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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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Ash Wednesday 2021

Posted by on Feb 2, 2021 in Lent, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

In the COVID-19 era, the very tactile and personal liturgy for Ash Wednesday poses unique challenges for video worship.  Below is a liturgy we developed for 2021 that has been translated for the screen into the following format: 20 minute service will be recorded in advance, rendered into a worship video, and viewed by “share screen” option that is streamed simultaneously through Zoom and YouTube Live. During the Imposition of Ashes, we will pause the video and go live.  This will allow us to see one another as we wipe ashes on...

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Service of Lament and Healing

Posted by on Aug 4, 2020 in By Season, Slideshow, Special Sundays/Services | 0 comments

This Service of Lament and Healing is available for pastors and other churches who would like to take time to grieve and remember those who have died of the COVID-19 virus, as well as passing of John Lewis, Elijah McClain and people of color who have been victims of violence at the hands of police and others.  Created as a Sunday worship service,  the liturgy includes scripture from Psalms and Romans and an excerpt from Joanna Macy’s book “Pass It On: Five Stories That Can Change the World”. Music under the direction of Peter Amidon include,...

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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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