Lectionary Year C words


Light up the Season, Anne Gilford, Colorado USA
Light up the Season, Anne Gilford, Colorado USA

Malachi 3:1-4

Luke 1:68-79

Philippians 1:3-11

Luke 3:1-6

Christmas Shepherds

Isaiah 9:2-7

Psalm 96

Titus 2:11-14

Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)


Isaiah 62:6-12

Psalm 97

Titus 3:4-7

Luke 2:(1-7), 8-20


Isaiah 52:7-10

Psalm 98

Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12)

John 1:1-14

Isaiah 9:2-7

Psalm 96

Titus 2:11-14

Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)


Isaiah 62:6-12

Psalm 97

Titus 3:4-7

Luke 2:(1-7), 8-20


Isaiah 52:7-10

Psalm 98

Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12)

John 1:1-14

1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26

Psalm 148

Colossians 3:12-17

Luke 2:41-52


imagePsalm 148:1-5, 7-13, adapted by Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

Try using 6 voices or 3 people with 2 sections each

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise God in the heights!

Praise God, sun and moon;
praise God, all you shining stars!
Praise God, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for God commanded and they were created.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
you sea dragons and all creatures of the deep,
fire and hail, snow and frost,
stormy wind fulfilling God’s command!

Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars!
Wild animals and all cattle,
creeping things and flying birds!

Rulers of the earth and all peoples!
Young men and women alike,
old and young together!

 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for God’s name alone is exalted;
God’s glory is above earth and heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

Psalm 8

Revelation 21:1-6a

Matthew 25:31-46

These are also the readings for New Year’s Day.



Isaiah 60:1-6      

Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14        

Ephesians 3:1-12             

Matthew 2:1-12

Sending out and blessing, Epiphany Sunday, Year C — Cary Heafey, UK

Let us look for Christ wherever we go

Let us never stop seeking

Believing that there is a light that shines in the darkness

Which the darkness shall not overcome


And may the love of the Creator

The joy of the Spirit

And the peace of the Christ-child

Be with you this New Year, and evermore


Isaiah 43:1-7
Psalm 29
Acts 8:14-17
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Luke 4:14-21

(Last Sunday before Lent)
Exodus 34:29-35
Psalm 99
2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a)

Not Observed This Year
Isaiah 6:1-8, (9-13)
Psalm 138
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Luke 5:1-11



Shrove Tuesday…

Ash Wednesday…


Joel 2:1-2, 12-17  or  Isaiah 58:1-12

Psalm 51:1-17

2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Isaiah 55:1-9      

Psalm 63:1-8      

1 Corinthians 10:1-13     

Luke 13:1-9

Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm 126
Philippians 3:4b-14
John 12:1-8

IMG_2097John 12:1-8 – for 3 readers -NRSV, adapted by Ana Gobledale, UK
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 Judas at dinner with Jesus in Bethany.

I am ready from chapter 12 of John’s Gospel.

Six days before the Passover

Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus,

whom he had raised from the dead.

There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served.

And Lazarus was one of those at the table with Jesus.

Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet,

and wiped them with her hair.

The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples

(the one who was about to betray Jesus), said,


Judas:  “Why was this perfume not sold

for three hundred denarii?

and the money given to the poor?”


Narrator:    Judas said this

not because he cared about the poor,

but because he was a thief.

He kept the common purse

and used to steal what was put into it.

Then Jesus replied,


Jesus:  “Leave her alone.

She bought it so that she might keep it

for the day of my burial.

You always have the poor with you,

but you do not always have me.”



Here ends the reading.

May God bless our hearing with understanding.

Holy Week…


Good Friday

Easter Saturday



Easter Day

Acts 10:34-43


Isaiah 65:17-25

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24      

1 Corinthians 15:19-26


Acts 10:34-43    

John 20:1-18


Luke 24:1-12

Acts 5:27-32       

Psalm 118:14-29


Psalm 150           

Revelation 1:4-8              

John 20:19-31

Acts 9:1-6, (7-20)

Psalm 30

Revelation 5:11-14

John 21:1-19

NZ sheep = by ClaireActs 9:36-43

Psalm 23

Revelation 7:9-17

John 10:22-30


Prayers for our world, inspired by Psalm 23 — Ana Gobledale, UK

Let us turn our mind and thoughts to others. We will lift up prayers for our world, our nation, our community and our church, responding with the phrase:

Good Shepherd,  Guide us in love.

