Does worship belong to the church? (Or, a logical conclusion)

From whence comes the right to worship? Is it a Christian liberty that individual Christians have, or is it a grant to the church, that stands as Christ’s beloved and is delegated to individual Christians as a benefit? I ask this because I wonder about the nature of the church. The former is the more… Continue reading Does worship belong to the church? (Or, a logical conclusion)

Ubuntu Linux for Ministry: a feature for orders of service

So, this hasn’t been a weekly Thursday feature as I intended. Nor is this, properly speaking, a Ubuntu Linux-only feature, as it’s uses LibreOffice Writer, and that’s available for Windows and Mac OS X, too. (It is free and open-source software — FOSS — and you can get it here.) A small thing — making… Continue reading Ubuntu Linux for Ministry: a feature for orders of service

Why Sunday?

A quick thought. Why should the principal worship service be on a Sunday, particularly late Sunday morning? There are reasonable arguments for Christians, as it commemorates Christ’s resurrection. But that argues for a weekly sunrise service, and — let me tell you — if that were an option, I’d gladly take it. I don’t have… Continue reading Why Sunday?

Deconstructing the Messiah church order of service: the text

So, before I break this apart, I want to show you an old order of service from the defunct Church of the Messiah (Universalist) in Philadelphia. (I wrote about Messiah Home, it’s former retirement home here.) Thanks to friend and Unitarian Universalist minister Hank Peirce for photo of the original text.   UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF… Continue reading Deconstructing the Messiah church order of service: the text

A prayer at eventide

I’ve moved from a traditional Universalist prayerbook’s evening prayer to vespers — a related service, but very different in structure and tone — because it is more meditative, more focused on the night, and night as a foreshadow of death. But considering death then turns us back to life, so the experience isn’t gloomy, but… Continue reading A prayer at eventide

Daily prayer: “I will pray for you” (and mean it)

“I will pray for you” and its secularized version “I’m thinking of you” are still lively expressions of concern, and often deeply valued by the person thought of or prayed for. Friends have approached me, asking for prayer, only last week. “Of course,” I said. And I mean it, and I have a plan to… Continue reading Daily prayer: “I will pray for you” (and mean it)