Liturgies

Our inclusive language liturgies generally set the structure and theme of Sunday morning worship. Since announcements are an integral part of our life together, we offer some guidelines for those who make announcements towards the end of  worship.

2018 Summer: Living With Our Inheritance

cover image is a painting, "There is a River" by Deborah SokoloveGATHERING

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REFLECTION

The Creator God has spread out for our delight a banquet that was twenty billion years in the making. A banquet of rivers and lakes, of rain and sunshine, of rich earth and of amazing flowers, of handsome trees and of dancing fishes, of contemplative animals and whistling winds, of dry and wet seasons, of cold and hot climates … and so are we, blessings ourselves, invited to the banquet.

Matthew Fox, Original Blessing, pp.112-113

2018 Telling the Story: Grace is Enough

GATHERING

ENTRANCE

REFLECTION

It is unearned love – the love that goes before, that greets us on the way. It’s the help you receive when you have no bright ideas left, when you are empty and desperate and have discovered that your best thinking and most charming charm have failed you. Grace is the light or electricity or juice or breeze that takes you from that isolated place and puts you with others who are as startled and embarrassed and eventually grateful as you are to be there.

Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith, p. 139

 

2018 Pentecost

GATHERING

ENTRANCE

REFLECTION

We are the vessels of God’s voice, her words blowing through us, bidding us to tell the tales that only we can speak.

Jan L. Richardson, In Wisdom’s Path

2018 Easter: For the Love of God

GATHERING

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REFLECTION

The mystics consistently use words like mercy, forgiveness, faithfulness, and healing to describe what they experience as God. These all imply a God who does not just impose rules, but in fact changes them for us! And every time God forgives, God is saying that relationship is more important than God’s own rules!

Richard Rohr, “All Things Change and Grow,” Feb 26, 2018.

 

2018 Lent: The Foolishness of Faith

2018 Lent Bulletin Cover with image adapted from Hokusai "Under the Wave off Kanagawa"GATHERING

ENTRANCE

REFLECTION

Today’s Gospel challenges us to decide if we will judge Jesus as outrageously impossible to follow or if we will ask him to take us with him out onto the unruly sea of gospel living. Are we willing to take on the crazy mind of Christ?

Sr. Mary McGlone, CSJ, Give Us This Day, January 2018, p. 211

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