The Garden of Grace

If the shadow
is not seen
when the light
is shining
half of what is shown
goes missing.

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The African American Church

The worshipers welcomed the stranger.
Then hatred wearing a racist robe
tore through the house of God.

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Time – A Path of Endless Change

To ponder our future development and a human evolution
Gives us pause to envision a needed “saving Earth” solution

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Worship Materials: Thankfulness and Rejoicing

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

The unthankful get the misery which they have brought upon themselves
Nothing liberates the human mind as much as a thankful spirit.

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Haiku for Progressive Christianity

by Jenelle Dove

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

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Worship Materials: Compassion

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

1. Imagination is the midwife of compassion.
2. Compassion belongs more to the gut than to the heart or the head.
3. Compassion is sharing the passion of the other as well as walking in their shoes.

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Worship Materials: Sexuality, Sensuousness and Gender Equality

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

Our senses and our use of them are part of God’s creation.
To attempt to deny our senses is as much an insult to God as is the misuse of them.

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Poem to Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene, did you defer to Jesus?
Did you say, “Yes, my Lord, whatever You want, whatever You say?”
Did you pay close attention to him, closer than to your own self
to sense what he needed and wanted, his hunger and thirst?

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Worship Materials: Moving Beyond the Victim Mentality

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

THEME Healthy and Unhealthy Use of Power
The superior/inferior relationship which produces the victim mentality does violence to both parties.

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Worship Materials: Pentecost

From the Festive Worship collection

THEME The Festival of Empowerment
THOUGHTS FOR REFLECTION
1. The fire from above like the image of the halo or aura is an outward manifestation that springs from the strangely warmed heart, the heart that has experienced Christ’s liberation.

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Worship Materials: Peace of Mind and Prayer

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

1. Peace of mind does not come through struggling to stop thinking, but through focusing the mind on some particular thought or object, and especially on the rhythm of our breathing.
2. Prayer is not as much a particular activity as a frame of mind.

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Worship Materials: Pilgrimage

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

THOUGHTS FOR REFLECTION
1. Evolution is a law of life not just of biology.
2. Only the mystery is permanent. All other apparent permanence is illusion.

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Worship Materials: Justice and Peace

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

THEME Dreams and Harsh Reality

THOUGHTS FOR REFLECTION
For the rich poverty is obscene. For the poor wealth is obscene. For God both are obscene.

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A Godly Reflection

As I glance in the mirror, there’s a reflection I see
I stare forward towards the image, it’s actually me!

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No Matter

No matter the absence of stars
that leaves the night in darkness;
no matter the empty bowls
when the children are not fed;
no matter criminal words
are spoken without recrimination;

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Easter Virtue

Yes, we all will one day die; but not even death can bury the love and peace we have shared. Our acts of kindness, strivings for justice, and practices of compassion are the eternal verities that give our life meaning and purpose, and will put our death in the context of a life that cannot be denied.

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For The Beauty Of The Earth

originally by Folliott S. Pierpoint

For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies
For the love which from our birth over and around us lies
Lord of all to you we raise this our hymn of grateful praise

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Worship Materials: Ecology, Caring for the Earth

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

1. The earth may be our mother but we can be her mid¬wife or her funeral director.
2. Nature is a web of interdependency not a series of separate hierarchical layers.

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