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When I’m Feeling Hurt and Angry

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

When I’m feeling hurt and angry
I will let my feelings out
Yelling all my pain out loudly
When no others are about.

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When Your Heart Is Feeling Blue

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

When your heart is feeling blue,
Feeling blue, feeling blue,
Count your blessings and give thanks,
Give thanks to God.

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If My Eyes Are Full of Tears

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

If my eyes are full of tears,
If my heart is numb with pain,
Give me hope that does not die;
Bring me back to life again.

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Our Spirits Are Like the Trees

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

Our spirits are like the trees of the forest,
Or trees as they stand guarding a park.
Our spirits can reach as high as tall timber.
Praise God for Spirit’s sacred life.

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I Don’t Have to Be

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

(Boys) I don’t have to be king of the castle,
I just want to be me.
(Girls) I don’t have to be queen of the castle,
I just need the courage to be,

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We’re Really Like the Onions

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

We’re really like the onions
With skins beneath our skin.
Each face has ways of masking
The private worlds within.

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Wage Peace!

Wage peace!
to acknowledge faith
declare love
confess failure
expose injustice
admit mistakes

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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: Affirmations, Poetry, and Readings.

Ride On

Ride on: ride on in majesty;
The palms affirm with certainty
Their claim – you are Messiah King.
The crowds join in and loudly sing.

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Hosanna in the Highest

The shocking thing about the story of Jesus is that it turns common wisdom on its head.

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Call to Worship for a Sacred Community

Welcome! One thing is for certain. We are all welcome. This is the Jesus way. He called people to him; he asked people to come to him; he welcomed them; he got cranky with his disciples when they tried to prevent anyone, anyone at all coming to him. He ate with outcasts, those despised; he befriended tax collectors, those regarded as thieves; he encouraged children, usually ignored in adult community, to sit on his knees; he had meals with the elite and the riffraff; he conversed publicly with women although that was taboo; unlike the religious leaders of his day, he sought the company of all kinds and types of people, to affirm them, to challenge them, to call them to an abundant way of life. So we are all welcome. This is the Jesus way.

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Thesis for a New Reformation

The traditional Christian church with its traditional message and image is becoming increasingly irrelevant. It happened in Europe a long time ago, and is happening now in the US. More and more people who try to do good identify themselves as secular humanists rather than Christians. More and more Christians identify themselves as progressives for whom the traditional gospel story is meaningless. It really is time to rethink and reform how we understand both church and world.

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