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  1. Hello. I am wondering how many here have done a web search for sermons by others of Christianity's Priests, Pastors, Ministers, etc. Have you quoted them? Have you used them to write your own? How long do you keep them (in terms of number of paragraphs)? For those with your own congregations, do have loose copies of your past sermons for parishioners to pick up & take home? Or do you offer to email the sermon(s) to them? Or do you post them on a web page for them to download and/or print out? Thank you for your time and consideration.

  2. 10 hours ago, revkhbostic said:


    I htought it was really nice ,instead of co worker,you could insert whoever needing such prayer/insert name here...


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    This can be ordered from any number of health food store suppliers.Use search engine online for such...



    Thank you. But for reasons of privacy I did not want to use the persons actual name. And I did not want to assume I had permission without asking him. And thanks for the recommendation for the glutamine. ūüôā

  3. 13 hours ago, Seeker said:

    Presumably because the assistant project manager in question is Christian.


    You have a good selection of sources, but IMHO they don't flow well together. I would suggest you forget about quoting - you're not conducting a lesson.

    Just ask for what you want, in Gods name.

    Thank you for your honesty and frankness.  And for the opinion as well.

  4. 16 hours ago, RabbiO said:

    Before saying anything else I must say I'm curious. You've previously written that you are a Pagan so why this attempt at Christian prayer? What are you trying to accomplish?


    I am a practicing Druid. But part of that is respecting other people faiths. And to show respect to the individual the respect they deserve. Thus I decided to do a Christian prayer. But over all I never tried to write a christian prayer before. And if I do so again, I want to know what I did wrong. Or how I can make better. Nine Blessings.

  5. I have an assistant project manager  who is in for a triple by-pass. I wrote a prayer. my first. Please read and offer suggestions on how to improve, if improvement is needed. Thank you.


    We pray to the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. We pray for our co-worker assistant project manager's name. 
    For him we ask “Have compassion on me, LORD, for I am weak. Heal me, LORD, for my bones 
    are in agony.‚Ä̬†~ Psalm 6:2.¬†And ‚ÄúThe LORD¬†will sustain¬†him upon his sickbed;¬†In his illness,¬†You¬†
    restore¬†him to health.‚Ä̬†~ Psalm 41:3.¬†We pray for a quick recovery from his operation. For this¬†
    we are reminded: “Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my 
    health and allow me to live!‚Ä̬†~ Isaiah 38:16
    Thank you in advance for the feedback.
  6. NOTE: If this is in the wrong forum, I apologize and ask the admin to move it. Thank you.


    I apologize if this comes across wrong, but here goes... The Catholic faith is the Christian religion most widely known (according to my knowledge) to pray to the Saints in Heaven. I do not know if others, such as Baptists or Lutherans, do as well. The reason I say this is because of healing. Do members of the Lutheran faith pray to Saint Raphael for healing? Do they even acknowledge his existence? Or the other Saints? Or does the Lutheran faith merely promote simply praying to God & Jesus or The Father, The Son & The Holy Spirit for all their woes & ailments?


    I am asking this as a ordained ULC Minister. As I do my duty as such I may be called upon to help others and pray with them. I am asking because I do not want to unintentionally insult them or their faith. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

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        Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2)And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3)And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4)And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5)And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. Folks, that is just overwhelming to me. Can you picture that project in your mind. That's a huge undertaking in itself. Creating the heaven, earth, day and night, and the water. By the way, this was just the first day. So, in today's understanding God went to work Monday morning, "hypothetically speaking" and by the time he clocked out at 5:00 or so he had done all these things. That's alot of work in just one day.


    ReverendDaveULC- Thank you for a thought provoking post of a sermon. But May I ask one favor? Can you mark the scripture by italics? Or barring that, mark your words by putting them in either italics or in bold text? I ask for this favor because the text of scripture and your thoughts are running together.


    Thank you. And have a Blessed day....

  8. OK, I'll just say it.... Finances. For those starting out as either a minister for hire, or as a minister with a congregation, is there a preferred finance application or template for either MS Excel or Money and/or Apple Numbers? How did you customize it for your ministerial duties? What was the easy part? What was the hard part? Now for the question with a curve: What did you learn about yourself throughout the learning/customizing process?


    P.S. I apologize if this is in/on the wrong board. Administrators, please feel free to move it to the right area.

  9. 2 hours ago, Rev. Calli said:

    Greetings to you my brother,

    When I first entered the ministry some 25 years ago now, I came up with this prayer that I use for the sick,

    Creator God, father and mother to us all, source of life and love and all good things, be with our brother/sister now in their time of trial and need.  Comfort them with your presence, and offer them healing of body and peace of soul.  Help them to know that you are always with them, and will never desert them.  All these things we ask in the name of Jesus, our risen Savior and Redeemer.  Amen.

