you are, weak, stupid untrustworthy and lustful.”   The secret is that down here...

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Hope Fund: Pentecost Resources

Posted by on Apr 21, 2022 in Call to Worship, Offering, Pentecost, Prayers/Litanies, Scripture/Readings, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

  On November 13th, 2021, a special meeting of the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ enthusiastically approved the creation of a visionary initiative called the Hope Fund. At that meeting the people of the Vermont Conference also approved the creation of a fundraising team to support this effort.  Your fundraising team: Paul Sangree, Elise Foster, Kevin Goldenbogen, Elissa Johnk, Leigh McCaffrey, Andy Nagy-Benson (chair)  On Pentecost Sunday, June 5th, 2022 (or another Sunday of your choice), we invite your church to hold a...

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Litany for Regathering

Posted by on Jun 29, 2021 in Invitation/Hospitality, Prayers/Litanies, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

After almost 17 months of worshipping outside of our church sanctuary due to COVID-19, we regathered  inside once again on 7/4.  Towards the beginning of our service, we’ll pray together with the litany below.  It is easily adapted to use in your setting. Re-Gathering Litany & Lord’s Prayer One: Since last we gathered in this sanctuary as a congregation, so much has happened.  Many: 2 Easters and one Christmas have come and gone.  Jobs have changed.  Neighbors have moved.  2 classes have graduated.  Babies have been born.  Some of...

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Rolling the Stones Away

Posted by on Jul 26, 2020 in Prayers/Litanies, Racism, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services, Violence | 0 comments

The Spring and Summer of 2020 brought us heaviness: pandemic, financial distress, deepening political divisions, and the death of George Floyd which further exposed police violence against black and brown people and rekindled the resistance against systemic racism and white privilege.  Any one of these would be heavy.  Together they are weighing us down and threatening to crush us.  This special service is a liturgical response to the heaviness and is intended to inspire hope and “roll the stones away.”  LINK TO VIDEO HERE:...

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