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Liturgy, Reflection & Benediction 2024.05.05

Liturgy Beloved community, let’s begin our timetogether with a calming, restorative breath.[Pause for the congregation to breath]The old stories of this earth repeatagain and again: War and rumors of war,Bombs, bloodshed, and destruction.Oh God, hear our lament.The old stories repeat:Children removed from their families,refugees fleeing their homes,The land stolen and exploited.Oh God, hear our lament.The old stories fail us. These […]

Make Yourselves at Home in Love

What might it mean for you to make a home in God’s Love? On this sixth Sunday of Easter, Christopher Mack wonders what it means for us to make an intimate, safe, and revolutionary home by mirroring Christ’s Love. [John 15:9-16] Reflection In what ways do Jesus’ words meet and stretch you during our divisive, violent, and overwhelming times? Are […]

Liturgy, Reflection & Benediction 2024.04.07

Liturgy God of tender compassion, turn our faces to one another.Though we may not share the same blood,we are nonetheless woven together into one story,siblings in your cosmic family.May we be united in love,delighting and protecting one another,carving out spaces for mutual belonging.Dispel the forces of apathy, busyness, and numbing distractionwhich seek to drive a wedge between ourselves and genuine […]

Oil and Dew

What are barriers we perpetuate to keep ourselves and others from experiencing belonging? On the second Sunday of Easter, Christopher Mack delves into the very good experience of unity and the messiness that ensues as we work toward it. [Psalm 133:1-3] Reflection How might you feel delight in your body this week? Where is an oppositional identity persistent in how […]

Liturgy, Reflection & Benediction 2024.01.14

Liturgy We come from places of straight lines,Grids that create small boxes for us to live in.Some of us have tried to follow all the rulesAnd some of us have tried to break every last one.Lord, free us to live the life you have given us.May we inhabit all the space you provide.We have been taught to color inside the […]

The Good Work

What stories and beliefs did you inherit about sexuality? On this second Sunday after Epiphany, Kimberly Culbertson invites us to question and explore our inherited beliefs and practice, in light of Paul’s paradigm of the good and beneficial.  [1 Corinthians 6:12-13] Podcast embed: Reflection As you consider the work of being human, can you begin to prayerfully ask God, “Is […]

The Epiphany Society

Can you recall a life realization which in retrospect appeared glaringly obvious? On this first Sunday after Epiphany, Lilly Ettinger invites us to wonder at God’s radical inclusion and how it invites the formation of a Beloved Community experiencing rescue and restoration.  [Isaiah 60:1-6] Reflection Where might you “lift your eyes” and see the world around you? Is there a […]