Pentecost Communion Liturgy

One: In the beginning, Gracious One, your Spirit moved across the waters and from the deep you called forth life. Waters gushed, mountains rose, flowers bloomed and creatures large and small began to creep and crawl across the vast surface of the earth. But you were not finished yet. Many: You called forth one more creature, molded and formed in your own image. Looking with adoring eyes upon this new creation, you breathed life into us and declared that we were good. One: In the fullness of time, you sent yet another New Creation, one named Jesus, whom you called to heal the brokenhearted, preach deliverance to the captives, recover sight for the blind and proclaim the Good News of God’s love to all of humanity. Many:  On that last night at table, Jesus shared with friends a sign and symbol of God’s enduring love for them in bread and cup … a symbol that not even death could vanquish. One: On that night, Jesus took the bread and blessed it, giving thanks to you O God, and broke it, saying this is my body that is for you.  All: Take and eat and know that you are not alone. One: After they had eaten, Jesus took the cup and blessed it, saying this is the cup of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many. All: Take and drink and know that you are God’s beloved. One: Let us join together as the priesthood of all believers in blessing these gifts, praying: All: […]

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Liturgy of Farewell

Below is a participatory Liturgy of Farewell, based largely on one provided by the United Church of Christ (To view, click here).  I have not been able to access other liturgies of this sort, so if you have any, I invite you to share them with me at revjperkett@gmail.com. Liturgy of Farewell One: Our church family is constantly changing. People come and go. Babies are born. Children grow up. People commit themselves to one another. Loved ones and friends among us come to the end of their lives. Individuals move into our community and church life. Others leave us, moving away to new places, new experiences, and new opportunities.  It is important and right that we recognize these times of passage, of endings and beginnings. Today we share the time of farewell with a friend/friends who is/are leaving. One: To mark the occasion, I will pass out markers and slips of paper for each of you to write a blessing that the friend/friends can take with them on the journey.  You may want to share words of gratitude, love and/or well-wishes that they can read and soak in when they arrive in location. When done, I invite you to come forward and place your blessing in the basket. After congregation completes task, invite the family forward, briefly summarize their journey here at the church and present them with the box. End with prayer found below. All: God, whose everlasting love for all is trustworthy, help each […]

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All Saints Litany

One:   God of Grace and Passion, we praise you for your great love known through the faithful witness of your beloved children. Open our hearts to their spirits that we might draw strength and courage from your mighty works in them. Many: Gracious God, join us with our kindred in love. One:    How wonderful are your ways, O God; how thrilling the wonders of your creation, for you have endowed your saints with gifts of your grace: love, to lavish on one other; courage, to embody your dream of justice; hope, to envision a better world. Many: Pour out your Spirit upon us, Holy One, and strengthen us with these gifts. One:    Loving God, we honor the great ancestors of our faith, from Abraham and Sarah to Paul and Phoebe.  We remember prophets and priests, ministers and teachers who taught us the Way. Hymn                           “For All the Saints Who’ve Shown their Love”                            Verse 1 Many: We remember deceased friends and family members; we remember loved ones and significant others who have gone before us in our lifetime.  One:    We lift up to you, O God, the names of those who have died yet remain with us in the communion of all saints. (congregation lifts up the names of saints past) One:    […]

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A Maundy Thursday Sermon: Beautiful are the Feet

I heard a text from Paul’s letter to the Romans this week that reads: Beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News. As a hiker, this passage strikes me as ironic.  After all, hikers’ are not exactly known for their beautiful feet.  Rather they are known for their bruises, callouses and ever-forming blisters. “Beautiful are the feet.” Part of me just wants to say to Paul, who wrote those words, reaaaaaaaally?  Have you actually taken the time to look at the human foot? Are you sure that you would to call it beautiful? What does Paul mean when he says “Beautiful are the feet”? As I pondered this question, I came across a story about Mother Theresa’s feet.  Shane Claiborne, a well-known young adult and Jesus follower, had the privilege of serving with Mother Theresa one summer and he said that one of the first things he noticed about her were her feet.  They were deformed.  Shane would stare at them each morning … he wondered if she had contracted leprosy but he wasn’t about to ask, “Hey Mother, what’s wrong with your feet?” One day a sister comes over and says to him, “Have you noticed her feet?”  He nodded, curious.  The sister said, “Her feet are deformed because we get just enough donated shoes for everyone, and Mother does not want anyone to get stuck with the worst pair, so she digs through and finds them […]

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