Matthew 21:1-11, Sunday Morning Live: A Palm Sunday drama

Adapted by Ana Gobledale, UK, with permission from author, Ron VandenBurg, Canada* The drama can stand alone. Optionally, using the bookends of an introduction, conclusion and prayer, provides an entire message/sermon. Cast Script   *Ron VandenBurg plans and develops projects specifically for the spiritual formation of children.  He has written numerous Christian-theme dramas which are […]

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Mary & Jane’s Wedding, a complete service — Tod & Ana Gobledale, UK

This wedding was held in Washington State, USA, soon after same-sex marriage became legal.  The couple had been waiting for more than a decade. (The names have been changed.)     Outline of Service Welcome Prayer Scripture Reading Purpose of Marriage Words of Intention – lawfully free & willing to create this “intentional family” Sharing: […]

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Psalm 121 Prayer — Ana Gobledale, UK

2nd Sunday of Lent, Year A   I lift up my eyes to the hills… We lift up our hearts To you, Spirit of the Universe God will not let your foot be moved… Trusting you to hold us securely When we feel caught in the mire of indecision When we hesitate to step forward […]

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Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95, a prayer — Ana Gobledale, UK

3rd Sunday of Lent, Year A 19 March 2017     God, are you with us? We seek assurance.   Like the Israelites at Massah we desire proof. Like the people of Meribah we ache for assurance beyond words, Something we can see and touch. Forgive our testiness and fickle faith. Renew our commitment to […]

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Romans 12:9-21, a prayer — Ana Gobledale, UK

Proper 17 13th Sunday after Pentecost – Year A 3 September 2017       Paul makes it sound so easy. Just be sincere, determined, altruistic. Yet we find ourselves hesitant, shifty, unreliable, selfish. Just be zealous, hopeful, patient. Yet we feel tired, desperate, anxious. Just be generous, hospitable, harmonious. Yet we find ourselves hoarding, […]

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Dramatised Micah 6:1-8 (29 Jan 2017) — Ana Gobledale, UK

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Year A Narrator:  Today’s reading is from the Prophet Micah, chapter 6, beginning with verse 1. Micah places us in a court room drama. First the judge speaks, ordering the complainant to rise, and introducing the case. Then God brings charges against Israel, God’s own people. Then Micah responds on behalf […]

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Exodus 1 Drama — Ana Gobledale, UK

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A Ready-to-Act:  a story from Exodus 1:8-2:10 — Ana Gobledale, UK Characters:  1) Narrator, 2) Pharoah,  3) Pharoah’s Daughter, 4) Miriam,  5) Midwife Shiphrah,  6) Midwife Puah Provide large-font copies for all actor/readers; no memorization required. Print landscape with two columns to avoid hiding mouths behind sheets. Narrator:   Now […]

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Nicodemus & Jesus conversation, John 3 for Lent 2, Year A

A dramatic reading Year A, Second Sunday of Lent–12 March 2017 John 3:1- 21  (adapted from the New Revised Standard Version and “The New Testament and Psalms: an inclusive version” published by Oxford University Press in 1995)     Narrator:   Today’s reading is taken from John’s Gospel, the story of the encounter between Jesus and […]

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Epiphany drama, Year A — Ana & Tod Gobledale, UK

Reading and Heeding the signs of the Times Matthew 2.1-12 Note:  The “king” or “magi” or “wise one” may be named as appropriate for the congregation.  The part may be played by either a woman or a man.  The “minister” might be any worship leader. Script Minister:    …This week of Epiphany the story continues in […]

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Naaman interview – Pentecost 21, Year C — Tod & Ana Gobledale, UK

Rote makes right: Healing through ritual Year C, 21st Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 23) 2 Kings 5:1-3; 7c-15 Luke 17: 11-19 This sermon includes an interview with Naaman. Minster:     What ritual or practice brings God’s presence into your life on a regular basis? Turn to your neighbour and share for a moment. What ritual or […]

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Prayers of Intercession, Pentecost 17 — Ana Gobledale, UK

for Pentecost 17, Year C As people of faith, we accept our interconnectedness with all people, and all creation.  And so we unite our hearts in prayer for those in need.  Let us draw near to the divine and to one another through our prayers of intercession.  There is a responsive line at the end […]

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Drama for John 12:1-8, 5th Sunday of Lent Year C– Ana Gobledale, UK

John 12:1-8 – for 3 readers Lines are printed short for easy reading.  Readers are encouraged to stop/pause at the end of each printed line. . Narrator:  In today’s New Testament reading, John presents a struggle between financial care and costly extravagance, between financial management and abundant generosity. Hear anew the story of Mary and […]

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Psalm 138 – for 2 voices — Ana Gobledale, UK

