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An Advent Hymn: new words for a familiar tune

December 7, 2017
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Advent words for Hark the Herald Angels Sing Listen to the angels sing News of coming joy they bring Hopes abandoned are restored In the ever-birthing Word

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Drawn through the Prophet’s Heart: An Advent Sermon

December 2, 2017
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The journey to God, Sufi Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee says, begins with “the homesickness of the heart, (you can find  Vaughn-Lee  speaking of Sufisim here https://goldensufi.org/a_interview_st.html Perhaps it begins like this pain in Isaiah’s heart,the pain that was in the heart of his people,He knew the people’s longing,their loneliness,the tiny piercing dart of emptiness,the pinpoint of absence…

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Autumn

September 29, 2017
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Holy One, May we come to this momentas though we were a gardenand You the softening rain

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Resurrection Riff

April 16, 2017
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Resurrection –  say it softly, as one must after the softening notes go wherever notes go when they no longer sound. The day has gone by for me carrying the Word and the cello’s intensity Resurrection It doesn’t come from nothing It has a past.

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Holy Wednesday

April 12, 2017
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Wednesday of Holy Week seems one of the days orphaned from its ritual parents. Swung soundlessly between  the arms of Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday it feels unmarked in my community. I understand the text of Jesus’ anointing with spikenard is often associated with this day in the liturgy and the negotiations of Judas Iscariot with…

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Ash Wednesday Worship

February 3, 2017
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  Ash Wednesday    [This is a quiet, spare worship. For those who are moving from a Mardi Gras gathering into the quiet of this worship I would suggest that any carnival music used be gradually silenced or that one by one each instrument fade away til only one is left playing.   A preamble…

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Epiphany Invocation

January 7, 2017
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 O shimmering O dayspring O light on the snow

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Be Still as a Small, Warm Stone

December 24, 2016
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Two days ago a  woven box appeared on my table.  It was a mystery, delivered by someone unknown.  From it this small, round stone appeared.  The stone came wrapped in red, for Christmas, and also for warmth; a small, warm stone.  All through Advent I have come to prayer disposing myself to be still as…

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Longest Night ~ Tears and Blessing

December 18, 2016
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    Sometimes we are gathering words for a worship we will lead; sometimes we need words that are just for us. I offer these hoping that there may be a quiet word somewhere in their midst that is just for you.         Call to Worship Come ~ to the One who…

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A Circle of Folded Stories

December 10, 2016
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In this year of Sabbath and in this time of Advent, I am so grateful for space in which to give attention to stories, their folding and unfolding.  I was recalled to this, as I am over and over, by time spent last week with a congregation looking to learn more about Governance as Spiritual…

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A Thousand Hosts

November 8, 2016
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Today steadfastly we tie bright ribbons to our hearts so hope can find a way. We scatter folded cranes of peace each crease hard won. We are not heedless of the tremors of the world, not unafraid. not free of anger But we are a thousand, thousand hosts; compassion on the lintel The neighbour may…

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Seeing Saints

October 28, 2016
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  Luke 19:1-10 This day near the threshold of All Saints, I invite you into this morning’s story looking for saints. I invite you to enter holding in mind the Godly Play question: “I wonder what part of the story is about you?” I invite you to “immerse yourself in the story and identify with…

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