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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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God in the Belly

Full of God, full to birthing,
Mary howls: head back, hair tossed,
Hands skyward with joy
That wrongs are about to be righted,
Salvation’s about to be sighted.

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Topics: Fiction and Poetry. 8 Points: Point 6: Peace and Justice. Seasons & Special Events: Christmas. Ages: Adult, Teen, and Young Adult. Texts: Luke. Prayers: Invocation. Resource Types: Meditations and Spiritual Journey Reflections.

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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Framework of Christmas – first Sunday of Advent in Aotearoa

In Advent, we build the framework of Christmas
together we put up scaffolding
signalling something’s being renovated
something new is being created.

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Opening Prayer

Gracious life-giving God, you call us to live out our faith in ways that honor you and bless our neighbors, and we recognize that worship is an essential part of our faith journey.

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Topics: Prayer and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 1: Teachings of Jesus and Point 4: Act As We Believe. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Prayers: Invocation. Resource Types: Prayers.

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.

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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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.

Litany Based on John 1:1-4

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: Invocation. Resource Types: Prayers and Readings.

Let Us Overcome

An Easter Litany

The celebration of Easter is the acknowledgement of the power of the divine spirit working through us to transform the most negative of situations. Let us commit ourselves to overcoming hate with love.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 4: Act As We Believe. Seasons & Special Events: Easter. Prayers: Invocation. Resource Types: Prayers.

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.

Hear the Voices

One: Hear the voices, small voices, loud voices, voices of the oppressed, voices of the powerful.

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

Christmas Day responsive reading

Leader: Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Christ.
People: We celebrate the birth of Jesus, who showed us how to express God by letting the Christ within be our guide.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 8: Compassion and Selfless Love. Seasons & Special Events: Christmas. Prayers: Call to Worship and Invocation. Resource Types: Prayers and Readings.
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