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Alone Together

Life goes up. Life goes down. Life goes on.  We weep. We laugh and dance. We suffer and we pray.  Together we cling. Together we share our song.Together we are one human family.  Let us worship alone, yet not alone. 

Posted in Call to Worship, Invocation, Job, Old Testament

Consume Us

Hear Me, God!Listen to Me! Respond to my challenge and my suffering! We gather with ears, with eyes, and with hearts to listen, to perceive, and to experience Divine wisdom. May she fill us and consume us. Amen.

Posted in Call to Worship, Job, Job 38:1-11, Old Testament

Sprouting Hope

In his despair, Job envies a tree.For when a tree is cut down, new sprouts mean resurrection and hope. Job yearns to be hidden away in a place where devastation cannot touch him.Hidden from harshness, Job anticipates vindication.  Before God

Posted in Call to Worship, Job, Job 14, Job 14:7-15, Job 19, Job 19:23-27, narrative lectionary, Old Testament

Despair, Weariness, Anger…and Trust.

Job was a faithful man. A man of integrity, he was loyal to the God of love, justice, and mercy. His life was blessed. Job’s faithfulness was blessed with a life without strife and challenge.Or so he thought. It all

Posted in Call to Worship, Job, Job 3:1-10, Job 3:1-10, Job 4:1-9, Job 7:11-22, lamentation, Old Testament

Quakes & Tornadoes, Virus & Famine, and Sunshine & Storms

Across the waters,the restless breath blew.And God began to create. Beneath the stars,the earth was filled with quakes & tornadoes, virus & famine, and sunshine & storms.And the people struggled to survive. God loved the ones, created from the dust and God’s

Posted in Call to Worship, Confession of Sin & Assurance, Genesis, Genesis 1, Genesis 1-2, Genesis 1-2:1, Mark 13, Mark 13:1-8, 24-37, narrative lectionary, New Testament, Old Testament

Confession & Assurance: Psalm 51

Prayer of Confession Have mercy on me, God, according to your faithful love! Wipe away my wrongdoingsaccording to your great compassion! Wash me completely clean of my guilt;purify me from my sin! Because I know my wrongdoings,my sin is always

Posted in Confession of Sin & Assurance, Old Testament, Psalm 51, Psalm 51:1-3, Psalm 51:6-7, Psalms

Installation of Leaders in the Church

Installation of Leaders of the Church Pastor: In the night, Samuel heard a voice.  Now the boy Samuel was serving the Lord under Eli. The Lord’s word was rare at that time, and visions weren’t widely known. 2 One day Eli,

Posted in 1 Samuel, 1 Samuel 3, 1 Samuel 3:2-11, Installation of Deacons, Installation of Leaders, Installation of Officers, New Testament, Old Testament, Romans, Romans 12, Romans 12:4-6

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

Failing to Listen to One Another; One Body

Prayer of Confession We confess we fail to listen to one another. We focus on what we want and blame one another. We see the future and yearn for the past. We see traditions and assume they are outdated. Help

Posted in 1 Corinthians, 1 Corinthians 12, 1 Corinthians 12:12-21, 1 Corinthians 12:13-26, 1 Corinthians 12:14-20, Confession of Sin & Assurance, Ezra, Ezra 1, Ezra 1:1-4, 3:1-4, 10-13, Ezra 3, New Testament, Old Testament
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