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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

Gabriel Answers

We’ve been through the exile. We’ve returned home to Jerusalem. The Temple has been rebuilt. The faith has been rebuilt. Then why? Why are we still repeating the same mistakes? Why do we grieve the human condition so? We crave

Posted in Advent, Call to Worship, Luke, Luke 1, Luke 1:1-4, Luke 1:26-45, New 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

Anoint us, O God (short)

*Call to Worship responsive We gather to worship the One whose love knows no bounds. We gather in unity with friends from other churches. Anoint us, O God! But our hearts are heavy. Outside these walls the world is fragmentation and

Posted in Call to Worship, Deuteronomy, Deuteronomy 15:4-11, Lent, Matthew, Matthew 26, Matthew 26:6-13

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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