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A Morning Prayer

Gracious One, God of joy, of transitions, of confidence, and doubt. We turn to you this morning grateful for sunshine and spring. It reminds us of the resurrection of Jesus after his horrendous death at the hands of Rome. At

Posted in Days of the Church, Easter, Eastertide, Pastoral Prayer, Prayers, Seasons of the Church

Truth in a Time of Mistrust and Mythology

The journey continues.  We continue putting one step in front of the other.  Our mind wanders. Our thoughts drifts as we seek to make sense of a world of conflict and mistrust. We put one foot in front of the

Posted in Days of the Church, John, John 18, John 18:28-40, Lent, Lent 4, New Testament, Seasons of the Church

An Ash Wednesday Liturgy and Gathering

Opening Words Recognizing we are made of earth and God’s breath, we gather this evening to confess our human frailty while acknowledging the divine within one another. We lay before God the mistakes and choices we’ve made that separate us

Posted in Ash Wednesday, Days of the Church, John, John 10, John 10:1-18, New Testament

Christ is Risen!

It feels like a pre-celebration. Christ is Risen! It doesn’t feel right when we are apart. Christ is Risen! It feels like a meaningless ritual. Christ is Risen! It feels too soon. Our worries are great and we’re still sheltering in place.Christ is

Posted in Call to Worship, Easter, Mark, Mark 16, Mark 16:1-10, Mark 16:12-15, New Testament

Ash Wednesday: We are Breathing

Call to Worship Come into this sacred space and breathe.Formed from dust, we are here. We are breathing. Moment of silence. Let go of the world that tells you to compete endlessly.Formed from dust, we are here. We are breathing. Moment of

Posted in Ash Wednesday, Call to Worship, Days of the Church, Invocation, Mark, Mark 9, Mark 9:30-37, New Testament

Christmas Eve – Exile to Hope

Under siege, Jerusalem wailed in despair.The walls fell. The Temple crumbled. In the darkest of hours, we long for hope. Exiled to Babylon, the people adapted and faith was tenuous. In the darkest of hours,we long for hope. In time, the people returned

Posted in Call to Worship, Christmas Eve, Ezra, Isaiah, Jeremiah, narrative lectionary

Oh Jesus!

We gather to hear you.Oh God! Speak to us! We gather to grow into your ways.Oh Jesus! Teach us! We gather to find you peace.Oh Spirit! Surround us in your love! Amen

Posted in Call to Worship, trinity, Trinity Sunday

Your Heavy Burden is Lifted

Clouds hung close to the earth.A boulder weighed heavy upon us. And they wept.  And hid.  On the third day, the sun emerges. The tomb is empty. The weight of the boulder lifts from our shoulders. With great fear and excitement,they

Posted in Call to Worship, Easter, Matthew, Matthew 28, Matthew 28:1-10, New Testament

He Rode Into the City

He rode into the city like an earthly king. Jesus was so much more. They waved branches and lay down their cloaks. Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna! He entered the Temple. And overturned tables and threw the money changers out! My house

Posted in Call to Worship, Matthew, Matthew 21, Matthew 21:1-17, New Testament, Palm Sunday, Palm/Passion Sunday

Miraculous & Mysterious Things

The stone was rolled away. Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, Rabbouni” (which means Teacher). (John 20:16 CEB) Mary was in the presence of the transforming Jesus. Mary Magdalene left and announced to

Posted in Easter, Eastertide, John, John 20, John 20:19-31, New Testament, Uncategorized
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