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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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

1 -  we come from the earth, and to the earth we will return. a place, holy and dark, where divinity knits the web of life, queering beginnings and endings and beginnings. more of a sacred integration than a divine abduction, this is a gradual evolution, moving with respect for the way a life lingers. eventually and with time, destruction is made fodder for seeds. death, a nutrient for life. decay, a slow unfolding of future's potential. it's not without its complications - this claim of eternal composting - for one thing, it smells wretched. but it is honest. and we need more of that. and...

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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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Magnificat

Magnificat

A modern interpretation of Mary's Magnificat (Luke 1:47-55) from enfleshed: My soul is alive with thoughts of God. What a wonder, Their liberating works. Though the world has been harsh to me, God has shown me kindness, seen my worth, and called me to courage. Surely, those who come after me will call me blessed. Even when my heart weighs heavy with grief, still, so does hope abide with me. Holy is the One who makes it so. From generation to generation, Love’s Mercy is freely handed out; None are beyond the borders of God’s transforming compassion. The power of God is revealed among those...

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1 Corinthians 12:4-26 modern remix

1 Corinthians 12:4-26 modern remix

Though we bring different gifts, it is the same Spirit who makes them alive in us. There are so many ways to serve the vision of Love. None of us are without something to bring to the work of the common good. To one, the Spirit gives wisdom and to another, the strength to weep for all that is lost, to another, the belief that change is possible among us, to another, a soft presence that heals in the midst of destruction, to another, a spirit that inspires and compels, To another, the courage to name what is making us all ill, To another, discernment about what is good and what is evil, To...

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