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Summer Worship Themes

In An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith, author, professor of religion, and pastor Barbara Brown Taylor delves into 12 practices that connect body and soul in the real world. She says, “In a world of too much information about almost everything, bodily practices can provide great relief. To make bread or love, to dig in the earth, to feed an animal or cook for a stranger—these activities require no extensive commentary, no lucid theology. All they require is someone willing to bend, reach, chop, stir.”

This summer we will be using many of Barbara Brown Taylor’s 12 practices as themes for Sunday worship. We’ll begin on June 15 as we ponder the practice of Vision/Waking up to God.  At that time we’ll delve a bit deeper into one aspect or another of the practice and remind one another of these simple ways to pay attention.  You might also want read the book and come together with others on Tuesday evenings to discuss the practice of the week. All of this to help us spend a summer season reconnecting with, or remaining connected to what makes life real, meaningful, and miraculous in simple ways.


  • Waking Up to God (Vision)
  • Paying Attention (Reverence)
  • Wearing Skin (Incarnation)
  • Walking the Earth (Groundedness)
  • Getting Lost (Wilderness)
  • Encountering Others (Community)
  • Living with Purpose (Vocation)
  • Saying No (Sabbath)
  • Carrying Water (Physical Labor)
  • Feeling Pain (Breakthrough)
  • Being Present to God (Prayer)
  • Pronouncing Blessings (Benediction)
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