2020 Summer Liturgy: Hearing Stories Again for the First Time

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ENTRANCE

REFLECTION

The basic fact is that Christianity as it was born in the mind of this Jewish teacher and thinker appears as a technique of survival for the oppressed. That it became, through the intervening years, a religion of the powerful and the dominant, used sometimes as an instrument of oppression, must not tempt us into believing that it was thus in the mind and life of Jesus. … Wherever his spirit appears, the oppressed gather fresh courage; for he announced the good news that fear, hypocrisy, and hatred, the three hounds of hell that track the trail of the disinherited, need have no dominion over them.…

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2020 Trinity Liturgy: Finding Comfort

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Banner with image of cross, compass rose, and the Seekers plant

ENTRANCE

REFLECTION

As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness – just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.…

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2020 Easter: Witnesses to Hope

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ENTRANCE

REFLECTION

The Christian faith is one that does not pretend things aren’t bad. This is a faith that does not offer platitudes to those who lost children this week to suicide or a tornado. This is not a faith that produces optimism. It is a faith that produces a defiant hope that God is still writing the story and that despite darkness a light shines and that God can redeem our crap and that beauty matters and that despite every disappointing thing we have ever done or that we have ever endured, that there is no hell from which resurrection is impossible.…

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2020 Maundy Thursday online

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WELCOME AND INVITATION

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader:
Are you prepared
to come to the feast of Jesus, the Christ,
whose life was poured out for you?

People:
By the grace of God, we are.

Leader:
Are you able to watch with Jesus
at prayer in the garden —
indeed, to struggle to be in unity
with God’s will for you?

People:
By the grace of God, we are.

Leader:
Then let us praise God, even in this hour of darkness!

All:
God of all grace and steadfast love,
greatly is your name to be praised in all the earth.…

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2020 Lent : How Can These Things Be?

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Cover image The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope has produced the highest resolution image of the sun's surface ever taken. In this picture we can see features as small as 18 miles in size for the first time ever. The image shows a pattern of turbulent, "boiling" gas that covers the entire sun. © NSO/AURA/NSF

GATHERING

ENTRANCE

REFLECTION
For God so loves the world
That she gives us awe,
Shivers on our arms,
Shooting stars.
For God so loves the world
That God gives us
Chrysalis to butterfly,
Horizon lines,
The ability to feel sore
After good work.
For God so loves the world
That he gives us
The day’s first light,
Ancient stories,
The ocean inside a shell.
For God so loves the world
That they give us
Whimsy,
And attention,
Righteous anger,
Winged birds,
Our steps that
Can be heard
Together.

Laura Martin, Associate Pastor
Rock Spring Congregational
United Church of Christ, Arlington, Va.…

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