Children’s message, What colour is God? — Ana Gobledale, UK

“Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness….’” Genesis 1.26 Lesson: Looking at skin colour to learn more about God.   What colour are you? Listen to this poem by Kathleen McGinnis, and see if you can find a colour that matches your skin. Some people are black like ebony […]

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Gathering hymn — George Stuart, Australia

We gather in this place Tune Crimond  Click here to download music and lyrics and to listen to the tune.   We gather in this place today To hear a word we need; From Jesus’ teaching we gain strength; We listen. We take heed. We come with open hearts and minds To hear a word […]

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Praise & Thanksgiving — Lawrence Moore, UK

Who is like you, Passionate God? You heard the groans of the slaves in the brick pits of Pharaoh, liberated them, and made them your people. You will not allow our systems of death and greed to have the last word. The slavery of sex-trafficking will not stand against you. Poverty and starvation will be […]

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Summer words

What words hold the glory of summer? How do we express the mystery of bursting sunflowers, broad leaves and warm waters?   Summer words: an alphabetical listing of all resources Explore these resources for words to share in worship and reflection during the summer season…

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Autumn Words

What words reflect the orange glow of an autumn sunset the heavy grain and succulant fruit the sorrow of scarcity when crops fail A time of thanksgiving A time of sharing Click here for Worship Words Thanksgiving resources. Worship words resources for Harvest celebrations:  

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Lectionary Year A

Resources for Year A of the Common Lectionary. Each Sunday and special day of the church year appears with readings and resources.

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A: Epiphany

Epiphany Season readings and resources for Year A… For all Worship Words Epiphany resources click here. Transfiguration Sunday readings and resources for Year A…

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World Refugee Day 20/06

World Refugee Day, declared by the United Nations to be marked on June 20, is a call for communities around the world to work toward peace and security for all, remembering especially the millions of people who are displaced or forcibility uprooted from their homes. Resources for World Refugee Day: Immigrant Prayer Card Handout  from Global […]

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Sacred Union Ceremony — Uniting Network Australia

This Sacred Union Ceremony for gay and lesbian couples, was compiled by Leanne Jenski, Robert Stringer, Warren Talbot and Susan Wickham in 2010, upholding Daniel Maguire’s definition of marriage which requires neither heterosexual coupling nor procreative possibilities.  While it was created as a blessing service (prior to universal marriage rights), the inclusive and thoughtful liturgical […]

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Children’s Message, Alpha & Omega symbols — Tod Gobledale, UK

Revelations 1:8, 21:6, 22:13 — Lectionary reading for Christmas and New Year A,B,C; Easter 2C, 5C and 7C, All Saints Day Year B, Pentecost 27B (Proper 29B) Alpha & Omega: Introducing the symbols of the church to children   This message offers children the opportunity to look around the sanctuary or worship room and discover […]

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Pluralism Sunday, first Sunday of May

An initiative of the Progressive Christianity movement: Join communities around the world celebrating religious diversity on the first Sunday of May (or the date of your choice). Pluralism isn’t just diversity; it’s something we create out of this diversity. The first Sunday of May is the day that many progressive Christian congregations observe as Pluralism […]

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ColourWeaving Prayer — David Yeo Poulton, UK

What of colour and faith?  What colour would you assign to love or to peace?  What colour symbolises God or Jesus?  How would you use colour to describe the feelings and emotions of trust, joy, anger, depression, dreams, hope, loneliness, or thankfulness? David explains: ‘As a Christian with dyslexia (dyslexia comes from the Greek meaning […]

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Pentecost words

Words understood by all . . . which do we choose? What words express the hope, the unity, the promise of Pentecost?     Share your Pentecost worship words: an invitation to you to participate in a conversation… What does the message of Pentecost sound like today? Looking ahead, what songs will you be singing? […]

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Website update

The Worship Words site has gone through some significant changes, improvements hopefully!  This upgrade should significantly improve navigation and speed. In the meantime, unpleasant issues are likely to arise as a consequence. So please notify me if you have any problems, or if you find images missing (you’ll see only the code and no image […]

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Lord’s Prayer version — Steve Garnaas-Holmes, USA

Our Mother, our Father, Source of our being, whose presence is heaven, all Creation sings of you, “Holy!” May your Realm unfold among us, your desire be fulfilled, this world blossoming out of your delight. Give us the breath of life, one breath at a time. Accept our brokenness; give us acceptance of others who […]

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World Health Day – 7 April

‘There is much to celebrate in the world of global health. Neonatal deaths have been cut in half since 1990.  Mother-to-child transmission of HIV has substantially decreased.  Polio and guinea worm are on the verge of elimination. ‘But there is still much to be done.  Drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis and malaria bring new threats to […]