    In solidarity,

    Rev. Calli

    Thank you. That is very beautiful. Blessings!

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  10. A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream.

    The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food.

    The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him.

    She did so without hesitation.

    The traveler left rejoicing in his good fortune.

    He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime.

    But, a few days later, he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.

    I’ve been thinking, he said.

    I know how valuable this stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious.

    Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me this stone.

    ‚Äď Unknown

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  11. I am a member of The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. And therefore am a Pagan. I have been writing in a journal various prayers and blessings. While most are Celtic in origin, I have a few viking and buddhist prayers as well. All or most I have found on social media. My mother and father are members of the Lutheran faith. To honor my father who passed on July 19, 2010, I have so far transcribed The Nicene Creed as taught by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. And I will be transcribing The Apostles' Creed as well. And I got to wondering if my fellow ministers have any favorite prayers or blessings that are regularly used in their services. Prayers, blessings, and scripture. And I thank you in advance.

  12. As Ministers, Priests, Chaplains, Shamans, etc., are we to assume we are allowed to create brochures that reflect the core values/beliefs of our religion (Christianity, Buddhism, Wicca & Druidry)? And what about brochures  that discuss what the ULC is and does? Are they on the website for us to download and print as needed? Or are there really none that presently exist? Thanks.

  13. On 5/5/2016 at 1:48 PM, Dianna said:

    Not sure if they are the best methods, but I can suggest what works for me. 

    Nowadays, never underestimate web presence.  There are free, simple-to-use website builders like weebly.com to set up at least a page with the name of your ministry, a pic of you with a email and/or business phone, as well as the services you provide. As you get business, make sure you include photos as samples. Now you have a place to point people to. Websites have become the new business card and include as a link when you list yourself with area pages of wedding search sites. Be sure to include the search words in your site you want to be "findable" in search engines, such as "wedding", "hospital visitation" or specifics you want to stand out for, and the city/state you are in, so locals can find you.  You don't absolutely need a private domain name at first until you get going, and the longer your site is online, the more you are "findable" by search engines.

    If you want to do hospital or some other type of ministry or visitation, nothing beats going to area hospitals. convalescent and retirement homes and either talking to their social services or clergy offices, they may be able to connect you to people who would benefit. I've found most places don't mind you visiting with residents.

    There are wedding officiant listing sites you can be listed for free by area location, and they are good if someone specifically clicks you, but the free account listings don't usually help promote you, although it's good to be listed and include your website link for someone searching. If you are going to do weddings, it helps to research the local area floral shops, sometimes you include their ad on your page, they may mention you on theirs.

    Facebook is only good if you have things to say, such as hospital visitation, wedding, and other ministerial things to show photos and people leave positive feedback for things you did, and it's best to be tied in with other groups where you post or that are relevant so people can follow your comments back to your fb page, where again, you will have the trusty link to your website. Otherwise, if you aren't a big fb poster, it's not worth it.

    There are usually four major bridal shows in larger areas a year, each season promotes the upcoming season. Most of the professional people will have booths and attention-getting advertising and promotions displayed, and it can be hard to compete at first with what they offer. It's best to find some specialty niche or appeal to the smaller, intimate one-on-one situations and ... figure out who your target is. If parents are paying, your down-to-earth, common sense and empathy may win over overwhelmed fathers or mothers. Most people at big bridal shows aren't in the market for wedding clergy at that time, but a business card with your ministry website information can easily be tucked in their sacks where they're collecting all the other promotional things, to be looked over once at home.

    If you want business cards, I've gone through Vistaprint, but their cheapest cards used to have their logo on the back of your card, you pay extra either to have that taken off or for your own printing on the back. I've also use a cheap flip-top Trak phone for a business-only number I use for weddings, funerals, etc. That is the number I post publicly so my real life and family life isn't interrupted by crank calls. 

    Take time to snoop over other people's websites (who are doing similar things) and see what they include and how they lay things out, you may get ideas. Also, take the time to learn the answers to questions people may ask you, in order to be a better help. You'll make yourself the expert they depend on.

    Not sure if this is the type of information you were looking for, but hope it helps in getting started when it seems like there is so much to know and not sure what to do.



    And if you have The Print Shop (for Mac or Windows) or some other similar design software you can design and print your own cards, most times 10 [cards] to a sheet. And depending on the business card stock & the chosen template, you can do 2 (double) sided printing. For the Mac version of The Print Shop go here: http://www.mackiev.com/printshop3/features/whatsnew.html It's what I use.