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Christmas Eve 95

A baby waits in a dark, warm womb
Lulled by the sway of a donkey’s walk

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Topics: Arts and Music and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Advent and Christmas. Resource Types: Prayers and Readings.

Christmas Eve Responsive Reading

Leader: It is a night of anticipation, a night of waiting.
People: We wait, as Mary and Joseph waited for the birth of their son.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 1: Teachings of Jesus and Point 8: Compassion and Selfless Love. Seasons & Special Events: Advent and Christmas. Prayers: Call to Worship and Invocation. Resource Types: Prayers and Readings.

Christmas Prayer: Emmanuel, God-Is-with-Us

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We believe in an Ultimate Reality,
a reality beyond our words
and beyond our images,
a reality that grounds and sustains everything that exists.

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Everything I needed

Adapted from a Sufi poem

I asked for strength and God gave me difficulties to make me strong.

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Lord’s Prayer

Dear One, closer to us than our own hearts, farther from us than the most distant star, you are beyond naming.

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Eight points. Prayers: The Lord's Prayer. Resource Types: Prayers.

A 21st Century Lord’s Prayer

Great divine spirit of love that is at the core of everything and from which all life flows,
We acknowledge your healing and transforming power.

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Eight points. Prayers: The Lord's Prayer. Resource Types: Prayers.

A New Lord’s Prayer

Breath, love, hope, inspiration
– truth that sings forth from within
even as I am enveloped with its challenge,

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Eight points. Prayers: The Lord's Prayer. Resource Types: Prayers.

The Daily Prayer

A contemporary rendering of the Lord's Prayer

O Divine Power of Creation
Hallowed be thy name
The mystery of thy grace be with us

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Eight points. Prayers: The Lord's Prayer. Resource Types: Prayers.

The Lord’s Prayer

Good caring presence within us, around us, and above us;
Hold us in a sense of mystery and wonder.

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Eight points. Prayers: The Lord's Prayer. Resource Types: Prayers.

The Apostles’ Creed & the Lord’s Prayer As I Hear Them

As an Episcopalian I regularly recite the Apostles’ Creed and pray the Lord’s Prayer. In doing so, I stand with Jesus’ early followers as they struggled to find words that could frame how their lives were being renewed beyond comprehension. My life also is being renewed beyond comprehension, or so I’m convinced, as I try to live out the self-giving embodied in the common life Jesus began. But I live in a vastly different time and place from those of Jesus’ early followers. My everyday assumptions about the world and how it works are vastly different, not final truths, mind you, but still different, and just as inescapable as people’s everyday assumptions back then.

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Giving Thanks with All Our Hearts

We recognise that life is a gift and a joy to be lived in all its richness

All: We give thanks with all our hearts

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 4: Act As We Believe and Point 7: Integrity of the Earth. Seasons & Special Events: Earth Day. Prayers: Call to Worship. Resource Types: Prayers.

Youth Suicide

I am really struggling with my faith today, A boy near us has killed himself.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 8: Compassion and Selfless Love. Seasons & Special Events: Life Celebration (funeral). Ages: All Ages. Resource Types: Prayers.
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