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Stewards of the Climate

We are the stewards of this wondrous earth
With all its teeming life of priceless worth;
In all creation God is thus revealed
In birds and beasts, in forests and each field;

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Topics: Arts and Music, Social & Environmental Ministry, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 7: Integrity of the Earth. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons and Earth Day. Resource Types: Hymns.

Benediction

May the peace of God surround you
Like the trees of the forest
May the peace of God warm you all over
Like the sun in the sky

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Prayers: Benediction. Resource Types: Blessings and Prayers.

Sanctuary

Shafts of light
Through cathedral windows.
Dappled shade
Upon the leaves
Beneath my feet.

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Sample Ceremony: BLESSING OUR TAXES

Blessing taxpayers and taxes for the sake of the common good, while asking for divine guidance as citizens in shaping and improving the way our taxes are spent

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Facing Pain- Michael Singer

At any moment you can feel frustration, anger, fear, jealousy, insecurity, or embarrassment. If you watch, you will see that the heart is trying to push it all away. If you want to be free, you have to learn to stop fighting these human feelings.

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Transfiguration Eucharistic Prayer

Presider: God be with you
People: And also with you
Presider: Open your hearts
People: We open our hearts to God

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 1: Teachings of Jesus. Seasons & Special Events: Transfiguration. Rituals: Communion. Resource Types: Prayers.

Doxology for Transfiguration Sunday

Sung to the traditional tune

Praise God for visions great and small,
Praise God who calls us one and all,
Praise God whose Spirit gives new sight,
Praise God who fills our lives with light. Amen

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Transfiguration. Resource Types: Chants and Hymns.

God Is Within

From beginning to each ending
God is within.
Human and divine keep blending;
God is within.

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How and Why Christianity Must Change and What a Local Pastor Can Do

Paper presented at Georgetown College for the conference: Re-Imagining Faith for America and the World

It’s important to understand that the change I believe must occur is not related to style, but substance. I’m sure most of you remember the abundance of church growth literature accessible at the height of that movement. Almost all of it related to style and methodology, which is not to say that such issues are not important, but my greater concerns relate to substance and message. So, what needs to happen?

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