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We’ve been in exile. We’ve allowed ourselves to be tempted by the idols of things and power. We’ve found it isn’t what we thought.  Shopping therapy and yearning for a soda pop does nothing to build up our world. They

Posted in Advent, Call to Worship, Confession of Sin & Assurance, Isaiah, Isaiah 55, Isaiah 55:1-11, Old Testament, Seasons of the Church

Reignite Your Image in Us

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, Confession of Sin & Assurance, Isaiah, Isaiah 9, Isaiah 9:1-7, narrative lectionary, Old Testament

So This is Christmas: A Christmas Eve Liturgy

Multimedia Prelude Music: Happy Xmas (War is Over), Jake Shimabukuro, Yo-Yo Ma Video: Snow_Loop, Work of the People Call to Worship And so this is Christmas! We gather again to mark the birth of the one who comes to turn the world upside

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Joy in the Midst of Incomplete Hope

*Call to Worship/Lighting of Wreath Speaking as hope, though incomplete, began to feel tangible… the prophet speaks. Speaking into the time when the people were no longer exiled… but the struggles were still real. Isaiah outlines God’s vision for God’s

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Posted in Advent, Advent Candle of Joy, Call to Worship, Isaiah, Isaiah 61, Isaiah 61:1-11, Old Testament, Seasons of the Church

How Long, O Lord? A Sermon in a Rural County Following the Election

Isaiah 6 We must hold the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. –Karl Barth Election numbers County 2/3 State 40% National slightly less than 50% Protests across cities Fringe Trump supporters overtly threatening We are a

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Posted in Elections, Isaiah, Isaiah 6, Sermon, Special Times

Waves of Love & Commitment

Invitation God’s breath sustains the ever-creating universe. Divine love rode the waves with the baby Moses and is with you in every joy, heartbreak, and challenge. Let God’s love move you to commit to use your talents and financial resources

Posted in Exodus, Exodus 2, Exodus 2:1-10, Genesis, Genesis 1-2, Genesis 1-2:1, Invitation to Offering, Isaiah, Isaiah 43, Isaiah 43:19-20, Offering, Old Testament, Prayer of Dedication, Uncategorized

The River of Life

Prayer of Invocation  Your divine breath swept across the waters, giving life to fish & child. You rode the waves with Moses, moving a sister to speak up, reuniting mother and infant. You revealed your pleasure in Jesus, as the

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Service of Healing & Hope for Our Nation

Click here to see photos of the visuals in this service. Prelude  *Call to Worship Veni Sancte Spiritus Come, Holy Spirit, Come. We are here to commune, to grow, to learn, and to prepare our hearts and minds before returning

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Out of Trying Times

Litany of Confession, Grace, & Journey to the Star-Child (Advent 3) The times were trying. The world was dangerous. Into those times Isaiah, son of Amoz speaks. The world is a place filled with violence and evil. Isaiah speaks God’s

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Posted in Advent Series, Confession of Sin & Assurance, Isaiah, Isaiah 7, Isaiah 7:14, Matthew, Matthew 1, Matthew 1:17-2:2, Matthew 2, Old Testament, Uncategorized

Yearning for the Star-Child

Litany of Confession, Grace, & Journey to the Star-Child (Advent 2) Our earth is in trouble, ice caps are melting, storms are growing more intense. Where is God? Why have you left us in this hellish exile? Our politics lack

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