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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 We see traditions and assume they are outdated.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

Alpha & Omega

You created us out of the earth and your own breath. We are made in your own image, forever connected to you.  You called us out of Egypt saving us from slavery. We are your beloved,always in your sights.  You brought us

Posted in Advent, Advent Joy, Call to Worship, Ezra, Ezra 1, Ezra 1:1-4, 3:1-4, 10-13, Ezra 3

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

In the Darkest of Times

In the darkest of times,God has not forgotten us. When we feel under siege,God is planning wondrous things for us. Though we endure hard times, though we may be scattered to the winds, and weep at great loss,God readies a

Posted in Advent, Call to Worship, Invocation, Jeremiah, Jeremiah 33, Jeremiah 33, Jeremiah 33:1-3, narrative lectionary, Old Testament, Seasons of the Church

Sharing Ourselves & Resources

Prayer of Confession (unison)We want to do as you require. We try. We want to use our resources of time, talent, and money for the furtherance of your unfolding kin_dom. But we confess we’ve failed to live into our potential

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Posted in 2 Kings, 2 Kings 22, 2 Kings 22:1-20, Confession of Sin & Assurance, narrative lectionary, Old Testament, Passing of the Peace

We Have Decided

They were repairing the Temple and found an old scroll. They took it to King Josiah.  A faithful king, Josiah recognized the Torah, the word of God.Committed to following God, Josiah read it to the people. They, too, wanted to be

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Posted in 2 Kings, 2 Kings 22, 2 Kings 22:1-20, Call to Worship, narrative lectionary, Old Testament

And you weep.

Prayer of Confession Mother of Us All: You call to us across the generations. Expressing your love, you nudge us to love and care for the planet and all who inhabit her. We turn away from the earth and from

Posted in Confession of Sin & Assurance, Hosea, Hosea 11, Hosea 11:1-9, narrative lectionary, Old Testament
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