Join me in prayer.

Good Shepherd, we hear the cries and joys of your people and lift them up to you.  Receive our prayers for our world.  We pray for:

[Invite people to say aloud, relating to our world, a name or issue on their heart.]

Good ShepherdGuide us in love.


We hear the cries and joys of your people and lift them up to you.  Receive our prayers for our nation.  We pray for:

[Invite people to say aloud, relating to our our nation/country/geographic area, a name or issue on their heart.]

Good ShepherdGuide us in love.


We hear the cries and joys of your people and lift them up to you. Receive our prayers for our community and our families.  We pray for:

[Invite people to say aloud, relating to our community/area/families, a name or issue on their heart.]

Good ShepherdGuide us in love.


We hear the cries and joys of your people and lift them up to you.  Receive our prayers for our church.  We pray for:

[Invite people to say aloud, relating to our church/ faith community, a name or issue on their heart.]

Good ShepherdGuide us in love.


We hear the cries and joys of your people and lift them up to you.  In the silence of this moment, receive the prayers of our hearts.  [pause]

Good ShepherdGuide us in love.


We hear the cries of your people, Eternal One.  Show us how to be your hands, feet and voice in our world.  Receive our prayers, spoken and unspoken, humbly lifted to you.  Amen.

Carol Kreis - cathedral windows
by Carol Kreis, New Mexico USA

Acts 11:1-18

Psalm 148

Revelation 21:1-6

John 13:31-35



Responsive Call to Worship Inspired by Psalm 148

Praise the Eternal One!

Who will praise God from the heavens?

Group 1:   We are the sun, the moon and all the stars; we will praise God!

Group 2.  We are the clouds, the thunder, the rain; we will praise the Eternal One!

Who will praise God from the earth?

Group 1:  We are the beasts of the sea and land; we will praise God!

Group 2:  We are the seeds that grow in the fields, the trees that cover the mountains; we will praise the Eternal One!

Who will praise the Creator of all Life?

Group 1: Young and old, rich and poor, we will remain faithful and praise the Eternal One!

Group 2: Together, we will worship and serve the Source of Life!

Acts 16:9-15

Psalm 67

Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5

John 14:23-29


John 5:1-9


Call to Worship — Ana Gobledale, UK
(based on Psalm 67)

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 blessings reach to all people.
Let us worship this amazing Spirit of the Universe!


(If Ascension not observed here)

Acts 16:16-34

Psalm 97

Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21

John 17:20-26

Season after Pentecost

Pentecost banner, Romsey Abbey UK

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31

Psalm 8                  

Romans 5:1-5    

John 16:12-15

1 Kings 18:20-21, (22-29), 30-39

Psalm 96             

1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43

Psalm 96:1-9      

Galatians 1:1-12               

Luke 7:1-10

1 Kings 17:8-16, (17-24)

Psalm 146           

1 Kings 17:17-24

Psalm 30             

Galatians 1:11-24             

Luke 7:11-17


Call to Worship (inspired by Psalm 30:4-5), Ana Gobledale, UK

–A responsive reading

imageSing 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 celebrate a new day.


1 Kings 21:1-10, (11-14), 15-21a

Psalm 5:1-8

2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15

Psalm 32

Galatians 2:15-21

Luke 7:36-8:3


Call to Worship (inspired by Psalm 32), Ana Gobledale, UK

Trust in the Eternal One

We come in hope.

Rejoice in God’s unfailing love.

We come in faith.

Celebrate the forgiveness that is ours.

We come to sing with gladness.


Psalm 32 Redux, Carla Grosch-Miller, UK

Sky near StonehengeBlessed are we who seek to know the whole of who we are:

The gifts The limits
The light The shadows
The strengths The weaknesses
The saint The sinner

Who know, accept and seek to live in truth,
Who readily say ‘I’m sorry’ and learn from mistakes,
Who seek the good for all creatures
in the finitude of possibility.

For the weight of harm caused
bears down heavily.
The heart so burdened
cannot sing.
Strength is sapped,
the will paralysed.

