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“Kill your own child” God seemed to say (Abraham and Isaac)

From the Boundless Life collection

“Kill your own child” God seemed to say with firmness,
“For children satisfy a god’s desire.”
So Abraham brought Isaac in obedience
To sacrifice upon the altar’s fire.

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Topics: Arts and Music, Bibles and Bible Study, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 8: Compassion and Selfless Love. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Texts: Genesis. Resource Types: Audio MP3, Hymns, and PDF Download.

As Swimmers Dare

A poem by Denise Levertov

One of Marcus Borg’s favorite examples of how poetry enriches liturgy:

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The cup of our living

From the Boundless Life collection

The cup of our living flows over its rim
And minds have no room for the fresh or the new,
For minds that are sated have stopped in their tracks
And ceased to be open to God’s widening view.

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Behind the world of images

From the Boundless Life collection

Behind the world of images
There’s nothing we can see.
Behind the realm of sound and word
There’s nothing we can hear.

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Let Opposites All Share

From the Boundless Life collection

Let opposites all share a common space,
The inner and the outer be as one;
Each mind reflect life’s interweaving grace
And hearts all find God’s presence deep within.

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Within, between and far beyond

From the Boundless Life collection

Within, between and far beyond
Form journeys of the pilgrim way
Exploring myst’ry’s sacred realms,
Entwining darkness with the day.

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Spirit of All Freedom

From the Boundless Life collection

Spirit of all freedom,
Mystery unconfined,
Breaking bondage,
Freeing mind,
Life-force we embrace.

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Topics: Arts and Music, Spiritual Exploration & Practice, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 4: Act As We Believe. Seasons & Special Events: Pentecost. Resource Types: Audio MP3, Hymns, and PDF Download.

Three Faiths Carol

Hymn words by Shirley Erena Murray

Now the star of Christmas
shines into our day,
points a new direction:
change is on the way –

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Topics: Arts and Music, Interfaith Issues & Dialogue, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 2: Pluralism and Point 5: Non-Dogmatic Searchers. Seasons & Special Events: Epiphany. Ages: Adult. Resource Types: Hymns.

For Each, Their Own

Our created and conscious selves were, some way, divinely brought about
The figurative “hand of God” as eternally present, there’s very little doubt!

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Topics: Belief, Fiction and Poetry, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 5: Non-Dogmatic Searchers. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Ages: Adult. Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.

The Sun -Mary Oliver

Have you ever seen
anything
in your life
more wonderful

than the way the sun,
every evening,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon

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Topics: Gratitude, Spiritual Exploration & Practice, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 7: Integrity of the Earth. Seasons & Special Events: Earth Day. Resource Types: Poetry.

From Good Friday’s gruesome darkness

From the Boundless Life collection

From Good Friday’s gruesome darkness
To the rise of Easter Morn
Lies a path beyond our coyness,
Path that holds the newly born.

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Topics: Arts and Music, Spiritual Exploration & Practice, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 4: Act As We Believe. Seasons & Special Events: Easter and Holy Week. Resource Types: Audio MP3, Hymns, and PDF Download.
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