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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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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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