Earth Day Service

Contributed by Jeanyne Slettom This liturgy was written to reflect a process-relational theology. Opening Words  This is the world the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. This is the world the Lord is still making; let us participate—humbly, and with care—in its making. *Hymn  “This Is God’s Wondrous World” or “Praise…

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Lenten Theme: An Economy of Trust

Contributed by Jeanyne B Sletton & Rick Marshall Our theme for this Lenten season is “An Economy of Trust.” On a corporate level, we know what an economy of fear and greed looks like. On a personal level, we know what an economy of consumerism and gratification looks like. What happens when we focus on an…

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Season of Lent

Contributed by Jeanyne Slettom Easter Benedictions/Commissioning & Blessing Lent 1 In this season of Lent, take time, when you can, to be still. Ponder the one who gave his life to bring forth the kingdom of God.   We will honor Christ by believing in God’s vision for creation;   We will be like good soil,…

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Lenten Candle Liturgy

Contributed by Jeanyne Slettom This liturgy was written to reflect a process-relational theology. [Note: The correct number of candles will need to be displayed in preparation for their gradual extinguishing over the period of Lent. This year, if the Service of Ashes is included, as well as Good Friday and all Sundays in Lent, then eight…

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Ash Wednesday

Contributed by Jeanyne Slettom A Service of Ashes Preparation note: The correct number of candles will need to be displayed in preparation for their gradual extinguishing over the period of Lent. This year, if the Service of Ashes is included, as well as Good Friday and all Sundays in Lent, then eight candles will be required.…

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A Ceremony of Lessons and Carols

Contributed by Jeanyne Slettom This service of lessons and carols is based on the traditional set of readings with some changes. It retains lessons 3-9, but shifts the message of lessons 1 and 2 away from original sin toward original blessing. The first reading is God’s creation and blessing of humankind; the second is God’s covenant…

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Advent Candle Liturgy

Contributed by Jeanyne Slettom This liturgy, which includes candle lighting and benediction/commission and blessing, was written to reflect a process-relational theology. FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT Candle liturgy One: The Gospel of John speaks of Christ as the true light coming into the world. In commemoration of that coming, we light candles for the four weeks leading…

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Hanging of the Greens: First Sunday of Advent

Contributed by Slettom Jeanyne adaptation by Jeanyne Slettom Hanging of the Greens: First Sunday of Advent The Hanging of the Greens is a service for the first Sunday in Advent. It is based on the English tradtion of decorating the home with wreaths, garlands, a Christmas tree, and evergreens for Advent and Christmas. In a church…

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A Brief Communion Service

By Jeanyne Slettom Jesus said: I am the bread of life. All who come to me shall not hunger, and all who believe in me shall not thirst. With Christians around the world and throughout the centuries, we gather around these symbols of bread and wine—simple elements that speak of nourishment and transformation. Let us pray.…

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Pastoral Prayer for the Gulf Oil Spill

By Jeanyne Slettom “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). Loving God, We seek clarity in all the dimensions of our lives–our relationships, our work, our leisure. Like Jesus, who set his face toward Jerusalem in the certainty that, in so doing,…

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