Category Archives: Worship Resources

milkweed

there is nothing so apparently lifeless as a milkweed pod in the autumn nothing so apparently lifeless as a stone shrouded tomb more will be revealed there is nothing as pernicious as a milkweed seed in a farmer’s field there … Continue reading

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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Once upon a time, a colleague pointed out an implicit anti-semitism in our traditional carol, “O come, O come, Emmanuel”. She suggested that singing about Israel needing to be ransomed with Christ as the atoning sacrifice was disrespectful of our … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve Communion Prayer

Communion Prayer (sung response 756 NCH) Gathering around the table as we celebrate new life borning,
 we remember so many stories shared around tables; tables where bread is broken and cup is poured out, where families gather and generations share, … Continue reading

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“once in royal david’s city”, new verses

I was trying to find verses to affirm the power of the political message of Jesus’ birth stories, particular the Luke story. This text was inspired by Borg and Crossan’s “The First Christmas”. Follow the traditional first verse with these … Continue reading

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prayer for time of transition

Prayer of Dedication (for day of transition) For the wisdom of our elders bringing us safely to this place; God of our yesterday, we give you thanks. For the vision of new generations opening windows to new views; God of … Continue reading

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awe in the wake

Sunday, December 26, 2004 – an earthquake rumbled beneath the Indian Ocean unleashing a wave 10 stories high on unsuspecting villagers sweeping away hundreds of thousands of people with it. Tuesday, January 12, 2010 – a catastrophic 7.0 earthquake rocked … Continue reading

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Table Prayer for a progressive Christian community…

Welcome: And so we gather at the table. We come from many places, differing in age, differing in race, differing in orientation, politics and even religion. As we come together around the table we discover that our differences are not … Continue reading

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what wondrous love

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul! What wondrous love is this, O my soul! What wondrous love is this that Christ should come from bliss To share the hate and strife, O my soul, O … Continue reading

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Call to worship… psalm 23 and beyond

Caught in the echo chamber of negativity and scarcity it is hard, Holy One, to hear your call: to a place of abundance. Caught by the searing cruelty trumpeted in the headlines it is hard, Holy One, to hear your … Continue reading

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Just as I am… for Lent

Charlotte Elliott’s verse…. ust as I am, without one plea, But that Thy blood was shed for me, And that Thou bidst me come to Thee, O Lamb of God, I come, I come. Some new words: Just as I … Continue reading

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