Blue Christmas

The Christmas season is not always a happy time. — Mary Oliver (from Thirst, Beacon Press, Boston, 2006) The Advent and Christmas seasons can remind us of loved ones or relationships we have lost. The sights and smells of the weeks approaching Christmas, rather than bring joy and delight, can bring sadness and grief. A “Blue […]

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Christmas

What words share the meaning and mystery of Christmas? What words do we sing? What dramas and skits bring the words of Christmas to life? Christmas Songs Nativity and Christmas pageants Christmas prayers and worship resources Worship resources:    

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T.S. Eliot on waiting, words for Advent

“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready […]

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Blue Christmas service, complete — Ana Gobledale, UK

(compiled from various resources) Click here for a Blue Christmas full service pdf download A one-hour reflective service for a December afternoon or evening 16 readers (or double-up if fewer readers are available) Order of Service Welcome “Why are we here?” Gathering Words Lighting the Christ candle Call to Worship (from Isaiah 9) Opening Prayer Reading   […]

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December words

What words move us through Advent, from World AIDS Day into the New Year? Summer in the South — Winter in the North — words of warmth for the cold nights, words that cool the hot sun. 1st – World AIDS Day 6th – Day of Remembrance, Canada Resources to explore and use during this […]

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Prayer for St Andrew’s Day — Glasgow Churches Together, UK

Written especially for St. Andrew’s Day, by the Glasgow Churches Together. (adapted)     God, our loving Creator, St Andrew introduced Peter, the Greek visitors, and the little boy with loaves and fishes, to Jesus. May we be like Andrew in sharing friendship and hospitality,                      […]

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Advent

What words herald the Advent season? Familiar?  New? Light-hearted?  Reflective? Here are Advent worship resources from around the world to explore and use: Scroll down to find: Complete services, Dramas, Nativities and Christmas Pageants Advent songs, carols & music Advent prayers and worship resources Complete services, Dramas, Nativities and Christmas Pageants: Advent songs, carols & […]

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Angel Intercessions — Ana Gobledale, UK

‘Do not be afraid’ — words of the angels Prayers of Intercession This was originally written for a worship service marking the opening of a week-long Angel Festival. It might be used during Advent, particularly at a Blue Christmas or Longest Night service. The word ‘angel’ is not always popular, or sometimes over-popular!  How can […]

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Advent Devotional — Joanna Hipp, Presbyterians for Earth Care, USA

This beautiful and thoughtful Advent devotional has been shared through the generosity of Presbyterians for Earth Care. Download a PDF copy in full colour: 2018-Advent-Devotional-Presbyterians for Earth Care, USA Presbyterians for Earth Care have created thoughtful and challenging, as well as beautiful, Advent and Lenten devotionals for several years.  Click here to explore their archive […]

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We Will Remember Them (for TDOR) — Kayleigh Whitehurst, UK

Originally written for and shared in a Transgender Remembrance Service in Salisbury, UK We Will Remember Them Falling into the depths of negativity once more, The dreaded bleakness of a mind overcome with grief. The time, it seems, was taken much too quickly, By some great faceless nameless thief. Their path was short, their footsteps […]

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Prayers of the People — United Church of Christ, USA

Prayer items are listed before the prayer starts, bringing the news of God’s gathered people into the light.  This allows time for the experience of surprise and concern to arise in the hearts and minds of all, and a time of resettling as the congregation continues with the prayers.  This family news is shared in […]

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Autumn Prayers of Approach and Confession — Cara Heafey, UK

God our creator, The glory of this season reminds us of your artistry As nature displays a riot of colour: Bright berries on the hedgerows, Trees aflame with oranges and reds, Golden leaves carpeting the rich dark earth. Let all creation sing your praise! God our provider, The bounty of this season reminds us of […]

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Gathering Prayer, Mark 13

Written in response to Mark 13:1-2, using elements of a prayer by Louise Gough. For The 26th Week of Pentecost (Proper 28) Loving God, who summoned the world into being, moulded the mountains, bathed the earth in colour and light, and breathed into us the Spirit of life, we gather in your church, your temple, […]

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Nativity

What makes a Nativity (Christmas Pageant) memorable? Meaningful?  Engaging?  Inclusive?  Fun?     Worship Words dramatic nativity resources (Christmas pageants and dramas):

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Praise & Elation, hymn — George Stuart, Australia

With praise and elation Tune: To God be the glory  To download lyrics, music and to hear the tune click here. With praise and elation we greet the Divine In beauty of love that we just can’t define; The mystery is wondrous; it captures our soul; It gives our life purpose; it makes us feel whole. […]

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Kohima Epitaph & Last Post Service, UK

Start at 10:55 so silence will commence at 11:00 am.   Scripture        Deuteronomy 32:7 Hear the ancient words of our faith from the Hebrew scripture, Deuteronomy, chapter 32, verse 7: Remember the days of old, consider the years long past; ask your parents, and they will inform you; your elders, and they will tell you. […]

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Transgender Day of Remembrance, 20 Nov

  Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on 20 November honouring the memory of those whose lives have been lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Newest ‘Transgender Day of Remembrance’ posts . . . (images link to posts)   Alphabetical archive of all ‘Transgender Day of Remembrance’ resources . . .

