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Spirit: The Seed of the Soul; Some Imaginative Ruminations

If we all have a soul, and that soul contains the image of God or God’s virtues and values, then our individual deaths are not the end of what is most important about us. It is shared by all.

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The Creatures We Love

A new hymn by Amanda Udis-Kessler for The Blessing of The Animals Services

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Blessing of Smart Phones

  Not long ago, I “mused” about my new friend at USC, Shane Cole – whom I refer to affectionately as a “digital Mennonite”.  He’s founding a student club he is calling “Digital Detox” – to promote a radically …

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Ashes to Ashes, Dawn to Dawn

For all of you grieving the loss of someone you love — whether this loss occurred last week, last year, or decades ago — I hope you find some comfort in these words, too. I hope you have the courage to tell the truth about your loved one: the good, the bad, and the complex. And that you don’t break faith with the full spectrum of your feeling, from mourning to dancing.

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Come then, fellow travellers – an Eco-Hymn

Listen below to the Eco-Hymn “Come then, fellow travellers” set to the tune of “Onward, Christian soldiers”.

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“Only Now” and “Our Earth Needs You” – Two Eco-Hymns

To the tune of Robbie Burns’ famous song ‘My love is like a red red rose’, ‘ONLY NOW is an example of eco-lyrics set to famous, beautiful old tunes. Eco-lyrics by Gaia Dance.

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Love Language for progressive church worship

These three words sum up progressive Christian theology. They represent a turning point in the evolution of human understanding of Ultimate Reality.  The Bible starts with Superman-In-The-Sky and ends with agape – unconditional love – as the identity of the Divine.

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A Communion Liturgy for Pentecost Sunday

Written by John van de Laar © Sacredise Publishing (Sacredise.com)

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Hymn “O God, Who Does Love Me”

Tune: Gordon 11 11.11 11

O God, who does love me / And brought me to birth
With me through my childhood / You welcomed my mirth
I still can remember / When to you I would pray
You promised to love me / To never skip a day

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A Prayer for the Day of Crucifixion

O God, let us take in the moment of this day of crucifixion, not remembering it in the context of what came after it, but how it left Jesus’ disciples and followers in tragic sadness and heart-wrenched disillusionment.

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God Is Within

The following church service was conducted by George Stuart at Toronto New South Wales in Australia March 2021.

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Love Had a Dream

An Easter Journey

A progressive Christian encounter with the Easter story that situates it within the longer story of sacred love and within our lives today.

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Two Processions by Amanda Udis-Kessler

A solemn Palm Sunday hymn based on the book The Last Week by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan

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Psalms For Now

PSALMS – interpreted by Jim Burklo. Use freely with attribution

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An Advent Hymn and A Christmas Hymn

Do all the good you can by all the means you can
In all the ways you can in all the places you can
At all the times you can to all the people you can
As long as ever you can (John Wesley)

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During Plague, Enduring “New Songs” Created by Philipp Nicolai

Preeminent German hymn writer Philipp Nicolai was a Lutheran pastor whose small town, Unna, was devastated by the plague during the winter of 1597-8 with over 1300 deaths.  He officiated at many funerals, as many as 30 a day.

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Plugged into Community, We Launch Justice

Dina Datsko de Sánchez wrote this new poem for the re-imagined Homecoming Sunday at First Congregational Church, Long Beach.

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LGBTQ+ Hymns

Amanda Udis-Kessler shares LBGTQ+ hymns along with the sheet music – just click on the title of the hymn to open the PDF Sheet Music.

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