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King David

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

King David was a man of fire
Who sang and danced for God.
The raptures of his heart’s desire
Were sacred gifts from God.

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Abraham Had Stirring Dreams

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

Abraham had stirring dreams
That called for emigration.
Steadfast faith sustained his search
Despite its worst privation.

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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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As Wind that Dances

From the Boundless Life collection

As wind that dances lightly round the clouds,
As sighs that come from loving’s warm caress,
As rising air that lofts the soaring bird
God’s Spirit can empower what we express.

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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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Being a Martin Luther King, Jr. Kind of Christian (Matthew 4:12-23)

The one thing that almost all theologians, biblical scholars, and historians agree on when it comes to Jesus is that the kingdom of God was foundational to his mission and ministry. It is front and center, it is at the heart and core of his life and work.

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Food for Thought: February 2 – The Presentation of the Lord

In the midst of the liturgical progression from Epiphany to Lent, tradition calls the church back to the mundane details of Jesus’ infancy. Luke’s Chapter 2 fills in the story from birth to circumcision to presentation as the first-born son to the coming-of-age of a gifted religious leader anointed by God. In The First Christmas (HarperOne, 2007), Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan suggest that Luke’s purpose was to set up the birth of the Jewish Messiah as a counter to the birth of the Roman Caesar – also hailed as the “Savior, Redeemer, Son of God.” The scene in the temple in Jerusalem confirms the child Jesus as the expected one who would redeem Israel from bondage to imperial injustice and oppression.

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Within Our Life We Have Two Homes

Within our life we have two homes,
Known in our minds, and in our bones.
To one who often will return.
For one our spirits ever yearn.
For one our spirits ever yearn.

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Topics: Aging, Arts and Music, and Worship & Liturgy. Resource Types: Audio MP3 and Hymns.

The Time Piece

An hourglass stands firmly on the mantle of a fireplace
“Sands of time” are resting quietly at the glass bottom

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Topics: Aging, Fiction and Poetry, and Worship & Liturgy. Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.

One Breath

One breath; one breath at time,
a breath-on-breath is all we get:
and you cannot take it with you

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Topics: Aging, New Thought/New Age, and Worship & Liturgy. Resource Types: Readings.
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