12th Sunday after Pentecost, Year A Psalm 138 – for 2 voices Voice 1 lifts prayers directly to God. Voice 2 reflects on the nature of God. Worship Leader:   Hear the grateful words of the Psalmist. Voice 1: I give you thanks, O God, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; […]

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Luke 10:25-37 – Drama: The Good Samaritan — Ana Gobledale, UK

For 8th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 10) For 3 Actors/Readers: Narrator, Lawyer and Jesus Readers may hold scripts throughout. Narrator: In today’s Gospel reading, Luke presents one of the instances someone examines Jesus with the intent to trick him, at least with words. In this case, it is a lawyer questioning Jesus. The lawyer stands […]

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Animal Nativity with knock-knock jokes & talking animals, UK

A Cat, Rat, Mouse and Spider bring the nativity story to life as they meet Mary, the Innkeeper, Shepherds, an Angel and the Magi. Full of knock-knock jokes, carols and talking animals, the Joyful Animals’ Nativity is a delightful Christmas nativity drama ready for you to use.   Download ready-to-print scripts: PDF Joyful Animal Nativity script […]

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Blessing of Gardens & Gardeners Service

Spring has sprung!  Come gardeners and farmers! This service, originally created to celebrate Earth Day (22 April), lends itself to multiple multi-age voices.  This all-age service of celebration and blessing has been shared in the UK and the USA and is easily adaptable for a new location. Liturgy for blessing gardens and gardeners    The worship […]

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Psalm 16, Responsive Call to Worship, Ana Gobledale, UK

Inspired by Psalm 16 2nd Sunday of Easter, Year A 26th Sunday of Pentecost, Year B 6th Sunday of Pentecost, Year C   Come! Rejoice! For we are in the presence of the Holy One.      We turn our eyes and hearts toward the Light of Love. Be glad and rest secure in the Eternal […]

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Psalm 32 prayer — Ana Gobledale, UK

Inspired by Psalm 32 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C     Eternal One, You have blessed us. You have forgiven our hurtful actions. You have blocked out our mistakes and wrongs. When you add up our errors, the total always seems to vanish. And we start with a clean slate. You erase our shame […]

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Psalm 30, Call to Worship – Ana Gobledale, UK

Third Sunday after Pentecost, Year C Call to Worship (inspired by Psalm 30:4-5) A responsive reading Sing praises to the Eternal One. Today we praise the sacred with enthusiasm. Rejoice in the morning light. We rejoice in the never-ending love of God. Sadness and anger have darkened our paths. Yet in the light of hope we […]

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Call to Worship inspired by Psalm 67 — Ana Gobledale, UK

For Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C     God is gracious with blessings. God’s face shines upon us. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy! We sing for joy, for God judges the peoples with equity and guides the nations upon earth. Let the peoples praise God! We praise God, for God’s […]

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Psalm 148, Responsive Call to Worship — Ana Gobledale, UK

Inspired by Psalm 148 5th Sunday of Easter, Year C 1st Sunday of Christmas, Year C Appropriate for Blessing of Gardens & Gardeners, Earth Day, or Blessing of Animals services.   The three questions, asked by Voices 1,2 and 3, might be asked by children or youth, or posed from different places in the gathered congregation. The […]

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Stay with us, a prayer, Luke 24:13-49 — Ana Gobledale, UK

Luke 24:13-49 Third Sunday of Easter, Year A Theme: The road to Emmaus   Spirit of new hope and promise… Stay with us in our places of hopelessness and despair. Spirit of joy and delight… Stay with us in the shadows of grief and terror. Spirit of forgiveness and mercy… Stay with us in the […]

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Prayer and Action for Peace — Ana Gobledale, UK

            Peace Your promise Our hope   Peace in our communities… Unite us to raise our voices against violence in our homes in our churches in our schools in our work places   Peace on our earth… Unite us to take a stand, to act to become eco-churches to go green […]

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Mystery of matrimony: a daughter marries — Ana Gobledale, UK

The mystery of matrimony “Who brings this woman to be married?” We do. To be married To be coupled To be knotted, twisted together Today tomorrow to death Joining a heritage of still-married Great grands through alcoholism and a debilitating stroke The hospital bed at living room centre Year after year Today tomorrow to death […]

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The King’s Christmas, a British Christmas Panto — Ana Gobledale, UK

A British Panto never ruins a fairy tale, only makes it better.  So logically, a Nativity Panto (or almost-Panto) won’t ruin the treasured Christmas story, but will only make it better.  That’s the case with… The King’s Christmas: a Modern Medieval Play Script download:  Christmas Nativity – The King’s Christmas Panto A large congregation in Southeast London created a delightful […]

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