Liturgy: January 20, 2019

The Greater Northwest Area of the United Methodist Church is currently celebrating a "Crossover Year" in preparation of and response to General Conference 2019. As a part of that Crossover Year, churches and fellowship groups throughout the three conferences are joining in learning circles, reading Brian McClaren's We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation. I have decided to join some of... Continue Reading →

Empty Vessels

Vessels.Filled to the brim.Cleansing for the unclean.Hope for the hopeless.All who come will be welcomedwith a just a splash.Wash away the hurt.Wash away the sin.Wash away the shame.Leave the vessels where they stand.Empty.Discarded.Used.Dry.Laughter fades.Singing turns to silence.Whispers reveal the emptinessof joy,of hope,of celebration.What good is itwhen it's all been used up?What is leftafter it's all... Continue Reading →

An Army of Deborahs

Two years ago I had the privilege to join a group of Morgantown, WV area women on a bus trip to Washington DC for the first Women's March. I went, not really knowing what to expect. I knew the numbers of those intending to come were exceeding the initial estimation. I knew that there was... Continue Reading →

Liturgy: Baptism of the Lord Sunday

Call To Worship: L: In the beginning, God's Spirit swept over the waters and spoke into existence all that is. P: Move over the deep voids of our hearts, O God, and speak life into us. L: Through the terrifying waters of the Red Sea, Moses lead your people. P: Our hearts tremble in the presence of your might, O God, but we will follow. L: From the water of the womb you brought forth your Son for the Salvation of the world. P: We stand in awe of your mystery, O God, and praise you for your mercy and unfailing love. L: Over the... Continue Reading →

Liturgy: Epiphany 2019

Call To Worship The glory of the Lord has risen upon you. We will arise, we will shine, for our light has come. All the nations will see you shine. Even in the darkness of this world, you will shine. Even in the darkness of people's hearts and minds, you will shine. We will arise,... Continue Reading →

A Tale of Two Harlots

Zanah. Maybe that word doesn't mean much of anything to you, and why should it? It's Hebrew. It's old. And if you are anything like me, you don't really have much of a reason to look up old Hebrew words. But as I sat down to do my Bible study for today, I found myself... Continue Reading →

Liturgy: Christmas Eve Candle Lighting

READER ONE:The prophet Isaiah said: 2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.    On those living in a pitch-dark land, light has dawned.3 You have made the nation great;    you have increased its joy.They rejoiced before you as with joy at the harvest,    as those who divide plunder rejoice.4 As on the day of Midian, you’ve shattered... Continue Reading →

Liturgy: Advent 2018, Week 4

Advent Candle Lighting READER ONE:The prophet Micah said:2 As for you, Bethlehem of Ephrathah,    though you are the least significant of Judah’s forces,        one who is to be a ruler in Israel on my behalf will come out from you.    His origin is from remote times, from ancient days.3 Therefore, he will give them up        until the time when she who... Continue Reading →

Liturgy: Advent 2018, Week 3

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING: Reader One: The prophet Isaiah spoke these words of wisdom and hope to us: 2 God is indeed my salvation;     I will trust and won’t be afraid. Yah, the Lord, is my strength and my shield;     he has become my salvation.” 3 You will draw water with joy from the springs of salvation.... Continue Reading →

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