Spanish Translations

Spanish Translations

When it’s time to leave Cuando llegó el momento de partir Para las personas individuales Me atrae la justicia Me llama la verdad Busco ir a donde el Espíritu me lleve. Cuando aparece la duda, me aferro a estas verdades He escudriñado mi corazón He escuchado las exigencias del amor. La sabiduría ha revelado que es el momento de partir. Ya no puedo quedarme más. Sé que irse puede ser algo sagrado. Como un éxodo. O una nueva semilla plantada. Hay esperanza en vivir mi convicción Una liberación al dejar ir. Reconozco, también, el dolor presente. Lo que una vez fue un lugar de pertenencia, ahora,...

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Blessing for the Cosmic Whole

Blessing for the Cosmic Whole

May you, in some altered state of sleeplessness or psychedelics or come-to-the-edge coming apart, access a cosmic view of the whole: span of sapiens, a sweep of your broom on the back stoop. Empires rising and falling like breath and your life: a flash of sunlight reflected in a hummingbird's ruby throat. A cicada grows for seventeen years underground so it can sing for two days. The Appalachians were as tall as the Alps before they softened into bosoms. This singular morning, raspberries melt magenta in your oatmeal, honeysuckle hooks to the chain link fence, and you, stubbornly refuse to...

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When it’s time to leave

When it’s time to leave

For individuals: Justice entices me. Truth calls for me. I strive to follow where the Spirit leads. When doubt arises, I hold onto these truths.   I have searched my heart in discernment. I have listened for love’s demands. Wisdom has revealed it is a time for parting. No longer can I stay.   I know leaving can be a holy thing. Like an exodus. Or a new seed planted. There is hope in living out my conviction. A release in letting go.   I acknowledge, too, the sorrow present. What was once a place of belonging, now, a home no-longer mine. I feel the loss. I remember the gifts I received. I...

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LGBTQ related

LGBTQ related

Attribution for liturgies on this page may be written as: Rev. M Barclay, enfleshed Complete Orders of Worship (commissioned by Affirm United & Affirming Connections in Canada) Order of Worship 1 Order of Worship 2 Sermon texts Jonah 1 - Jonah is afraid of the calling God has placed on his life. He does everything he can to avoid it. His attempt to choose safety actually leads to just the opposite - both for him and those around him. When he finally comes around, his message is actually received…(we can never be sure our message or our true self will be received, but sometimes it is.)...

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More miscellaneous prayers, litanies, and blessings

More miscellaneous prayers, litanies, and blessings

The One who raises the sun each morning and lifts high the moon at night, ushers us too, through cycles of rising, falling, and rising again. Though we stumble, God lifts us. Though we doubt, God remains. Though we get weary, God revives. God is an invitation. A lure. A chance to do things differently. Always before us, God is the possibility of collective change. Though everyday ordinary patterns of living disguise evil and cover over sins of power, God makes known what is hidden, calls us to courage,makes us capable of radical solidarity. We are not left powerless. Every day there are...

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Blessing for a New Year

Blessing for a New Year

In threshold places, where endings meet beginnings, e listen backwards as we move forward. What can we learn from the year past - from how evil played its cards, or from relationships gained and lost? What brought you deep delight, when everything was swirling? To whom were you able to turn to and who challenged you to grow? Individually and collectively, none of us are the same. For some of these changes we weep and for others we rejoice but from each we carry something forward - a feeling, a lesson, a memory, a challenge, a call to solidarity... Collectively, we acknowledge a closing and...

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