Affirmation of Faith

It’s taken a long time, an affirmation — Jeremy McLeod, USA

Affirmation of faith It’s taken a long time, but I’ve come to trust that God’s Shalom is growing continually, upheld with justice and righteousness right here and right now when we let ourselves breathe into that presence within and around us. Fear and Grief triggered by the often brutal violence of our world need not […]

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Psalm 145, responsive reading — Duncan Wilson, UK

Reading for 9th Sunday after Pentecost, Year A; 22nd Sunday after Pentecost, Year C; Inspired by Psalm 145 part 2 (verses 14-21) You, our God, are gracious and compassionate, long suffering and ever faithful. You are good to all; your compassion rests upon all you have made. You keep faith and are consistent in all […]

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Stardust — Lorraine Steel, USA

Genesis 1 is often included in readings for the Easter vigil, Trinity Sunday and Epiphany. As the stars slid down the beams of the universe in it’s beginning, they burned with love…. so much so that some became vulnerable and exploded. Eons later, in free fall toward our planet many of their parts held us […]

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All one in Christ — United Church of Zambia

One:  All one All:  in Christ! One:  In Christ All:  all one! This responsive call-out (or shout-out!) arises during services in the United Church of Zambia.  It might be used as a call to worship, after celebrating a communion meal or after a prayer of reconciliation.

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You could have…, a prayer of thanks — Lawrence Moore, UK

You could have given up on the world, left us God-forsaken, abandoned to darkness and despair. You could have shut your ears to our groaning, your eyes to our bleeding, your heart to our tears. You could have left us to live with our choices, our death-dealing, our cries of ‘Crucify him!’ But you are […]

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Child of God — Steve Garnaas-Holmes, USA

I am a child of God, God’s beloved, in whom God is pleased. I dwell in the arms of God. You are a child of God, God’s beloved, in whom God is pleased. You dwell in the arms of God. We all are children of God, God’s beloved, in whom God is pleased. We all dwell in […]

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Litany of the Circle — Tom Hanson and Loretta Whalen (adapted)

One:    Every part of this earth is sacred, Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore. All:      Every mist in the dark woods, Every clearing and humming insect is holy. One:    The rocky crest, the juices of the meadow, the beasts and all the people, All:      All belong to the same family. One:    Teach your children […]

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God is not a she…not a he — Brian Wren

God is not a she, God is not a he, God is not an it or a maybe. God is a moving, loving, doing, knowing, growing mystery. From The Song of Three Children, libretto copyright © Brian Wren, 1986, copied from the article “Taking the Next Step in Inclusive Language” by Pamela Payne Allen which […]

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Who is God? — Eleanor Hubbard, USA

For Emalyn (a youth being mentored by Eleanor) I see God skiing in the snow-capped mountains. I see God suffering with the ragged guy begging for help. I see God sharing in the worship services at our church. I see God playing in graphic artistry. I see God enjoying diverse cultures: how they live, work, and […]

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Credo for Christians — Jim Burklo, USA

God is Love, the cosmic creativity present everywhere and in everything, Gently urging all toward the good. To transcending Love, we raise our awestruck praise! Jesus embodied the Love that is God. He loved the poor, the sick, the outcast, He loved the unpopular, and even his own enemies. He loved so completely, he loved […]

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