About the Author: Polly Moore

Dr. Polly Moore has been chosen by TCPC to be the part-time Director of the Liturgy Project. Polly has remarkable credentials for the task. She has a PhD in mathematics, was the vice president of Genentech Inc, a major biotech firm, and is a recent MDiv graduate of Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. She is a candidate for ordination in the United Church of Christ. A gifted musician, she helps create unique liturgies in her church, College Heights UCC in San Mateo, CA.
  • Written by Matt Carriker

    By Published On: April 3, 2016

    On the surface, it seems that death is triumphant. It appears as though those who conspired to do evil have won.

  • Written by William Channing Gannett

    By Published On: March 19, 2016

    Bring, O morn, thy music! Night, thy starlit silence! Oceans, laugh in rapture to the storm-winds coursing free! Suns and planets chorus, praise to all found holy. ­ Life was, and is, and evermore shall be.

  • Written by Rev. Irene Laudeman

    By Published On: March 6, 2016

    This service is appropriate for a small congregation of 20-60 people. The service is conducted in two settings:

  • Hymn lyrics by Rev. Jim Gertmenian

    By Published On: February 12, 2016

    In the brilliant sunshine, in the city street, Hear the bright hosannas, hear the marching feet;

  • Written by Kris Minister

    By Published On: February 5, 2016

    God is a verb Living within you and me Fleshing our flesh Rejoicing our joy Crying our sorrow And empowering us to swim upstream.

  • Written by Buckminster Fuller

    By Published On: February 5, 2016

    I see God in the instruments and the mechanisms that work reliably, more reliably than the limited sensory departments of the human mechanism.

  • Written by Matt Carriker

    By Published On: January 30, 2016

    Spiritual growth always happens most when we cross borders, in whatever form those borders take. God did not create borders. Humans did.

  • A new prayer for Hanukkah by Rabbi Brant Rosen

    By Published On: December 12, 2015

    We light these lights for the instigators and the refusers the obstinate and unyielding for the ones who kept marching

  • By Published On: September 26, 2015

    Links to collections of worship liturgies on the theme of care of the Earth

  • From the Seekers Church, Washington D.C.

    By Published On: September 20, 2015

    Leader: Holy God of surprises, we hear you call us to a new way of being.

  • By Published On: August 22, 2015

    The SALT Project is a not-for-profit project committed to creating beautiful and theologically interesting church media!

  • Adapted from an Anglican litany

    By Published On: June 29, 2015

    For the darkness of waiting Of not knowing what is to come Of staying ready and quiet and attentive, We praise you, o God.

  • by Rick Cypert and Jean Henderson

    By Published On: June 27, 2015

    Bound within by my own mind, And a day not left behind. Circling round the memory stays, Echoing through all my days.

  • by Jenelle Dove

    By Published On: June 13, 2015

    Love, care, lend, do good; Only with our closest friends As they will for us.

  • Written by Wayne Fraser

    By Published On: January 28, 2015

    God’s Love
 Priest: Dear friends, God is love. We love because God first loved us and in baptism we respond to that love.

  • A poem by Denise Levertov

    By Published On: January 23, 2015

    One of Marcus Borg’s favorite examples of how poetry enriches liturgy:

  • Hymn words by Shirley Erena Murray

    By Published On: January 17, 2015

    Now the star of Christmas shines into our day, points a new direction: change is on the way –

  • A poem by Madeleine L'Engle

    By Published On: December 27, 2014

    This is no time for a child to be born, With the earth betrayed by war & hate And a comet slashing the sky to warn That time runs out & the sun burns late.

  • by Ashley Goff and Rob Passow

    By Published On: December 18, 2014

    The Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the calendar year. This liturgy invites participants into a time of rest and reflection that counters the frenetic pace of the secular Christmas season.

  • A poem by Madeleine L'Engle

    By Published On: December 6, 2014

    There is also a legend that Mary was not the first young woman to whom the angel came. But she was the first one to say yes. And how unsurprising it would be for a fourteen-year-old girl to refuse the angel. To be disbelieving. Or to say:

  • Reflections by Michael Hollingshead

    By Published On: December 6, 2014

    I could feel the warm afternoon wind blowing a few moments before; right through the window where I was standing, stacking some bowls. A moment later it blew again, only this time it was cool and refreshing, and even smelled sweet like hyssop, or juniper, or jasmine.

  • Two poems by William Blake, published in 1789

    By Published On: October 25, 2014

    A little black thing among the snow, Crying " 'weep! 'weep!" in notes of woe! "Where are thy father and mother? say?"— "They are both gone up to the church to pray.

  • Written by Rob Stoner, August 2009

    By Published On: September 10, 2014

    I recently conducted the funeral for my father, who died after a long episode of declining health. It was a joy and a privilege to work with my family in preparing this service. But many of our family are not avowedly Christian so I wanted to respect their spiritual traditions as well as be faithful to my own. I also wanted the theology to reflect my own liberal/progressive Christian understanding.

  • By Published On: July 15, 2014

    A "meditation card" by artist Jim Garrison