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ReImagine

ReImagine

Preaching in the Present Tense
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Off to a Good Start

Off to a Good Start

Openers & Prayers for Church Meetings
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Preaching The Big Questions

Preaching The Big Questions

Doctrine Isn't Dusty
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Pastoral Prayers to Share Year C

Pastoral Prayers to Share Year C

Prayers of the People for Each Sunday of the Church Year
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An excerpt from the Season of Easter

 

3rd Sunday of Easter

 

LECTIONARY READINGS
Acts 9:1–6, (7–20)
Psalm 30
Revelation 5:11–14
John 21:1–19

 

Where Jesus is present, the catch exceeds all expectations.

 

A world transformed beyond all expectations by the spirit of Jesus.
In this world, each child has the expectation of growing up healthy and loved.
In this world, conflicts between nations are only fought out on the soccer field, the baseball diamond, and the basketball court.
In this world, no one who wants a job is denied the training or the opportunity.
In this world, the rich joyfully share with the poor and there is no hunger or lack of education.
We will speak out and work for a world such as this.
A world made new in the way of Jesus the Christ.
Suffering transformed beyond all expectation by the spirit of Jesus.
The mentally sick and those with addiction will have the non-judgmental treatment they need.
The creative ones – poets, artists, actors, and sculptors – will all have opportunities to use their talents.
There will be no worry that medical treatment will be delayed.
Those who treat the sick will be those who feel called to this work.
The dying will be gently cared for and those who have lost loved ones will be assured of comfort.
We pray for those we know who are sick and for members of this community of faith (time of silent reflection).
We pray for the dying and for the bereaved (time of silent reflection).
We will speak out and work for a world such as this.
A world made new in the way of Jesus the Christ.
The church transformed beyond all expectations by the spirit of Jesus.
The enduring peaceful spirit will provide a refuge for those in the faith community who are troubled and afraid.
This faith community will promote justice among the abused, the neglected, and those without hope.
This faith community will support and encourage the work of the wider church (name the wider church groupings).
The members of this faith community will care for each other, and through mission funds will support the needy of other lands.
This Christian community will learn from and share resources with those of other world faiths.
We will speak out and work for a church such as this.
A church made new in the way of Jesus the Christ.
Each of us transformed beyond all expectations by the spirit of Jesus.
Our self-focus replaced by a concern for the downhearted and disillusioned.
Our willingness to protect those most at risk in the family replaced by a readiness to hold them capable.
Our desire to tell our friends what to do replaced by a willingness to listen to their deepest needs and concerns.
Our need to be always doing widened to include prayer and meditation.
We will strive for personal change.
We will follow the way of Jesus the Christ.

 

Another Way

 

1. Between each section, sing the first verse of “Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies” (Voices United #336) or “He Came Singing Love” (Voices United #359) or “Jesus Came Bringing Us Hope” (More Voices #33).

 

2. Focus the prayer on: Jesus asks Peter if he loves him, and if he does, to care for his sheep.
If we love, we will care.
If we love our world, we will care for it.
We will ask for full recycling in our locality.
We will advocate for stricter regulations controlling the release of carbon emissions into the atmosphere.
We will monitor those who extract ores and use water without regard to future generations.
We will protect and care for animals, birds, plants, and trees.
If we love our world we will care for it (time of silent reflection).
If we love our world we will care for those who are in it.
We will ask for training schemes for those without jobs.
We will advocate for those who cannot care for their children and work fulltime too.
If we love our world we will care for those who are in it (time of silent reflection).
If we love our world we will hear the call to justice.
We will speak out for immigrants who face hatred.
We will advocate for those who are denied work because of their country of origin.
If we love our world we will cry out for justice (time of silent reflection).
Care follows love; Jesus loved, and Peter was challenged to care.
If we love, we will care.
If we love the suffering we will care for them.
We will befriend the infirm elderly and be their voices.
We will work with those who are challenged mentally or physically and support their call for appropriate facilities.
If we love the suffering, we will care for them (time of silent reflection).
If we love the suffering, we will care for them.
We will support those who need medical diagnosis or treatment.
We will comfort those who are anxious or afraid.
If we love the suffering we will care for them (time of silent reflection).
If we love the suffering we will care for them.
We will be care-bringers to those who are sick at home and those in hospital. We will bring news and views, we will speak hopefully, and repeat jokes and stories.
We will be strong comforters to those who have lost loved ones. We will listen to their deepest feelings.
If we love the suffering, we will care for them (time of silent reflection).
Care follows love; Jesus loved, and Peter was challenged to care.
Follow the same pattern for the other sections.

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Postcards from the Valley

Postcards from the Valley

Encounters with Faith, Fear and God
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Pastoral Prayers to Share Year B

Pastoral Prayers to Share Year B

Prayers of the People for Each Sunday of the Church Year
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ADVENT 3

 

Lectionary Readings

 

Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11
Psalm 126 or Luke 1:47–55
1 Thessalonians 5:16–24
John 1:6–8, 19–28

 

John tells of the true light and prepares the way for God’s amazing gift in Jesus.

