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Friday Five--Fall Goodies!

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It's Friday, and you know what that means... Yes, a Friday Five from the RevGals! This week, to celebrate fall, we're looking at yummy stuff...always a favourite of mine. So here we go... 1. What's your best homemade treat? Is it worth all the effort? (It doesn't have to be something canned.) I used to make apple butter every year. I lived in the Washington DC area at the time, and we would take a Sunday afternoon, drive out into the country for lunch somewhere, and stop at an orchard on the way home, I'd pick up a bushel or so of apples, and then I would spend a day cooking them down into apple butter--which is basically applesauce that you keep cooking until it is thick, I canned it and used it for Christmas gifts, but I kept several jars--we loved it on toast! Worth the effort--yes. Would I do it now? Sadly, I no longer have the time or equipment (dutch oven, pressure cooker) to make it. 2. At our house, applesauce and football are the harbingers of fall. What ar…

Lectionary Liturgy September 28, 2014 (NL)

Call to Worship One: May the Holy One answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.  Many: May God send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion; may God remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. One:  May God give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.  Many: We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. One: May the Holy One grant all your requests.  Many: Now I know that God saves God’s anointed; God answers the anointed one from holy heaven with the saving power of God’s right hand.  One: Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Holy One our God.  Many:  They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. 
Reconciliation/Assurance of Pardon One: Reconciliation is truth-telling—our faults and foibles, our stumbles and our falls. Let us go to God in prayer. Many: Holy One, we are no…

Lectionary Liturgy--Narrative Lectionary, September 21, 2014

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Liturgy for September 21, 2014, Narrative Lectionary Focus: Joseph
Call to Worship One: God is my strength, my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. Many:  I call to God, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.  One: The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.  In my distress I called to God; I cried to the Holy One for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. Many: God reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. God rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.  God brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.  One: You, O God, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light Many: The Holy One lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Saviour! Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O God; I will sing praises to your name.
(from Psalm 18)
Reconci…

Friday Five—Discovery!

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RevGals meme this week: Only afterwards, do we realize that we have "found" something that we like--like a new way to look at something; a new (to me) author; a new song or hymn; a new food. Today share with us something that you like that seemed surprisingly "new" to you sometime in the near past. It could even be a RE-discovery. Here is a list, but you canchoose your ownfive items you would like to share! Please join us today in playing FF. 1. author 2. shampoo 3. food 4. activity 5. music So here goes! Mine are a bit different than the suggested list.
1. Activity: When I was around 10 or 12, I became interested in yoga—I am not sure why, but I was interested enough to attend a couple of classes at the university in my hometown, and to receive a book on the topic for Christmas. Over time, I found other activities—volleyball, canoeing, gardening, hiking, Jazzercise—and put it aside. But more recently I have come back to it, first through some classes a year or so ago, and …

Narrative Lectionary Liturgy for September 14, 2014 "On a Journey..."

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Liturgy to go with the Narrative Lectionary readings for September 14. 
Call to Worship One: Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge. Many:  I said to God, “You are my Benefactor! Every good thing I have comes from you.” One: God, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine. Many: I will bless the Holy One who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. One: I know God is always with me. I will not be shaken, for God is right beside me. Many: No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. One:  You will show me the way of life, Many: Granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
(from Psalm 16)
Reconciliation/Assurance of Pardon One: How often, Holy One, have we made promises to one another and to you and not kept them? Give us selfless and giving spirits, to share what we have—the world’s goods, our time, our skills and talents, ourselves—with our sisters and brothers, both far away and …

Friday Five--Must See!

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The RevGals theme for the Friday Five this week is Must-Sees--what are the things/places/restaurants/ sights/etc. people shouldn't miss?

This one's easy--there's a lot more than five!

1. Ojibway Nature Trail and Preserve. It's home to wetlands and endangered species, as well as other wildlife. There are some great trails, too--and all on the bank of the Detroit River!

2. Restaurants: What kind of cuisine do you prefer? We probably have it in Windsor! Everything from Ethiopian to Ukrainian, Italian (lots and lots of great ones, and an entire Via Italia) to Tex-Mex, Caribbean to Middle-Eastern (also lots of good ones), Greek, sushi, Thai, Southern BBQ (excellent, by the way)... There's a huge variety of restaurants in Windsor--come explore!

3. Walkerville--the whole area! It was originally a separate town, and the location of the original Ford plant in Canada, as well as the Walker distillery. Some beautiful architecture, great  restaurants (try Twisted Apron, Lorel…

Liturgy for Narrative Lectionary September 7, 2014 -- Noah and Creation

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As threatened promised, here's my take on liturgy for this coming Sunday's Narrative Lectionary. I will try to post these each week for the coming Sunday. I am basing the calls to worship on the Psalms.
Call to Worship One:  O God, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens.
Many: You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you. One: When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?
Many: Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honour.
One: You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority—the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents. Many: Holy One, our God, your majestic name …