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There Is a ‘Presence’

Tune: St. Bernard or other 8.6.8.6

There is a presence here and now;
A presence with us all;
A presence when we’re trav’ling high;
A presence when we fall.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Resource Types: Hymns.

Musing on God

God is all without being any thing
while being the all in every thing.

God is the perhaps at the edge
of every moment of choosing.

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Voting: A Ritual

“Voting is irrational.” This jarring statement comes from Paul Woodruff, professor of philosophy at the University of Texas in Austin, in his wise book, REVERENCE: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue. Paul came to USC a few months ago, hosted by my office, to give a series of talks. He’s a person who emanates the virtue that he teaches, speaking with a calm, reflective demeanor. Woodruff posits that unless we understand voting as a ritual, we’ll miss the point of it, and continue to see a decline in voter participation.

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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.

Love Now Ascending

Sung to the tune Nicaea ('Holy, Holy, Holy')

Holy, holy, holy, love now ascending
Early in the morning our song shall rise to you
Holy, holy, holy, joy that has no ending
Giving, forgiving, breathing life anew.

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Resource Types: Hymns and Poetry.

All Life Is Connected

Inspired by Chief Seattle

No matter how different someone is from us, they are part of the human family, one of God’s children to be valued and treated with dignity.
ALL: All of life is connected in an interdependent web.

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A Song of Faith

A Statement of Faith of The United Church of Canada © 2006

This statement of faith seeks to provide a verbal picture of what The United Church of Canada understands its faith to be in its current historical, political, social, and theological context at the beginning of the 21st century. It is also a means of ongoing reflection and an invitation for the church to live out its convictions in relation to the world in which we live.

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The Body Politic of God, Part II

Who Is the Whore of Babylon?

A typical interpretation when reading the Book of Revelation is John’s attempt to answer the interminable question: How exactly will God, once and for all, set things right? When will the “sorrow and weeping be no more,” and the “tear wiped from every eye?” After reinterpreting over and over again the imminent end that has been repeatedly put on indefinite hold, it merely begs the question, why the postponement?

When Revelation is instead understood to be political commentary spun in the form of a fantastic allegorical tale that can be reinterpreted and applied again and again, the question in each succeeding era has more to do with asking the question: Who is the Whore of Babylon, and all she represents? How can we be so easily seduced? And have the words and life of the Galilean sage been lost, even from the time John had his nightmarish vision to our own succumbing today? Read more.

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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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Prayer for Whole Relationships

Generous affection is my inspiration for whole relationships. May my narrow mind arise above all limiting expectations; my fearful heart stir with certainties of compassion; and my actions witness to peace.

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 4: Act As We Believe. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Rituals: Healing. Resource Types: Prayers.

Being Good Role Models for Our Children

The influence that adults have on children is profound. But we often don’t realise our importance as role models.

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Topics: The Younger Generation and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Affirmations and Readings.

The Song of Namaan’s Servant

2 Kings 5

Bathe in muddy Jordan
Seven times to make you whole
Swim in muddy water
Seven times to save your soul

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