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Joanna Depue "DJ/Deacon J" writes original songs and liturgies, does daily Farm office work and records Barbara's eMos on The Geranium Farm. A singer and dog trainer she utilizes healing touch in her private massage practice. PLEASE share YOUR original ideas for worship, special liturgies, prayers, songs, sermons and noteworthy blogs right here.
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Thursday, February 09, 2006

"Deep Thoughts"....

Ah, sage wisdom:

--- Reporter interviewing a 104-year-old woman:

"What do you think is the best thing about being 104?"

She simply replied, "No peer pressure."

..... laughter is amazing and divine medicine!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The Lord's Prayer (a pass-along)

This pass along will take something familiar and give us something to chew on... put on your imagination caps and read on.... and if you like it, pass it along to someone! ('your' words in regular typeface, God's in bold.

Our Father Who Art In Heaven.
Don't interrupt me. I'm praying.
But -- you called ME!
Called you? No, I didn't call you. I'm praying. Our Father who art in Heaven.
There -- you did it again!
Did what?
Called ME. You said,"Our Father who art in Heaven" Well, here I am. What's on your mind?
But I didn't mean anything by it. I was, you know, just saying my prayers for the day. I always say the Lord's Prayer. It makes me feel good, kind of like fulfilling a duty.
Alright. Here I am. Please continue!
Okay, Hallowed be thy name . .
Hold it right there. What do you mean by that?
By what?
By "Hallowed be thy name"?
It means, it means . . good grief,I don't know what it means. How in the world should I know?It's just a part of the prayer. By the way, what does it mean?
It means honored, holy, wonderful.
Hey, that makes sense. I never thought about what 'hallowed' meant before. Thanks. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
Do you really mean that?
Sure, why not?
What are you doing about it?
Doing? Why, nothing, I guess. I just think it would be kind of neat if you got control of everything down here like you have up there. We're kinda in a mess down here you know.
Yes, I know; but, have I got control of you?
Well, I go to church.
That isn't what I asked you. What about your bad temper? You've really got a problem there, you know. And then there's the way you spend your money --all on yourself. And what about the kind of books you read?
Now hold on just a minute! Stop picking on me! I'm just as good as some of the rest of those people at church!
Excuse ME. I thought you were praying for MY will to be done. If that is to happen, it will have to start with the ones who are praying for it. Like you -- for example.
Oh, all right. I guess I do have some hang-ups. Now that you mention it, I could probably name some others.
So could I.
I haven't thought about it very much until now, but I really would like to cut out some of those things. I would like to, you know, be really free.
Good. Now we're getting somewhere. We'll work together -- You and ME. I'm proud of You.
Look, Lord, if you don't mind, I need to finish up here. This is taking a lot longer than it usually does. Give us this day, our daily bread.
You need to cut out the bread. You're overweight as it is.
Hey, wait a minute! What is this? Here I was doing my religious duty, and all of a sudden you break in and remind me of all my hang-ups.
Praying is a dangerous thing. You just might get what you ask for. Remember,you called ME -- and here I am. It's too late to stop now. Keep praying. ( . . pause . . )Well, go on.
I'm scared to.
Scared? Of what?
I know what you'll say.
Try ME.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
What about Ann?
See? I knew it! I knew you would bring her up! Why, Lord, she's told lies about me, spread stories. She never paid back the money she owes me. I've sworn to get even with her!
But -- your prayer --What about your prayer?
I didn't -- mean it.
Well, at least you're honest. But, it's quite a load carrying around all that bitterness and resentment isn't it?
Yes, but I'll feel better as soon as I get even with her. Boy, have I got some plans for her. She'll wish she had never been born.
No, you won't feel any better. You'll feel worse. Revenge isn't sweet. You know how unhappy you are -- Well, I can change that.
You can? How?
Forgive Ann. Then, I'll forgive you; And the hate and the sin will be Ann's problem -- not yours. You will have settled the problem as far as you are concerned.
Oh, you know, you're right. You always are. And more than I want revenge, I want to be right with You . . (sigh).All right . all right . .I forgive her.
There now! Wonderful! How do you feel?
Hmmmm. Well, not bad. Not bad at all! In fact, I feel pretty great! You know, I don't think I'll go to bed uptight tonight. I haven't been getting much rest, you know.
Yeah, I know. But, you're not through with your prayer are you? Go on.
Oh, all right. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Good! Good! I'll do that. Just don't put yourself in a place where you can be tempted.
What do you mean by that?
You know what I mean.
Yeah. I know.
Okay.Go ahead. Finish your prayer.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Do you know what would bring me glory --What would really make me happy?
No, but I'd like to know. I want to please you now. I've really made a mess of things. I want to truly follow you. I can see now how great that would be. So, tell me . . .How do I make you happy?
You just DID.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Investing in Acolytes

Were you ever an acolyte? ARE you an acolyte? Ah, in my yoot as a Roman Catholic, there were only altar boys. Remember those days... whether in the USA Episcopal tradition or another?

In those simpler days, it was just one of those things, one of those rites of passage. You got old enough to do some things in church, but not old enough to do others and this was one venue.

All dressed up and one very particular place (or places) to go, we learned how to get all the zippers zipped, the buttons buttoned and the rope (or girdle or cincture) tied. Often, it wasn't tied in a simple way because a priest taught us and they just taught us the way to tie things with two loops either side of the navel... in a priestly way to batten down the stole -- except you weren't a priest and you didn't wear a stole. Details, details.!

Oh, there were - and still are - many a congregation where you learned the exact name for each part of the church, each appointment, each vessel. Then there was the tricky lighting and extinguishing of candles..... simply two or multiple candleabras plus a pascal candle.... with everyone watching your back.

We have been pretty thorough about how we pay attention to maintaining the outward ritual of corporate worship: do we do as much for the training and maintenance of the spiritual training of acolytes? Since it is an icon of service, how do we instill and support the inner life of our acolytes, particularly in ways that will grow and mature over their years in their daily lives - in church and out?

Does your parish have a program for retreats of acolytes? specific quiet days? peer support? If you have a comprehensive system for your acolytes, drop me a line @

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