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Following the One in Whom God Delights

John the Baptist calls out, “Prepare the way for the Lord; make his paths straight.”But how do we prepare for the Christ? Don’t cheat. Don’t harass others. Share what you have. Don’t rely upon the ancestors to cover up your

Posted in Call to Worship, Isaiah, Isaiah 42, Isaiah 42:1, Luke, Luke 3, Luke 3:1-22, narrative lectionary, New Testament, Old Testament

Jubilation will come.

The people were finally home.After generations in exile, they returned to their ancestral land. The joy that was anticipated was real,but it was also different to return home.Though they yearned for the way it was, the future is a place

Posted in Call to Worship, Isaiah, Isaiah 61, Isaiah 61:1-11, Old Testament

Make Us Like Isaiah

We create images of you,placing you within the constraints of our humanity.But you are beyond our imaginings. You call upon us to be your people,pushing the limits of who we think we can be.But you know we can be so

Posted in Call to Worship, Isaiah, Isaiah 6, Isaiah 6, Isaiah 6:1-13, Old Testament

Christmas Eve – Exile to Hope Candle Litany

Lighting of the Advent Candles We light the first and second candles, remembering the people’s longing for Peace in a time of war and destruction. We long for hope and peace. We light the third candles, recognizing the people’s struggle

Posted in Advent, Ezra, Isaiah, Jeremiah

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

Exile

We’ve been in exile for so long. Our world is our Babylon. Our world values power and things. Our God and our teacher Jesus favor humility and people. We’ve made a life for ourselves in this Babylon of greed, selfishness,

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Posted in Advent, Advent Peace, Call to Worship, Isaiah, Isaiah 40, Isaiah 40:1-11, Old Testament

The Fast We Have Chosen

Suddenly a sound from heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire house…                                       (Acts 2:2 CEB) A flame

Posted in Acts, Acts 2, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 2:42-44, 47a, Call to Worship, Isaiah, Isaiah 58, Isaiah 58:6, Luke, Luke 10, Luke 10, Luke 10:37, New Testament, Old Testament

Darkness. Light.

Injustice. Darkness. Illness. Darkness. Hopelessness and temptations. Darkness. Worry and anxiety. Darkness. Evil in many forms pervades our world. Darkness disorients. We light a bulb and it sizzles and fades out. The light of hope is shattered into many pieces.

Posted in Call to Worship, Invocation, Isaiah, Isaiah 9, Isaiah 9:1-7, Old Testament, Uncategorized

With each child born

Call to Worship With each child born, be they be the Christ child, your child, or our own baby… Hope is rekindled. God loves God’s creation. Confident the time will come when the lamb and leopard live in peace together,

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Posted in Call to Worship, Isaiah, Isaiah 11, Isaiah 11:2-6, Matthew, Matthew 18, Matthew 18:1-5, New Testament, Old Testament, Uncategorized

Born of the Spirit

Come here, little one. Sit with Jesus in joy. Grow in faith. Listen to the words of sage Jesus. Each of us are God’s beloved. The wolf will live with the lamb and the calf and lion will feed together…

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Posted in Call to Worship, Isaiah, Isaiah 11, Isaiah 11:2-6, Matthew, Matthew 18, Matthew 18:1-5, New Testament, Old Testament, Uncategorized
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