Bridge Over the West Shore Junior Church

April 24, 2016

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by Graduating Seniors of Junior Church and CoA Class of 2016 with

Layne Richard-Hammock

Director of Lifespan Faith Development,

Christa Champion and Phil Florian

Comings and Goings—Bridges transport both ways. It's Spring and time once again for the Annual Bridging service honoring both graduating seniors bridging out of Junior Church and Rising Coming of Age class bridging into Junior Church. Special music by the Free Spirit Band, various vocals and instrumentals and sharing of thoughts from our young people as they cross the West Shore Rocky River Junior Church Bridge.

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Does the Big Blue Boat Belong to Us?

April 17, 2016

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by Holly Mueller

Intern Minister and

Layne Richard-Hammock

Director of Lifespan Faith Development

Offered by Layne Richard-Hammock & Holly MuellerAs we celebrate Earth Day with Flower Communion, we reflect on the joys and responsibilities of our Big Blue Planet home. Do humans own the Earth or does She Own us? This All Ages service will allow for adults and children to contemplate what it means to be a strand in the interconnected web of existence and to value our responsibility in the web of life. We do after all, have the whole world in our hands. Fun morning with lots of singing, movement and celebration for all. Bring a flower to share for Flower Communion (yes we know it's a tad early and many garden flowers won't be abloom yet—do your best.


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What We Don’t Say

April 10, 2016

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by Reverend Kathleen Rolenz

This month's provocative question "How Do I Know What I Am Really Saying?" begs the question, "well, what about the things you don't say?" There are times when speaking your truth is absolutely essential and other times when speaking your truth can be damaging or hurtful. This sermon will reflect on the practice of right speech," that is, knowing when to speak and when to keep silent; when to risk speaking your truth regardless of the consequences and when not speaking is the most important spiritual practice you can do.


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Making It Up

April 3, 2016

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by Reverend Wayne Arnason

The most creative thing that we are engaged with every day is the improvisation of the life we live. We all have to make this up as we go along. Often we find out what we really know when we are forced to say it. Inevitably we make mistakes,and we have to “make up” for them too—but we can’t let the risk of failure stop us from the creativity that is our birthright. The Free Spirit Band will offer the music for this service, and they are considering—what else? Improvisational jazz.

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Opening music is played in it's entirety after the service.

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