This impressive web site contains lectionary-based ‘sermons, liturgies, prayers, and articles from a progressive/post-liberal theological perspective.’ Rex Hunt shares numerous resources from a life-long career as a progressive minister in the Uniting Church in Australia. The site is easy to use and will prove a valuable resource to any progressive worship planner. Click here to explore Rex Hunt’s site.
While my liturgies are fairly traditional in shape, I try to be careful about language, images suggested, and the flow or plot of the liturgy. It's style is a blending of traditional and contemporary. I call it 'contemporary liturgical'. It seeks to use contemporary language and Australian images in an inclusive way through metaphor and story. ...In short: the weaving of story (what we tell) and ritual (what we enact) are ways we make sense of our world. Liturgy is not about the past, but life in the present. Thus worship is about celebrating life in the continuing, creative presentness of the sacred we call God.Rex A E Hunt
Laughing Bird is a well-known lectionary-based liturgical website amongst church folk in Australia. Nathan Nettleton has made his resources available for many years, and his archives contain it all!
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.
I have included her moving hymn “How Can We Sing a Joyful Song?” in Blue Christmas and Longest Night services.
Tune: “Lift up your heads, O Mighty Gates”
How can we sing a joyful song?
O God, our sorrows hem us in.
When pain and grief seem all too strong,
How can we sing a joyful hymn? (verse 1 of 4)
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is Co-Pastor of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware. To request free updates about Carolyn’s hymns, send an email message to email@example.com with “hymn news” in the subject line.
George Stuart writes hymns relating to the weekly Gospel reading. These original hymns include fresh and singable lyrics for familiar tunes. A comprehensive lectionary hymn index is provided. (Note: hymns for upcoming weeks are listed under “new posts” in the right panel.)
This active blog, Lectionary Liturgies, provides liturgies based on the the Revised Common Lectionary readings for each Sunday of the church year. They are posted the week before “for folks to use in worship, as they deem appropriate.” While the spirit of the language used tends to be open and welcoming, the specific words are not always inclusive, so some tweeking is required prior to use.
Thom Shuman is a poet and Presbyterian (PCUSA) pastor in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
A sample from the “Prayer of the Day” for 3 July 2016:
We offer a harvest of praise to you,
Spirit of joy and wonder.
You pour out your gentleness upon us,
so we might be energized to do what is right.
You patiently sit down to teach us,
using bold print so we might learn
lives of service, gratitude and humility,
if we but trust enough to listen to you.
God in Community, Holy in One,
may we trust always in you.