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A Nicene Creed Paraphrase

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We believe in one God: divine parent; beginning, end and what exists beyond beginning and ending; creator of all we see, feel, hear, taste, and touch.

We believe in One Lord, Jesus: who is God, the only Son of God, begotten of God the Father. 
Therefore, he is God from God, Light from Light, Love from Love. Truth from Truth.
Jesus was not made, but begotten, for Jesus is God.
And is one with God.
Jesus was with God and through him as LOGOS all things were made for creation and its redemption.
Jesus embodied flesh. Became trapped in human flesh, and truly embodying humanity.
Jesus was divine. Jesus was human. Jesus is the son of God. He was born of a virgin, Mary.
Jesus was a man.
He was crucified by a Roman authority bolstered with the cry of the Jewish people. He truly suffered as humans suffer. He truly died as humans die.
On the third day, he became alive.
In accordance with what has been said in Scripture, he also ascended into heaven and into the dance of the Trinity.
We believe t…

Call to Worship: Plant In Us

Plant seeds of hope in us, Oh God,
that they might grow in us to become joy. 

Plant seeds of grace in us, Oh God,
that they might grow in us to become transformation. 

Plant seeds of faith in us, Oh God,
that they might grow in us to become courage. 

Plant seeds of righteousness in us, Oh God,
that they might grow in us to become justice. 

Plant seeds of love in us, Oh God,
that they might grow in us to become the gospel for the world around us. 

God, grant that we be vessels of fertile soil for your fruit through us to grow. Amen.

A Brief Prayer in Advent

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God of enduring peace, descend on us. Descend upon our anger, our anxiety. Descend upon our community, our nation, and our world. Descend upon our hearts. Where there is anger—sow peace, where there is doubt—sow determination, where there is depression—sow joy, where there is bitterness—sow satisfaction, and where there is despair—sow courage. Breathe your deep peace into us, O God, in this season of Advent. Remind us of the holiness found in patiently waiting, especially during a time that drives us to frantic scurrying. It is in the name of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, that we pray. Amen.



Be Glad: A Call to Worship for the Kingdom of God (Isaiah 65:17-25)

Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory in the Highest…
To God be Glory forever, Alleluia, Amen! (sung)*

Be glad, and rejoice forever in what God is creating:
God is making a new heaven and a new earth.

Be glad, and rejoice forever in what God is doing:
God’s justice cascades forth like living water.

Be glad, and rejoice forever in how God loves us:
God pours God's self out to us in love through Jesus Christ.

Be glad, and rejoice forever in God’s promise for us:
We shall not labor in vain, nor shall we cry out in despair. 
Victory is ours in God who loves us!

Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory in the Highest…
To God be Glory forever, Alleluia, Amen!(sung)*


*You can find this in The Faith We Sing hymnal supplement published by Abingdon Press (#2033) or in Halle, Halle: We Sing the World 'Round ed. C. Michael Hawn.



A Call to Worship for LGBT Pride Weekend: Galatians 3:23-29

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We belong to Christ—we are heirs according to the promise.
We are adopted siblings—we are beautiful misfits.

When God looks upon us, God says “You are good.”
We are loved. We are chosen. God has hopes and dreams for us.

God sees in each and every one of us a beloved child.
There is no favorite or black sheep. We are equally valued by God.

God made us all beautifully different.
We are many genders. We all love differently. There is no gay or straight. Male or female. “Cis” or trans. 

We belong to Christ—we are heirs according to the promise.
We are all adopted into God’s family. We are all coequal partners in the building of the kin-dom of God. Glory be to God, who reveals Godself not as a solitary being, but as a divine community. 



Call to Worship: Luke 12:49-56 "The Fire of Jesus"

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Jesus came to bring fire to the earth,
and oh! How we wish it were already kindled.

May the fire of compassion be kindled,
that we would be moved to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick, slake the thirsty, visit the imprisoned.

May the fire of justice be kindled,
that we stay awake and speak out against oppression.

May the fire of joy be kindled,
that depression and despair would be snuffed out and replaced with freedom.

May the fire of peace be kindled,
that war and violence would be consumed by God’s shalom.

May the fire of hope be kindled,
that God’s kingdom of everlasting joy would be fully realized.





#blacklivesmatter or #backtheblue; or Both?

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As a young, white male clergy voice, I think one of the most important things I can continue to say about recent events in our nation publicly is this: You can love police. You can support #blacklivesmatter. You can do both of these things at the same time. Loving police does not mean you don't want to examine and change the system in which they are functioning. A few things that might be worth taking a look at from a Dallas, TX perspective as an exampe:Local ordinances: in Dallas, police are allowed 72 hours before an officer is required to report/give testimony about an officer involved shooting which provides ample time for bad actors to manipulate corroboration and is unjust as no other citizen has this privilege. Drug testing: in Dallas, the DPD Internal Affairs does not drug test police after a shooting incident, or at least they are not required to; if drug tests happen after work place incidents, why don't they happen if a police officer ends up shooting someone, justi…