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Good Friday Affirmation of Faith

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It's been a while, folks. But there are times where the liturgical season intersects with my interior life and I need to let something out. I find that rewriting an affirmation of faith helps me find the unspoken words I have within myself to speak into creation my identity as a christian, especially when it is hard or scary. So on this good friday, an affirmation.

I believe in God; sometimes through sheer force of will only. I do not see God but I perceive God’s creation all around me—I see God in the wilderness, in the vastness and intricacy of nature, in community, and in you. I believe in God who is parent of us all, no matter what experience of “parent" we have encountered in our life—God’s parenthood fills those gaps. I believe in God’s infinite creativity.
I believe in Jesus; God’s Son and God enfleshed; homeless and vagabond Lord of humanity. I believe in Jesus’ impatience with injustice who still loved the oppressed AND oppressor and desired for the liberation of all…

Call to Worship: Fall On Us (Acts 10:44-48)

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Holy Spirit, fall on us.
Fill our emptiness to overflowing.

Holy Spirit, fall on us.
Replace our fear with courage.

Holy Spirit, fall on us.
Open our hearts to see your spark in those we meet.

Holy spirit, fall on us.
Holy spirit, fall on us.



Call to Worship: "Reveal the Path"

God of Life, we are searching for the way.

Reveal the path.

We work hard to be good people, yet still feel like something is missing.

Reveal the path.

We know the difference between good and bad, yet find those categories incomplete. 

Reveal the path.

We want to love God but find it difficult to love our neighbor.

Reveal the path.

We get along with everyone but have a hard time finding God.

Reveal the path.

Making Sacred Spaces More Sacred

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It’s 4:19AM, and I am writing this from the reception desk of my church which has become a temporary pop-up homeless shelter. I am sleep deprived, full of coffee, and awestruck by how my last week has been. This blog mostly centers around my writing for worship, so I want to spend some time talking about the architecture of our sacred spaces. This paragraph might not seem cohesive or coherent yet, but it will. Let me refill my coffee. 
Okay.
While it is true that we can worship fully regardless of the space we are in, another argument can be for the impact our worship’s architecture has on our sense of reverence, awe, and our sense of the sacred in the midst of our worship. I have seen some incredible worship spaces, from the centuries old Abbey on the Island of Iona in Scotland, to the historic, 102 year old sanctuary of my own church, to a worship space that also serves as a coffee shop. 
Two qualities serve as the main ways I perceive a worship space: aesthetic and function. The t…

Call to Worship: Feed us Justice (Ezekiel 34:11-24)

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Great Shepherd, feed us.
Feed us joy when we despair.

Great Shepherd, feed us.
Feed us humility when we lose ourselves in pride.

Great Shepherd, feed us.
Feed us peace when we are overwhelmed with chaos.

Great Shepherd, feed us.
Feed us hope when we are lost.

Great Shepherd, feed us.
Feed us justice when we stray.

Nourish us, O God, so that we may be nourishment for the world. Feed us, O Shepherd, so that we may gain strength to resist the powers and principalities of oppression. Guide us, O Great Jehovah, so that we may be reflections of your light in a world obscured by division, hatred, and fear.  

An Affirmation of Faith

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I believe in God the divine parent: provider of sustenance, challenge, and relief; who has created all and continues to create among us even now; who is among us in ways we can know, and in ways unknowable.

I believe in Jesus Christ the beloved child, our savior: redeemer of humanity, deliverer from sin; who is the poured out love of God in creation, simultaneously human and divine; who was born of Mary, and sought safety in Egypt as a refugee; who amazed rabbis and priests as a child; who preached and performed miracles as an itinerant and homeless prophet; who was an unjustly convicted and executed criminal of the Roman Empire—his death was overturned by the will of God, and his resurrection has defeated the power of death.

I believe in the Holy Spirit the constant helper: whose presence inspires and whose movement among us reveals God in our midst; who works with the church and despite the church to bring about God’s will in creation; who works with us and despite us to spread God’…

"The Homeless" - Call to Worship Luke 9:51-62

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My congregation is journeying with 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. This Sunday, we will journey with "the homeless" as we explore Jesus' experience of the "hospitality" of Samaria, and the persistence of the hemorrhaging woman. What follows is our call to worship that begins with the singing of "God Welcomes All," a song brought to us from South Africa by John Bell of the Iona worshiping community in Scotland.


God welcomes all, strangers and friends.
God’s love is strong and it never ends.(John Bell; South Africa)

“Foxes have holes, and birds of the…