Psalm 4 – remix

This piece was originally published on the UCC Worship Ways website. God, The Advocate - Make thy true self known! How long will your name be used to prop up those in power? As they lash out in insecure anguish, feeling their thrones cracking, crumbling, decaying, with scripture they suppress! Through these words of kings past, they hear their own pain, rebuking those who protest their rule. Individualizing struggles, fearing collective power, they encourage us to pray through our problems - alone and in silence. Too many of them say: “Oh that things might never change! May God protect the...

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LGBTQ related

LGBTQ related

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.) Matthew 10:34-39, in particular the concept of having to lose your life to live it - a...

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Miscellaneous prayers, litanies, and blessings

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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On power and forgiveness

On power and forgiveness

Forgiveness can be a holy, righteous, healing thing. But so many dominant theologies have mucked it up for us. Gotten in our heads and our hearts and turned it into something that hurts. A weapon that upholds power in families. In communities. In culture and government. The forgiveness-talk that many of us have inherited says there’s no such thing as structural power. That it does not threaten nor silence. That it does not weave everything intimate and personal into a larger story of us. That it does not play-out over and over again through patterns and practices predictable. At that table...

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On choosing abortion

On choosing abortion

God is not a judge who sits at a distance shaking “His” finger at us about divine rules and regulations. God is within. Like a whisper. Like a question. Like a knowing and a rising. God lures us towards each other. Towards collective flourishing. Towards power growing from the margins. Towards our roots deep in the earth. God pulls us in every direction that serves love and life. Sometimes that direction is abortion. When a woman or a trans man or a nonbinary person with a uterus becomes pregnant and must decide how best to foster life: Their own, and that of their family, and that of this...

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