Only truth sets us free,
truth and forgiveness,
the deep and gentle acceptance of condition,
the slate wiped clean
to permit love to be writ anew.

Let all burdened seek truth and freedom,
attend to the consequences of choices,
extend and accept the balm of forgiveness,
and face into the future with hope.
Love is come again.

In the depths of silence
and the words of the wise,
our hearts are instructed.
This is the invitation; heed it well.
For torment need not be our lot.
Trust in steadfast love
and the power that moves in all things
to give us life.

Be glad and rejoice.
Love is come again,
and again,

Used with the permission of the author, from Carla’s book Psalms Redux


Opening Prayer (inspired by Psalm 32), Ana Gobledale, UK

Claire dancing in NZEternal 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 and our regret.  You have relieved us from our harsh self-condemnation.

You have freed us to start anew,

not by covering up our past, not by falsifying the records, not by altering our memories, but by removing the harsh judgements.

No secrets: you expose us in all our vulnerability, but there is no fear.

Our groaning, our suffering, even when we place the blame on you,

you soften, you ease, you forgive.

With your hand upon us, truth persists and breaks through our preconceptions, our misconceptions.

Your mercy buoys us.

Your promises deliver us, protect us, surround us.

When we kick like a horse or dig in like a mule, you coax us forward with a loving eye.

With wise counsel and instruction, you calm us and guide our steps.

We celebrate your unfailing love

that enables us to stand boldly and sing your praises.



HYMN:  Jesus Comes to Dinner,  by George Stuart, Australia

Tune:  Hyfrydol  8787 D

For printable lyrics, score and powerpoint click here.


Jesus, when he went to dinner, he used every time and place

To proclaim God’s love and mercy, and display forgiving grace;

Jesus, when he went to dinner, used the time to voice his claim

That his message was inclusive, even for those caught in shame.


At this meal he was dishonoured by the Pharisee’s neglect;

Jesus suffered many insults, insults of such disrespect;

At this meal he was dishonoured but a woman changed the scene;

Those who saw her love outpouring, whispered, “Stop! She is unclean.”


Jesus knew that love flows strongly when forgiveness is received;

And this woman had a history but her guilt had been relieved;

Jesus knew that love flows strongly, not to earn a pardon sweet,

But as proof of sins forgiven; new life can replace defeat.


When we know we are forgiven we can feel release inside;

We can seek a new beginning; we no longer need to hide;

When we know we are forgiven then our love can gently flow;

With forgiveness for past failures we are free again to grow.



Aboriginal art from Mary McCowan

1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a

Psalm 42 and 43               

Isaiah 65:1-9

Psalm 22:19-28

Galatians 3:23-29

Luke 8:26-39

God ever-new and ever-old (1 Kings 19), Merryl Blair, Australia

A prayer arising from reading 1 King 19

God ever-new and ever-old,

Teach us to listen:

To listen with patience, when we want immediate answers;

To listen with openness to a new word, when we are more comfortable with the old;

To listen with deep respect to the roots of our faith, when we would prefer a new, flashy solution.

Teach us to hear your voice in stillness and silence, when we expect thunder and lightening,

To hear a renewed call to return, even when this means hard, incompatible work.

Teach us to listen, ultimately, with faithfulness, knowing that your voice can come in unexpected places, through unlikely people.

And, listening, give us courage to act.


Merryl Blair is Senior Lecturer in Old Testament at Stirling Theological College, Mulgrave, Australia

Friends, Mfanefile, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Friends, Mfanefile, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Psalm 133 redux — Carla Grosch-Miller, UK

Oh how wonderful,

how joyous it is

when we dwell together

in peace and unity.


It is like a good meal,

the satisfaction

of a full belly.


It is like hearty laughter,

cleansing tears,

knowing looks.


It is like the freshness of the morning.

It is like the comfort of nightfall.


Here the Holy blesses,

now and forever.

Used with the permission of the author, from Carla’s book Psalms Redux

2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14

Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20        

1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21

Psalm 16             

Galatians 5:1, 13-25        

Luke 9:51-62

Call to Worship (inspired by Psalm 16), Ana Gobledale, UK

–a responsive reading

909Come! 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 One.

We delight in gathering as the Family of Faith.

Arise to worship God with gladness.

