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Concerns and Prayers

We are a people who need you in your fullness
— as Creative Father, Redeeming Son, and Sustaining Spirit.
Our lives have complications and pain,
our world has war and despair.
But we were made in your image, and
your Spirit was breathed into us
that we might experience hope in your goodness.

 

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The Great Thanksgiving for World Communion Sunday

You created for yourself a world filled with diversity
and blessed by your breath of life.
Rainbow colors bloom in spring,
summer breezes bring garden delight,
and now as Autumn comes our way
we see the work of your paintbrush upon every face and tree.

 

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An Act of Sending before a Renewal Leave

This act of sending was developed in response to a request from a pastor whose lay leaders were seeking an appropriate way to send their pastor into renewal leave. Our prayers join this congregation’s prayers, and the prayers of congregations everywhere who offer the blessing of renewal leave to their pastors, deacons, or other staff.

 

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“Holy Wisdom”:  A Great Thanksgiving

Holy Wisdom is with us.
We praise you, Christ Crucified.
Holy Spirit breathes in us.
Spirit of Power, Spirit of Life!
Holy Source of All draws near.
In you alone we boast!

 

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Great Thanksgiving for Times of Natural Disaster

At the beginning of time,  
you brought order out of chaos  
and light out of darkness.
When your people suffered loss,  
you sent prophets to comfort them  
with your word of hope and healing. 

 

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A Service of Dedication for Covenant Discipleship Groups

As an act of response to the Word, the pastor invites members of Covenant Discipleship Groups
or other groups guided by the General Rule of Discipleship to gather around the font in their groups.
When all have arrived, the pastor addresses the congregation:

 

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A Service of Dedication of Pew Bibles

Holy God, we do not live by bread alone.Your word in the Holy Scriptures nourishes our spirits and guides us in loving you and our neighbor.We thank you for these Bibles and for the joy and strength that you give us in their use.  

 

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An Act of Sending into Short-Term Service

This ritual may be offered as a response to the Word or just prior to the Sending Forth of the entire congregation. 

 

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A Call to Worship for Troubling Times

The earth shakes, the mountains quake -- tempting our hearts to fear.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 

 

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Prayer for Peace with Our Neighbors

Teach us, O God, your ways.
Exchange our impulse to devour and destroy
For your impulse to turn swords into plowshares and pruning hooks.
Teach us how to love enemies, to do good to those who hate us.  

 

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Responding to World Events

Prayers, Litanies, Worship Services and other resources.

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Race Relations

Terrorism and Violence

US Storms

School Violence

Upcoming Special Occasions & Dates in the Liturgical Calendar

April 18, 2014
Good Friday


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Events Calendar

April 22, 2014
Pastors: Making a Good Move

Designed for pastors who are moving to a new appointment, this event will include ways to say good-bye in the current congregation and say hello to a new place and new people. Tips and advice from several sources for this change that impacts your well-being, your family and friends.

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm, Central Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Presenter: Betsey Heavner