 

Jesus the true light. (The Christ candle is raised high.)
In this revealing light, people and communities change:
Leaders who abuse the power of their authority and position find humility;
Those who hoard their wealth and resources find generosity;
Struggling single parents and those on welfare or minimum wage find support from
food banks and community organizations;
Silent cries for friendship find a listening ear;
The questions of young persons are taken seriously.
You have seen the true light.
We see the true light in Jesus; we will be a leading light to others.

 

Jesus the true light. (The Christ candle is raised high.)
In this revealing light the suffering find relief:
Those uncertain of the way out of addiction find a group to accompany and support them;
Persons afraid to go to a doctor about a troubling problem find the courage to make an appointment;
Families in financial difficulties seek out credit counselors;
The sick and mentally troubled receive the help they need;
And the bereaved find that friends are with them in the empty place(time of silent reflection).
You have seen the true light.
We see the true light in Jesus; we will be a leading light to others.

 

Jesus the true light. (The Christ candle is raised high.)
In this revealing light the community of faith searches for the way ahead:
Churches try out fresh patterns of worship with an emphasis on silence or singing;
Churches make contact with their neighboring faith communities and eat and learn together;
Churches promote mission enterprises and support them as generously as they do local ones;
Churches remember their neighbourhood setting and ask their neighbours how the church can help them.
You have seen the true light.
We see the true light in Jesus; we will be a leading light to others.

 

Jesus the true light. (The Christ candle is raised high.)
In this revealing light each one of us is challenged to learn and grow and change:
We welcome insights into our personality and ways of being with others;
We welcome fresh opportunities to learn at work and serve in our leisure time;
We welcome the chance to make amends for a past wrong and receive the forgiveness of another.
We welcome word that reminds us of the central place of the spiritual in our lives
and the need to give time and space to God in our day.
You have seen the true light.
We have seen the true light in Jesus; we will be a leading light to others.

 

Another Way

 

1. The third Sunday in Advent is often celebrated as the Joy Sunday.

 

Use the first phrase of the well-known Advent hymn Good Christian Friends, Rejoice (Voices United #35). Once you get into the rejoice and thanksgiving grooves, your own ideas will flow easily into the format below.

 

All sing: Good Christian friends rejoice with heart and soul and voice!
One: Rejoice that people are working hard to find a way to peace in…
Two: Rejoice that those who want to find a way to keep our planet green and cool are being listened to.
One: Rejoice that people are giving money to (for example, the Salvation Army kettles in our city). Rejoice that those with plenty are responding to appeals to help those with so little.
Two: Talk about a current “good news” item.
Young person: Rejoice! This is awesome!
Mother or Father: Rejoice! And thank God!
Grandparent or older person: Rejoice! And get busy!
All sing: Good Christian friends rejoice with heart and soul and voice!

 

One: Rejoice that research into cancers and heart problems is making progress that was unthinkable a generation ago.
Rejoice that older persons with dementia and infirmities are getting the respect they are due.
Rejoice that people are coming to terms with their medical problems.
We remember those members of our families who are in hospital or sick at home (time of silent reflection).
Two: Rejoice that (the local medical or nursing school) is training its students well.
Or, rejoice that medical professionals and personal care workers are getting the continuing training they need.
One: Rejoice that there are people ready to listen to those who have lost loved ones. We remember those in our congregation who have lost loved ones. We are glad with them for many good memories (time of silent reflection).
Young person:Rejoice! This is awesome!
Mother or Father:Rejoice! And thank God!
Grandparent or older person:Rejoice! And get busy!
All sing: Good Christian friends rejoice with heart and soul and voice.

 

One: Rejoice in the skills and commitment of the leadership in our church at this time.
Two: (Rejoice that our White Gifts will make lots of people happy).
Rejoice in the carols, songs, and readings that warm our hearts in Advent and Christmas worship services; rejoice in the silence, rejoice in the candlelight.
One: Rejoice that all over the world our mission gifts will bring hope to people who struggle and are afraid, and who need to know the spirit of Jesus Christ is with them.
Two: Speak of a specific mission project supported by wider church funds
Young person: Rejoice! This is awesome!
Mother or Father: Rejoice! And thank God!
Grandparent or older person: Rejoice! And get busy!
All sing: Good Christian friends rejoice with heart and soul and voice.

 

One: Rejoice that the members of our family will be getting together this Christmas.
Rejoice that those in essential jobs and those who cannot return home will be in contact through e-mail, texting, Skype, and telephone.
Two: Rejoice that we will be sharing gifts and food with good friends this Christmas time.
One: Rejoice that although the birth of Jesus Christ in lowly isolation is in sharp contrast to the harsh light and loud music of the commercial Christmas, we will hold Mary and Joseph and the Christ Child in our hearts.
Young person: Rejoice! This is awesome!
Mother or Father: Rejoice! And thank God!
Grandparent or older person: Rejoice! And get busy!
All sing: Good Christian friends rejoice with heart and soul and voice.    

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Clinical Pastoral Supervision and the Theology of Charles Gerkin

Clinical Pastoral Supervision and the Theology of Charles Gerkin

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Prophets, Pastors and Public Choices

Prophets, Pastors and Public Choices

Canadian Churches and the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Debate
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