Together we will sing our praises!


Psalm 116 redux Carla Grosch-Miller, UK


Your hand rescued me.


Your balm soothed me.


Your peace encompassed me.


You found me.


Your healing love weaves

the tattered pieces of my life

into a garment of joy.


You gave me my life;

how may I repay You but

to live it – joyfully, gratefully;

to share the love that has made me whole;

to sing of Your goodness in the land of the living

and to die in peace when my time comes

– the Shema on my lips.

You are my God, You alone.

Used with the permission of the author, from Carla’s book Psalms Redux


2 Kings 5:1-14

Psalm 30            

Isaiah 66:10-14

Psalm 66:1-9     

Galatians 6:(1-6), 7-16   

Luke 10:1-11, 16-20


Amos 7:7-17

Psalm 82             

Deuteronomy 30:9-14

Psalm 25:1-10   

Colossians 1:1-14             

Luke 10:25-37


Amos 8:1-12

Psalm 52             

Genesis 18:1-10a

Psalm 15             

Colossians 1:15-28          

Luke 10:38-42


Hosea 1:2-10

Psalm 85             

Genesis 18:20-32

Psalm 138           

Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19)            

Luke 11:1-13


Psalm 138 – for 2 voices

Voice 1 lifts prayers directly to God; Voice 2 reflects on the nature of God.

Voice 2:   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;
I bow down towards your holy temple
and give thanks to your name
for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;
for you have exalted your name and your word
above everything.

On the day I called, you answered me,
you increased my strength of soul.

All the rulers of the earth shall praise you, O God,
for they have heard the words of your mouth.
They shall sing of the ways of God,
for great is the glory of God.


Voice 2:               

For though God is high,

God regards the lowly;
but the haughty,
God perceives from far away.


Voice 1:      

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies.
You stretch out your hand,
and your right hand delivers me.


Voice 2:      

God will fulfill God’s purpose for me.


Voice 1:    

Your steadfast love, O God, endures forever.

Do not forsake the work of your hands.


Voice 2:     

Here ends the reading.

May God bless our hearing with understanding.

Hosea 11:1-11

Psalm 107:1-9, 43

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23

Psalm 49:1-12

Colossians 3:1-11

Luke 12:13-21


imagePrayers — Cara Heafey, UK

Prayer of approach

Generous Creator, imaginer of the earth in all its rich diversity
You invite us to come as we are,
to receive the gift of abundant life.

Rabbi Jesus, story-teller,
You invite us to come as we are,
to sit at your feet, to still our hearts and listen.

Enlivening Spirit, rule-breaker
You invite us to come as we are
to join the feast, the dance of God.

Prayer of confession

Gracious God
We confess our greed.
To feed our insatiable appetites
we have plundered the earth and its resources,
stripped the forests, polluted the rivers,
depleted the oceans, poisoned the soil,
choked the good clean air.

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy

(or other familiar words including a response from the congregation)

We take and hoard more than we need,
leaving others without enough.

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy

We continue to feed the monsters that enslave us:
the large-scale industries abusing the planet and exploiting the poor
the corporations that value profits over people
the governments that scapegoat the powerless and vulnerable
the companies that profit from war

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy

Merciful God,
we confess our selfish desires
our envy towards our neighbour
our inhospitality to the stranger
our apathy towards the oppressed
our silence in the face of injustice

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy

God of truth,
we confess the lies we tell ourselves
to justify our choices;
the choices which harm us
the choices which harm others

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy


Loving God,
forgive us and renew us.
Open our eyes to the truth,
our hearts to love and be loved,
our hands to give and to serve.

Transform our desires
to reflect the values of your kingdom.
And in this spirit let us pray for a new order
using the words that Jesus taught us:
Our Father…

Assurance of grace

Our God is faithful!
We are forgiven; we are freed
We are beloved; we are blessed
Thanks be to God!

