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LIfe Our Vision

In this New Year, let us lift our vision of what we can do and what we can achieve:

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Advent Prayer

We crouch with Mary on the straw of our messy lives
letting go of everything but this moment.

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You Who Delight Me – Poems of love & Words of spirit and faith

“you who delight me” is in two parts:
poems of love—secular and spirited writing about people, places and events; and
words of spirit and faith—inclusive language, contemporary liturgies for individual contemplation and progressive faith communities.

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The Birth of Jesus

Born to a poor uneducated carpenter and his partner
All: Jesus was one with oppressed humankind

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Come, let us walk the road (Advent Call to Worship)

Come, let us walk the road that Mary walked
the challenging road
from Nazareth to Bethlehem
not knowing what the future holds.

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Draw Us Closer

God in our distant places
Draw us closer

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Prayers: Call to Worship and Invocation. Resource Types: Affirmations, Prayers, and Readings.

The Breeze at Dawn

by Rumi

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.

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Topics: Fiction and Poetry, Spiritual Exploration & Practice, and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Prayers: Call to Worship and Invocation. Resource Types: Affirmations, Poetry, and Readings.

Swords into Ploughshares

We have a vision of the world not yet realised
All: Where they will beat their swords into ploughshares

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Litany Based on John 1:1-14

In the beginning was the Word …
It all started with an act of divine self-expression.
and the Word was with God …
It all comes from the center of God.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Texts: John. Prayers: Call to Worship and Invocation. Resource Types: Readings.

We Are Community

An opening affirmation

We are community
Embraced by the mystery of God’s love for all creation

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 3: Inclusive Community. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Prayers: Call to Worship and Invocation. Resource Types: Affirmations, Evolving Affirmations of Faith, and Prayers.

The Sound that Calls Us

A responsive reading

One What is the sound that calls us? Listen carefully.
Many The beating of our own hearts calls us to ourselves. It calls us to be our true selves, our best selves. Calls us to be what we might become.

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Amen

All: If I could say one word,
I would say Amen

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Topics: Interfaith Issues & Dialogue and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Prayers: Call to Worship. Resource Types: Affirmations, Prayers, and Readings.

Call to Worship from Psalm 107

Leader: Give thanks for the Lord’s goodness, God’s love is steadfast and forever.
People: God has gathered us from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south, and rescued us from trouble.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Texts: Psalms. Prayers: Call to Worship. Resource Types: Prayers.

Breathing With Gretta…

...a review by Jim Burklo of WE ALL BREATH

- a book of poems by Gretta Vosper As I review my involvement in the progressive Christian movement over the last decade and a half, I face a seeming contradiction. On the one hand, I’m amazed that …

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A Call to Find Your Voice

Responsive reading based on the 8 points

Together we hold a place where each can find voice as they long to reflect the Christ for our time.

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Topics: Progressive Christianity 101 and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Eight points. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Prayers: Call to Worship and Invocation. Resource Types: Affirmations and Readings.

Responsive Reading

Leader: The presence of God is surely in this place.
People: The presence of God is everywhere.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 3: Inclusive Community and Point 8: Compassion and Selfless Love. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons and Pentecost. Prayers: Call to Worship and Invocation. Resource Types: Prayers and Readings.

Those Who Struggle for Justice

For those who promote human rights in countries controlled by military dictatorships, risking their lives every day
All: Blessed are those who are persecuted for their struggle for justice: the kingdom of heaven is theirs

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 6: Peace and Justice. Prayers: Call to Worship and Invocation. Resource Types: Prayers and Readings.
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