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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

God’s Word

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

Resisting & Hoping

We call out to you, “Be the God we dream!” You respond by being the God you are. We discuss you and define you and expect of you. But you unravel our expectations and definitions. We seek to limit and

Posted in Advent, Advent 1 Hope, Call to Worship, Daniel, Daniel 3, Daniel 3:1, 8-30, Invocation, narrative lectionary, Old Testament, Seasons of the Church
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