Liturgies

Our inclusive language liturgies generally set the structure and theme of Sunday morning worship. 

Recent liturgies are listed below.  Our liturgy archive covers liturgies 2006 and earlier.

2017 - Easter - This is What Ressurection Looks Like

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Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called....  

1 Peter 3:9 (Berean Study Bible)

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2017 Lent - Is God With Us? Is God Among Us?

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The most amazing fact about Jesus … is that he found God in disorder and imperfection—and told us that we must do the same or we would never be content on this earth. 

Richard Rohr, The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See, pg 1.

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2017 Epiphany - Loving Our Enemies

GATHERING.                 

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Wage peace with your breath.

Breathe in firemen and rubble,

breathe out whole buildings

and flocks of redwing blackbirds.

Breathe in terrorists and breathe out sleeping children

and freshly mown fields.

Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees.

from the poem, “Wage Peace,” by Judyth Hill

http://www.judythhill.com/home.html

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2016 Advent - What's Coming?

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Where refugees seek deliverance that never comes,

And the heart consumes itself, as if it would live,

Where little children age before their time,

And life wears down the edges of the mind,

Where the old man sits with mind grown cold,

While bones and sinew, blood and cell, go slowly down to death,

Where fear companions each day's life,

And Perfect Love seems long delayed,

CHRISTMAS IS WAITING TO BE BORN:

In you, in me, in all mankind.

Howard Thurman, "Christmas Is Waiting to be Born"

in The Mood of Christmas & Other Celebrations (1973, re-issued 1985), p 23

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2016 Jubilee - Still a Vision

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One of the most poisonous of all Satan’s whispers is simply, “Things will never change.” That lie kills expectation, trapping our heart forever in the present. To keep desire alive and flourishing, we must renew our vision for what lies ahead. Things will not always be like this. Jesus has promised to “make all things new.” Eye has not seen, ear has not heard all that God has in store...you cannot outdream God.

John Eldredge, The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God 

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2016 Recommitment - Lament and Promise

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We are experiencing all kinds of trouble, but we aren’t crushed. We are confused, but we aren’t depressed. We are harassed, but we aren’t abandoned. We are knocked down, but we aren’t knocked out.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Common English Bible (CEB)

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2016 - Summer "What in the World...."

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Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.

Clarissa Pinkola Estés, "Letter to a Young Activist in Troubled Times”

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2016 After Pentecost - Thank God We're All in This Together

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Whenever Jesus says come and follow him, he is saying: I'd like to invite you to join my community. I'd like you to pick up your life, to pack up your bags and come share your life with us. Come join us, come experience the new kind of security that we have found by trusting God together.

Jim Wallis, The Call to Conversion, p.65

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2016 Easter - Transforming Faith

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Shake out your qualms.

Shake up your dreams.

Deepen your roots.

Extend your branches.

Trust deep water

and head for the open,

even if your vision

shipwrecks you.…

Nothing perishes;

nothing survives;

everything transforms!

James Broughton, excerpt from “Easter Exultet” in Little Sermons of the Big Joy.

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2016 Lent - We Become Re-Formed

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There is a hard truth to be told: before spring becomes beautiful, it is plug ugly, nothing but mud and muck. I have walked in the early spring through fields that will suck your boots off, a world so wet and woeful it makes you yearn for the return of ice. But in that muddy mess, the conditions for rebirth are being created.

Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak, p 103

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2016 Epiphany - Transforming Tradition

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Tradition, which is always old, is at the same time ever new because it is always reviving—born again in each new generation, to be lived and applied in a new and particular way.

Thomas Merton, No Man Is An Island, p 151

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2015 Christmastide

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Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love divine;

Love was born at Christmas; star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead, love incarnate, love divine;

Worship we our Jesus, but wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token; love be yours and love be mine,

Love to God and neighbor, love for plea and gift and sign.

                                                 Christina Rossetti    

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