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An acrostic prayer – Psalm 34

This week’s worship is inspired by Psalm 34 which is an acrostic poem following the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  Written at one of the lowest points of David’s life, it is full of encouragement to drink deeply and feast with plenty on the One who provides – even in […]

Hidden Folks

14 October Psalm 22:1-15 Job 23:1-9, 16-end Hebrews 4:12-end Mark 10:17-31 In last week’s readings we encountered the God of the “thrust out” who seeks to embrace and welcome in all people – particularly the vulnerable and discarded. This week, we are challenged to see not only these “hidden folks” […]

Home (in God’s hands)

prayers for Proper 22B Opening Prayer by Christine Gilbert, from the 15th Assembly Worship Resource: Abundant grace, liberating hope [Lord God Almighty, King of Creation,] we come before you as real people – made in your image, broken in body and spirit, longing to be mended in the shape of […]

No fast food here

Reflecting on Jesus as the bread of life and the centrality of the table in the Christian community … a thought that may be used as a call to worship or in a communion service. There’s no fast food here. No dedicated drive-through lane to ensure easy come and easy […]

Where God dwells

Resources for Proper 11B Part One: In Our Worship 1. Welcome and notices 2. Opening prayer from The Celtic Psalter My dear King, my own King, without pride, without sin, You created the whole world, Eternal victorious King. King of the mysteries, You existed before the elements, before the sun […]

Glory

An opening prayer based on Psalm 29 (The Message) Bravo, God, bravo! All authorities and all angels shout, “Encore!” In awe before Your glory, in wonder before Your visible power. Yahweh Melek*, Yahweh Tsebaoth**, Your voice rolls over the waters like thunder tympanic:  smashing the cedars, skipping the mountain ranges, […]

In harmony

*an opening prayer, responding to the harmony in Psalm 133* Psalm 133 – The Passion Translation A song to bring you higher, by King David How truly wonderful and delightful to see brothers and sisters living together in sweet unity! It’s as precious as the sacred scented oil flowing from […]

From Sand to Stream

I’m captivated by the selection of Scriptures for this first Sunday in Lent  (lectionary readings) which have much to do with this sacred time of preparation for Easter being a period of promise as  God’s draws ever nearer in the acts of repentance, affirmation, retreat, and testing. Below is an […]

Transfiguring Worship

The texts for Transfiguration Sunday this year expand on last week’s reading concerning God’s constant presence and activity (light) in our lives, focusing on the dramatic interplay between light and dark, veiling and unveiling, sight and blindness:  Psalm 50:1-6 – in both the rising and the setting of the sun, […]

Light Blessings

A Call to Worship/Candle-lighting prayer, including a responsive reading of Psalm 147:1-11, 20c (NRSV)  Blessed be you, O Holy Light-fitter, who set the sun in its proper place and scattered the stars across the skies to brighten up our way (the first candle is lit). Blessed be you, Bright Morning […]