Worship Liturgy for 4-19-2020

Consider this an open-source liturgy! Use as much or as little as you’d like based on your form of worship these days. Feel free to change it in any way that suits your context and practices. One important note, all the hymns are suggested here are ones from the New Century Hymnal. Your use of them will depend on your church’s copywrite privileges. Call to Worship One: Take a deep breath, then let it slowly.  All: (Inhale, exhale) One: Take another deep breath, then let that out slowly. All: (Inhale, exhale) One: The days after the death and resurrection were … Continue reading Worship Liturgy for 4-19-2020

04-06-2020 COVID-19 PNC Update

Dear Siblings in Christ: Take a deep breath, and let it out slowly. Take another deep breath, then let that one out slowly, too. In every season of significant grieving or change, there is always that year of firsts. The first Christmas without a loved one. The first spring in a new community.The first trip with a newborn. The first day month of retirement. The days move on, regardless, but we experience them differently. All the regular subtlety of letting go and experiencing newness falls to a new clarity that has very little subtlety, at all. This Holy Week is … Continue reading 04-06-2020 COVID-19 PNC Update

4-2-2020 COVID-19 PNC Update

Dear Siblings in Christ: Part of what I like about Palm Sunday is that it’s just a little ridiculous. It was meant to be. This was protest theater by Jesus of Nazareth that intentionally flew in the face of those messianic-like heroes of war that came into town on huge war-horses to throngs of cheering thousands. This moment was full of common people throwing common things into the road to make way for a teacher who was riding a common donkey to overthrow the common order. Jerusalem was in an uproar about this weird protest march heading towards the center … Continue reading 4-2-2020 COVID-19 PNC Update

As morning breaks…

Dear Siblings in Christ:As this morning breaks, I’m thinking about all of you. We have all had to learn so much over the last few weeks to adapt to this pandemic season and we’ll learn more about worshipping together and being apart from each other this Sunday morning, too. Bill Grace worked with our conference in my early days here and he’s become a good friend. In his and Patricia Hughes’ book, Gracious Space they talk about the idea of “learning in public.” Essentially, this idea recognizes that there are somethings that we can only learn when we’re together so, in those … Continue reading As morning breaks…

3-25-2020 COVID-19 PNC Update

Dear Siblings in Christ: Today at noon, is our weekly call about pastoral care in this strange moment (you can join using this information: Click on this link – https://meetings.ringcentral.com/j/8278690536 or call 773-231-9226 and use Meeting ID: 827 869 0536). Since our very first conversation, those who gathered recognized that this period of social distancing would be hard for everyone at points and be particularly hard for those already facing a sense of isolation. Many churches and church members have begun to put together systems to reach out to those members of their congregation and community who might otherwise be … Continue reading 3-25-2020 COVID-19 PNC Update

3-23-2020 COVID-19 PNC Update

Dear Siblings in Christ: This Sunday’s text from John feels a little too real and a little too magical for these days. I always struggle with these death-but-not-death stories of resurrection; these stories in which to make some alive again and leave others dead is a divine choice. Surely, as Jesus journeyed to Bethany, he and his entourage passed other families in mourning because of the death of a loved one or in anxiety due to illness in their home or sleepless because of economic distress or lonely or isolated or… The world is full of suffering and yet Jesus … Continue reading 3-23-2020 COVID-19 PNC Update