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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 […]

A Prayer for Human Rights Day

*using the words of the prophet Isaiah (chapter 40) for a congregational response* O Lord who calls us into the Way of Right Living we remember this day the rights we’ve been given – rights hard fought for by those who have gone before through terrible suffering, oppression and war; […]

An Advent Candle Poem/Prayer

For use in congregations/communities who light a candle each Sunday in Advent leading up to Christmas following the traditional pattern of prophets (hope), Mary and Joseph (faith), shepherds (joy), angels (peace) and Jesus (love) … a simple poem/prayer in five parts with an additional “verse” to be said as a […]

It’s nothing but smoke

* contemplating in community Ecclesiastes 1:2-11 and James 1:2-11* You will need: a central altar or table, a black table cloth, a large candle (with three wicks is helpful to invoke visually the image of a Triune God), smaller tea lights (sufficient for the group), a lighter or matches, copies […]