Liturgy and Poetry

This page holds all my available liturgy and poetry!
Navigation: The categories list on the righthand side of this page can help you navigate all this content. For instance, you can choose to see only my poems; or only my liturgy; or even to look specifically at, say, only affirmations of faith.
There are also themes/topics you can select, such as all liturgy and poems that have to do with queerness, or pertain to being Catholic.
If you’re looking for something in particular but can’t find it yourself, reach out to me and I’ll tell you if I’ve got something for you!

To use my liturgy in an ordinary worship service: credit Avery Smith and include a link to this website, please. And I certainly welcome an email from you letting me know how a piece was used!

To use one of my poems, or to use my liturgy in a more official/published manner, please request my permission first by emailing

intertwined inceptions:

written upon realizing that the first days of Chanukah and Advent coincided this year Happy Chanukah to those who celebrate it, and blessed Advent to those who observe it! Constructive criticism on this poem is invited and appreciated — particularly from any Jewish folks who take the time to point out any accidental misrepresentations of […]

Invitation to the Table: “If the world tells you that you are unworthy…”

If the world tells you that you are unworthy of a seat at the table,that your presence is unwelcome or even unwholesome,know that Jesus extends an invitation to you personally. This table does not belong to human beings,but to the God who delights in you,Who welcomes you without demanding you be anythingbut your own beautiful […]

Call to Worship & Opening Prayer: Queer God with diverse children

Call to Worship Gracious God,in this time of worship and wonder, story and songinto which you have gathered us, we marvel at the wondrous diversity of your human creation.Each of us — Black, white, Latine, Asian, Indigenous, and beyond — is an integral part of your magnificent spectrum. You call us to join in joyous worship, […]

Reflection for Coming Out Day services: Fighting damaging silence, honoring formative silence

There are cocoonsof silence, soft merciful darkness enveloping you until you are ready to emerge as somethingnew— And there are tombsof silence. Darkness gone awry,a heaviness that presses down your lungs,so that your shouts of “I’m alive!” diebefore they can escape your lips. My shoulders ache with the ghosts of silences too long carried. Mom, Dad, […]

Confession & Pardon: Learning to Face Hard Truths with the Prophet Amos

Call to Confession God sent the prophet Amos to Israelto warn the rich and powerfulthat the natural consequence of their mistreatment of the vulnerable would be destruction for all. In many ways, the modern United States is not unlike that ancient nation — A land of plenty only for the powerful few,while the oppressed go hungry and […]

Call to Worship (drawing from Micah 6:8)

We gather to worshipthe God who calls us to do justice. God, here we are!All glory belongs to you. We gather to worshipthe God who calls us to cherish kindness. God, here we are!From you all good things come. We gather to worshipthe God who calls us to journey humblyside-by-side with Them. God, here we […]

Pastoral Prayer for Immigration Sunday: praying for all who know the heart of the stranger

Our God is the Ultimate Other;Xe knows firsthand what it is to be the one who does not fit,whose ways are not “our ways”and whose thoughts are not “our thoughts.” Thus trusting in Her steadfast solidarity,let us lift up our prayers for all those who know the heart of the stranger. We pray for Indigenous peoples across […]

Liturgy for a service exploring God’s place in our suffering

Leader: We gather here and now,  All: separated in spaceand joined in one Body, fractured by discord and united by love, to worship God,to open ourselves to God’s voice,to grow towards God’s will together. Come, let us worship God! Opening Prayer O high eternal Divinity,You who are bothUnknowable, Other, utterly Beyond all sense and space […]

poem: whippoorwill blessing

if i follow the call of the whippoorwillout from our burrow of blankets and slow breathing over and into the shirtshrugged over sleepy shoulders downstairs to the kettle snoring steamfor the tea steeping in its yawning mug out, out! past the screen dooranointed in moth-kissesinto a slowly waking world will a blessing be out there, […]

Responding to God’s Word: God’s binary-breaking chosen family

Leader: As one, let us affirm some aspects ofthe faith that binds us into one family. All: We believe in a Godwho made all of us in Their imageand proclaimed every member of Their creationGood. We believe that Xe extends a special care towards thosewhom the world calls “broken,”“worthless,” “unclean” — and that Xe calls […]


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