The Dragon King

The Dragon King is an overcoming all obstacles children’s hero story inspired by the real life circumstances of a boy named Ethan who was severely burned in 2006. It’s a story about magic–and dragon fire, a razor sharp horn, a battle in the sky, green scales and dragon tears. But more than that, it is a remarkable journey of courage, compassion and the power of imagination to forge one’s own destiny.

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Worship Materials: The Year

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

Each day can be a life time.
Time is the enemy only if we let it control our lives.
Time is redeemed by timeless moments.

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Way Back When: Christmas Oranges – Christmas Eve Sermon

While we’re busy explaining that the birth stories about Jesus of Nazareth are really parables and not history, and others are trying to prove or disprove the details of the nativity myths, the Christ in our Mass is all but forgotten. While so people continue to bandy the word Christ around as if it were Jesus’ last name, far too many of us have forgotten what the church has been teaching for centuries.

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Searching for the Christmas Spirit

Searching for the Christmas spirit –
Is it heard when angels sing?
Is it found in deeds of merit?
Is it heard when church bells ring?
Come and treasure Jesus’ memory;
All the beauty it can bring.

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Footfall

Sometimes the footfall seems incessant,
a challenge to our selfish greed,
how can we clothe and house such numbers,
our fears well up and veils their need.

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Oh Light | Gungor feat. All Sons & Daughters [OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO]

Michael and Lisa Gungor are curators of the Grammy-nominated musical collective simply known as Gungor. The duo uses their skills as accomplished song writers and multi-instrumentalists to tell honest and forthright stories – some personal and some allegorical. Together they’ve tapped their considerable musical reserves to blur genres and break expectations creating a unique magnetic expression.

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Worship Materials: Birth

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

THOUGHTS FOR REFLECTION
1. Birth is a miracle but not magic.
2. To relive our birth is a challenging, awesome and therapeutic experience.
3. With such complex origins how could I possibly imagine that I am simply an ordinary person.

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Miracles of Human Birthing

Miracles of human birthing –
We but stand in silent awe.
God in each and every earthling
Gives to life its sacred core.
Come and ponder all the mystery of new life that we adore

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A Guide to Worship at College Heights Church

Written January 2002

Worship is a ‘receipt’ given to God in return for the divine gifts of life which we receive…. It is an artful response to our awe and wonderment at the miracle of creation which surrounds us…..

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Worship Materials: Other Worship Resources

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

Ceremonies are points of cohesion beyond the boundaries of reason, a journey into the shadowy mystical world of the human spirit where truth reaches beyond the logical and the literal, yet they must not violate our rational intelligence or our world view.

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Worship Materials: Trinity

From the Festive Worship collection

THEME The many and the one – Images of the imageless God.

THOUGHTS FOR REFLECTION
1. Do not let the Christian doctrine of the Trinity alienate you from the oneness of God; for God is both the many and the one.

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Earth Transformed with Music!

Music has great power to touch the heart and change the world. Words we sing in worship shape our beliefs and actions. The inclusive songs in this collection will contribute to social justice, peace, equality, and expansive spiritual experience.

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Worship Materials: The Cycle of the Year

From the Seasoned Celebration collection

1. The seasons of the human heart reflect the seasons of nature.
2. For most things there is a right time but for some things such as manipulation, oppression and injustice there is never a right time.

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“HUMAN” Extended Movie Version VOL. 1

What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight? That we laugh? Cry? Our curiosity? The quest for discovery?
  Driven by these questions, filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Working with a dedicated team of translators, journalists and cameramen, Yann captures deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all; struggles with poverty, war, homophobia, and the future of our planet mixed with moments of love and happiness.

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New Topic Section- Film Reviews

Jesus’ use of parable was the most effective medium available to him. Similarly, is the way good film functions for viewers today who are willing to engage tales that transport us and invite us to re-imagine the …

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Ecumenism

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

Until we discern the riches of the other tradition, any union will simply be a matter of absorption.
Uniting two traditions can create a space where a third and more life- giving form of spirituality can emerge.

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Remembrance/Peace Sunday

From the Festive Worship collection

THEME Peace with the past – peace with the present

THOUGHTS FOR REFLECTION

If we are unwilling to learn from history, we commit ourselves to reliving the mistakes of our ancestors.

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Water | Pt. 1 | Mariel Madrid – Video

A creative dance embodying our need to protect our rivers and our earth. This would be lovely to show during a community gathering.

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