Isaiah 1:1, 10-20

Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23

Genesis 15:1-6

Psalm 33:12-22

Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Luke 12:32-40

Isaiah 5:1-7

Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19

Psalm 139

Jeremiah 23:23-29

Psalm 82

Hebrews 11:29-12:2

Luke 12:49-56


Jeremiah 1:4-10

Psalm 71:1-6

Isaiah 58:9b-14

Psalm 103:1-8

Hebrews 12:18-29

Luke 13:10-17

Jeremiah 2:4-13

Psalm 81:1, 10-16

Proverbs 25:6-7

Psalm 112

Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16

Luke 14:1, 7-14

Jeremiah 18:1-11

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Psalm 1

Philemon 1:1-21

Luke 14:25-33

imagePsalm 1 Redux,
by Carla Grosch-Miller, UK

Arising from the reading of Psalm 1…

Delight is born of discipline chosen.

Contentment grows with wisdom.

Deep listening leads

along a cairn-marked trail,

dew clinging to grass bent

by pilgrim feet.

The sky is blue here.

Birdsong lifts the head.

A cool breeze caresses the cheek.

Legs grow strong like tree trunks;

arms branch flexibly

and dance with the wind.

From each finger drips

a ripening fruit.

The water is fresh and clear;

the plain is broad.


Printed with the permission of the author, from Carla’s book Psalms Redux

Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28

Psalm 14

Exodus 32:7-14

Psalm 51:1-10

1 Timothy 1:12-17

Luke 15:1-10


imagePsalm 51 redux — Carla Grosch-Miller, UK


The depth of my suffering

in the knowledge of what I have done

is beyond my capacity to speak it,

beyond my capacity to bear it.

I cry out to the Beyond: Have mercy!

Remember my frailty

and the curse of my freedom.

Remember as a Mother remembers

the child whom she has borne.

Remember, and remind me

of the steadfast sureness of Your love.

Remember, and lift me into Your embrace.

Be as balm to me and as bath;

tenderly wash and restore me.

Grant me newness of life.


You awaken me to truth in my inner being.

I enter Your vast silence and listen:

the wisdom of deep structures murmurs.

You hold all contradictions and ambiguities

as though they are but feathers on the wind.

My significance collapses and emerges.


You speak to my deep needs:

to be forgiven,

to be known and still loved,

to be freed to begin again,

to live content, in joy and hope.

In You is life.


Create in me a clean heart,

and put a new and right spirit within me,

as only You can.

And I shall never stop praising You.

I shall seek to speak words that reveal You.

I shall lift my voice and sing of Your salvation.


May Your goodness ever flow among people,

and Your purposes be fulfilled on the earth.

Printed with the permission of the author, from Carla’s book Psalms Redux

Jeremiah 8:18-9:1

Psalm 79:1-9

Amos 8:4-7

Psalm 113

1 Timothy 2:1-7

Luke 16:1-13


Prayer — Ana & Tod Gobledale, UK

God, sometimes we feel like Lazarus—dirty, unclean, poor, with nothing to offer the world.

And yet, sometimes we are guilty of acting like the rich man.

Many things – wealth, possessions, beliefs, opinions, fears – can limit our hopes, limit our discipleship, and keep us from living and loving as you would have us.

We are sorry for the times when we get it wrong.

Cleanse us from all that hurts us, and help us to be agents of change in the world.


Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15

Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16

Amos 6:1a, 4-7

Psalm 146

1 Timothy 6:6-19

Luke 16:19-31

Lamentations 1:1-6

Lamentations 3:19-26


Psalm 137

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4

Psalm 37:1-9

2 Timothy 1:1-14

Luke 17:5-10

Jeremiah 31:27-34

Psalm 119:97-104

Genesis 32:22-31

Psalm 121

2 Timothy 3:14-4:5

Luke 18:1-8

Joel 2:23-32

Psalm 65

Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22

Psalm 84:1-7

2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18

Luke 18:9-14

(If All Saints not observed on this day)

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4

Psalm 119:137-144

Isaiah 1:10-18

Psalm 32:1-7

2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12

Luke 19:1-10

(Sometimes observed on first Sunday in November)
Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18
Psalm 149
Ephesians 1:11-23
Luke 6:20-31

Haggai 1:15b-2:9

Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21

Psalm 98

Job 19:23-27a

Psalm 17:1-9

2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17

Luke 20:27-38

Isaiah 65:17-25

Malachi 4:1-2a

Psalm 98

2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

Luke 21:5-19

Jeremiah 23:1-6

Psalm 46

Colossians 1:11-20

Luke 23:33-43