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The "Open Carry" of Moderate White Supremacy

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I was recently in Pioneer Park in Downtown Dallas.



"Dallas Pioneer Park Cemetery is the final resting place of six Dallas Mayors, three War of 1812 Veterans, nine heroes of the Texas Revolution, twenty-nine (one Union & twenty-eight Confederate) Civil War Veterans, fourteen Peters Colonists, five members of the La Reunion French Colony, four Colonels of the Confederacy, two County Judges, two District Judges, two notable historical women, one State Senator, one Lieutenant Governor & numerous other city & county officials of the earliest governments of Dallas County, including early doctors, lawyers, clergymen, merchants, fallen law enforcement officers & firemen, engineers, business leaders, mothers & children. The epitaphs & artwork of the monuments honoring loved ones long gone meant something to those left behind. The markers that have withstood the years, elements & vandals remain as a tangible link to Dallas' past.” (http://freepages.history.r…

Call to Worship: Traveling (Luke 10:1-11, 16-20)

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My congregation will soon embark on a new worship series inspired by the work of the inimitable Dr. Marcia McFee, who provides excellent resources on worship at www.worshipdesignstudio.com. The worship series is called "The Outsider," and explores the many types of people on the margins that Jesus encounters (or inspires people to become) in the Gospel of Luke. I look forward to sharing further creative ideas I come across as we dream this worship series into life. On our first Sunday, we will journey with "the traveler" as we explore Jesus' sending of the Disciples in groups of two and our churches' responsibility to be havens to all kinds of travelers.. What follows is our call to worship.

Peace to this house!
May we bring peace with us wherever we go.

When the journey has been long,
may we bring peace with us wherever we go.

When our burdens weigh us down,
may we bring peace with us wherever we go.

When the long paths we have taken leave scars,
may we bring …

Call to Worship - A Look at Sin

In the beginning, God loved us into life;
and God said, "This is good!"
In our story, we repeatedly stumble; and God says, "I am with you always."
In our society, we learn how to hate one another and ourselves; and God says, "I am love, whoever does not love does not know me."
For all have sin, and fall short of the glory of God; and God says, "Fear not, I am with you now and forevermore."
Glory to God, source of all love. Redeemer of all creation. Sustainer of all life. Amen.

Call to Worship - Trinity Sunday: "In the name of the Lover, Beloved and Love itself"

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Creating, Saving, Dancing God of Three,
We give thanks to you, divine Trinity. 

Almighty Father, Mother, Parent;
humble Savior, holy Servant, Lord of love;
and moving, breathing, igniting Holy Spirit; unite us as you are united:
as a community so intertwined with itself in love and hope,
that no difference can be made between its persons.

Let the movement of our community be love. 
Let the actions of our community be love. 
Let the presence of our community be love. 

Words and ideas cannot contain you.
We worship You, our relational, diverse God.
In the name of the Lover, Beloved, and Love itself,

Amen.




A Responsive Prayer - For such a time as April 29, 2017

God of grace and abundant mercy, you have made us in your beautiful image. You declared us to be  “good.” You love us with unfathomable intensity. We lift up our laments and shame when we fail to be mirrors of that love to our neighbor. We express our remorse when refuse to see each other as fellow beloved siblings made in your image. We grieve that we, so often, are unable to move past our addiction for conflict into reconciliation with those who are different from us in ideology, race, or any other characteristic that we use as building blocks for the walls we create between one another.
Forgive us, Lord, for our sin. We pray that you will guide us into fruitful living and joyful relationship with our neighbors.
God of enduring love, you have provided us with abundant blessing. You caused manna to fall from the sky in the desert, and sweet water to rush forth from the rock at Meribah. Your abundance surrounds us and should remind us of the urgent task we have of being stewards of y…

Call to Worship: Luke 24 - Walk to Emmaus

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Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed, Alleluia! 

Christ walks alongside us on our journey.
We often do not recognize his presence. 

And yet, do our hearts not burn within us?
Our hearts burn when we hear the hope of the gospel. 

And yet, do our hearts not burn within us?
Our hearts burn when we experience the grace of God. 

And yet, do our hearts not burn within us?
Our hearts burn when we bear witness to suffering.

We should all have burning hearts:
to be beacons of light in the darkness;
to be messengers of the good news;
to be prophets who speak out courageously against the spiritual forces of wickedness; 
to be healers who bring the warmth of compassion and love. 
May it be so for the greater glory of God!


Inviting in God's Presence - An Act of Worship

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ACT OF WORSHIP*

Meditation – “Be Still and Know”
"Be Still and Know" John Bell (Psalm 46) (c) 1989 WGRG The Iona Community (Scotland), admin. by GIA publciations, Inc.

Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am God.

Every moment of life has the potential to be worship.
God invites us to find the joy of every second.
Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am God.

When we stop and listen, we can hear God’s voice.
Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am God.

When we stop to look, we can see God’s handiwork
Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am God.

When we take in a breath, we can breathe in the inspiration of the Holy Spirit
Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am God.

When we perceive the hurting world around us, we can discern God’s will for us to help.
Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am God.

When we grieve or experience loss, we can know that God will neve…