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November words

Worship Words resources for special days and events in November: 1st  – All Saints Day 11th – Remembrance Day 20th – Transgender Day of Remembrance 4th Thursday – Thanksgiving, USA 30th – St Andrew’s Day Additional days of interest in November: mid-Oct – mid-Nov — Diwali  (date fluctuates)  Hindu Festival of Lights (deep = light; avali = […]

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October Words

Worship Words resources for special days and events in October:     First Sunday – World Communion Sunday 4th – St Francis Day Last Sunday – Reformation Sunday Black History Month, UK Thanksgiving, Canada Harvest in the North October worship resources A-Z:

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Remembrance Day, 11 Nov

With what words do we remember? With what words do we turn from the memories of war to the hope of peace?   Newest ‘Remembrance Day’ posts . . . (images link to posts) Remembrance services are held both in churches and at war memorials.  For some this is an opportunity to focus on peace. White […]

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Prayer words

What words do we use when we reach out to the Spirit of Life?  the Source of Peace? Explore these resources to find worship words relevant to you today.  Click on the theme. Candlelight words Children’s prayers Confessional words Creation words Gratitude words Healing words Hopeful words Justice words Love words Meditation words Peace words […]

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Creation Words

What words express our awe and wonder of creation? What words do we use to confess our abuse of creation? Creation prayers and worship resources:      

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Artwork for each week, Years A,B,C — Maximino Cerezo Barredo

Powerful weekly images created by “painter of liberation”, Maximino Cerezo Barredo, are available for use in worship and church publications.  An image has been etched for each Sunday of the three year lectionary cycle. Explore the images for each week at:  Year A images Year B Images Year C images   Titles and references are available […]

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Call to Worship, Responsive — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson

Adapted from Ana Gobledale’s “Call to Worship” inspired by Psalm 16:9 and Gerardo Oberman’s “Opening Prayer” – both found on Worship Words.   Come! Rejoice! For the Holy One is here. We stand on holy ground. Come, children of God! Just as you are. Receive God’s grace, hope, courage and sustaining love. We come to […]

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Acts 8 Drama, Philip & Ethiopian — Ana Gobledale, UK

The Holy Spirit propels Philip to the Ethiopian – a dramatisation Acts 8:26-40  (Year B, Easter 4) This might be incorporated into a celebration of baptism or the renewal of baptismal vows. Actors/readers:  Philip, Ethiopian, Storyteller (Narrator), Angel, Spirit Complete scripts — ready to download and print (2-sided): Drama, Acts 8, Philip & Ethiopian PDF Drama, […]

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Harvest

Harvest in the south in April. Harvest in the north in September. The cycle of our year offers numerous opportunities to express our gratitude and thanksgiving. What words do we use to celebrate the abundance of a good harvest? Or to mourn the scarcity in times of drought?  

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Thanksgiving, Canada – October

National days set aside for thanksgiving offer wonderful opportunities to express our gratitude, often in an interfaith setting. How do we say “Thanks”?   Worship resources for Thanksgiving & Harvest  

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St Francis Day – 4 Oct

Words from St Francis Words about St Francis Words about our responsibility for all creatures Words about justice for creation Resources for worship on St Francis Day: Blessing the Animal services St Francis Day is often celebrated with a service of blessing of the animals.  These resources for Blessing of the Animal services include a […]

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Franciscan Benediction

The origins of this prayer are unknown, but it surely presents another perspective of St Francis. May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.   May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger […]

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Gravestone unveiling — Ana Gobledale, UK

How do we mark the passing of time after a death? What words do we share when we gather to install, place or unveil a gravestone or marker? This service has been used when unveiling a gravestone or placing a plaque at a grave. Complete Service ready to download and print PDF Gravestone unveiling – full […]

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Ely reflection — Ana Gobledale, UI

Written April 2018 during a time of personal reflection in the Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral, UK, following the bombing of Syria by the US and the UK.     Broken Bombed Darkness descends How did it come to this? God groans The world whimpers. We cower Fearfully crying out, ‘Which way?’ What about our grandchildren? […]

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