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Disciples Prayer — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

  ready-to-print copies PDF Disciples Prayer by Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson WORD Disciples Prayer by Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson   Holy One whose name we honour and praise, When we laugh, you laugh with us. When we weep, your tears wash over the earth. You know the joys and sorrows of our hearts, Our efforts for change and our […]

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Open Table service — Pentecost

  Theme:  Pentecost         A complete worship service weaving together scripture, drama, reflection & conversation Compiled & written by Ana Gobledale for Open Table   This service is designed for a congregation gathered around tables.  It can easily be adapted for a more traditional setting. The Leader’s Sheet includes the entire service, with […]

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New words to old tunes — Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, USA

Carolynshymns.com is a website loaded with thoughtful and meaningful hymns. Each song is easily accessible by a Topical Index, Revised Common Lectionary indexes, and Scripture Index. Carolyn “writes hymns about how faith speaks to events in the world (disasters, social concerns, everyday living, etc.) as well as new hymns based on scripture, including lectionary lessons.” Her moving hymn “How […]

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Singing a New Song – George Stuart, Australia

George Stuart has written singable hymns with grounded, authentic and original lyrics set to traditional and familiar tunes. He, graciously, has made his work available free on line.  Click here for his website. His “Singing a New Song” series includes 4 general volumes of new lyrics and 3 volumes (1 for each year) of new […]

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Love words

Words of love express our care and compassion, inviting others into relationship. Explore these resources to discover ‘Love Words’ relevant to your experience and situation, to use in both group worship and personal devotions.   Newest posts . . . (images link to posts)   Alphabetical archive of all ‘Love Words’ resources . . .

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Open Table service — Mothering Sunday

Open Table Worship  uses inclusive language and imagery for intimate worship settings at which everyone is welcome and valued. Theme:  Mothering Sunday: an excuse to talk about God   This complete worship service . . . weaves together story and verse inspired by scripture & conversation on the topic of Mothering and Caring. is designed for […]

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Wisdom Words

Words to move us from indecision to certainty, from doubt to trust, from unknowing to knowing . . . Explore these resources to discover ‘Wisdom Words’ relevant to your experience and situation, to use in both group worship and personal devotions.   Newest posts . . . (images link to posts)   Alphabetical archive of all […]

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Peace Words

Words of reconciliation and bridge-building, trust and serenity . . . Explore these resources to discover ‘Peace Words’ relevant to your experience and situation, to use in both group worship and personal devotions..   Newest posts . . . (images link to posts)   Alphabetical archive of all ‘Peace Words’ resources . . .    

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Ritual Words

What words express the depth of experience at peak moments in our lives? How do we articulate the feelings, the vows, the hopes? Words for rituals… baptism / christening commissioning communion confirmation divorce exorcism funerals home blessings memorials naming services Nine Night ordination renewal of wedding vows tombstone unveiling weddings Featured image: Umfundisi BK Dludla baptising […]

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Praise Words

Words of praise exhilarate and empower, catapulting us into joyful action. Explore these resources to discover ‘Praise Words’ relevant to your experience and situation.     Newest posts . . . (images link to posts)   Alphabetical archive of all ‘Praise Words’ resources . . .    

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Meditation Words

Words to slow the pulse, calm the breath, settle the soul . . . Explore these resources to find Meditation Words relevant to your experience and situation.     Newest posts . . . (images link to posts)   Alphabetical archive of all ‘Meditation Words’ resources . . .    

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Words of Justice

With words we cry out for justice in our lives and our world. Explore these resources to discover ‘Justice Words’ relevant to your experience and situation.     Newest posts . . . (images link to posts)   Alphabetical archive of all ‘Justice Words’ resources . . .      

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Strengthening Words

Words connect us to the power and strength we need to meet the day. Explore these resources to find ‘Strengthening Words’ relevant to your experience and situation.     Newest posts . . . (images link to posts)   Alphabetical archive of all ‘Strengthening Words’ resources . . . Featured image:  African Beauty in opalstone […]

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Healing words

Words can reach out to pain and suffering, bringing renewal and new life. Explore these resources to discover ‘Healing Words’ relevant to your experience and situation.     Newest posts . . . (images link to posts)   Alphabetical archive of all ‘Healing Words’ resources . . .  

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Prayer arising from 1 Samuel 3:1-10 — Cara Heafey, UK

Prayers of Approach Second Sunday of Epiphany, Year B Trinity Sunday Second Sunday of Pentecost, Year B   God our creator: You spoke the universe into being Your word is the source of all life You spoke through the prophets You speak to us still We praise you!   Jesus, teacher, storyteller: You spoke and […]

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Epiphany

Wise ones… Magi… Kings, queens, rulers… Astronomers… What words do we use to tell the story of those traveling from the east? Those arriving with gifts? Those growing in wisdom as a result of encountering the Presence of Love? Worship resources for Epiphany — an alphabetical listing  (Further resources for the Epiphany Season are listed under […]

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