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Yours the Praise

Fire who burns inside the mountain
Earth who feeds the trees
Sea who sprays up like a fountain
Wind who sighs the leaves

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 7: Integrity of the Earth. Resource Types: Chants, Hymns, and Poetry.

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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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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I Am

I am,
said God to Moses from the burning bush.

I am the light of the world…
I am the way…
I am the gate…
I am the vine…
I am the bread…
Before Abraham was, I am…
said Jesus.

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Prologue: Before is Now

Before the Beginning,
Being,
The Egg,
Simply, infinitely being,
Unimpeded, and
Bang!
The Word.

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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.

the world as she stands now

the world as she stands now
she was good at birth

her age
like cracks
in a foundation
spidering away
from crabgrass

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Song of Arising

Hearken, children, to the sound
A bird dives, screaming, to the ground
Rise out of the water!
Stand up from the water!
Children, children, rise!

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Topics: Fiction and Poetry, Peace and Justice, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 6: Peace and Justice. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.

A Candle Burns

A candle is burning yellow near the rail of an altar
In the church setting its flame will likely not falter

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Discoveries

Look at me! Check it out! I am grinning like a kid again!
I am one with the world in a flow of wonder!
Land, sea and sky join in my delight

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Fear

Fear makes you crazier than safer,
Not worth the protection you pay for.
Fear’s what you feel about what you don’t know
That prevents you from knowing.

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Working Together

We know it won’t be easy to turn the world around
We know it will take time to climb to higher ground

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Topics: Peace and Justice and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 4: Act As We Believe and Point 6: Peace and Justice. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.
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