A Litany for Veterans

Leader: We pause to remember those who go to war in our name.
Congregation: We give thanks for courage, for love of country, for those who work to bring peace to our world.

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We Pay Respect

1. With open hearts we come this Anzac Day
To pay respect, to ponder and to pray;
We would reflect upon the pers’nal cost
Paid by those grieving and by all “the Lost.”

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Nature’s Harsh Harmony

Contemplate all nature’s beauty
And embrace its darker side;
Life as sacrifice is ordered;
Sometimes life will be denied;
Celebrate with adoration
New growth after seeds have died.

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Wonder and Joy of Creation

On this beautiful harvest day
We celebrate the wonder and joy of creation
A beauty that brings sustenance, hope and healing to the human soul.

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God Seeds

Quoted from writings of Meister Eckhart

The seed of God is in us.
If you are an intelligent and hard-working farmer,
it will thrive and grow up into God,

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Written March 2, 1997

Take and eat: take and meet
This is my body: I am the bread
The bread of life, the bread of lives

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We eat with our friends, enjoying a meal
In fellowship sweet; it has great appeal;
The same was for Jesus; it was a strong sign
To demonstrate friendship — in bread and in wine.

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Prayer of the Farm Workers

Written by Cesar E. Chavez

Show me the suffering of the most miserable;
So I will know my people’s plight.
Free me to pray for others;
For you are present in every person.

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A Joyful Path, Year One, Lesson 1: The Nameless One, Who or What is God?

This lesson presents just a few ways to open discussion with children and help them explore both the concept of an infinite, omnipresent, impersonal God and also the concept of a deeply personal, divine presence. Neither can be completely understood by any form, expression, or outward experience.

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the world as she stands now

the world as she stands now
she was good at birth

her age
like cracks
in a foundation
spidering away
from crabgrass

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The Times We Live In

These can be favoured times when life has dignity,
When rule of law and human rights breed liberty;
If justice is pursued,
If truth is not subdued,
If we decide to live in peace and harmony.

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Song of Arising

Hearken, children, to the sound
A bird dives, screaming, to the ground
Rise out of the water!
Stand up from the water!
Children, children, rise!

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