Lectionary Year C words

Advent…

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

Jeremiah 33:14-16

Psalm 25:1-10

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

Luke 21:25-36

Prayers for our world — words of Pope Frances adapted by Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson

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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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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Advent Prayer — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, Colorado USA

Holy God, during this busy season of Advent, We pray for our World. We seek your light in the midst of darkness, Your peace in the midst of violence, Your love in the midst of discord, Your courage in the face of fear, And your wisdom to guide us.   Help us to be messengers […]

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Open Table service – Advent

Open Table Worship  uses inclusive language and imagery for intimate worship settings at which everyone is welcome and valued   Advent Theme:  Hope: Light in the darkness A complete worship service weaving together scripture, song, reflection & conversation Compiled & written by Ana Gobledale for Open Table This service is designed for a congregation gathered around tables.  It […]

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Advent Hope, Luke 3: 5-6 — Kay Lowe-Wendling, USA

Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God. — Luke 3: 5-6 Every valley shall be filled: may our low places, our wrong doings of the past, […]

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December prayer of thanks — Loren McGrail, USA

This month I desire to be still and know that You are God! To marvel in the miracle of You becoming flesh! To be continually mindful that You are a Light of revelation to me! That You are alive and active in me! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!    Loren writes a blog.  

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Home, Luke 2:4 — Amelia Dress, USA

Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. — Luke 2:4   We all long to find a real home: the place where our pasts and our futures intersect. As we metaphorically journey […]

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Advent Prayer: God’s Timing — Ted Loder

  This Advent prayer would be appropriate for either a Longest Night or Blue Christmas service.   God’s Timing O God of all seasons and senses, grant us the sense of your timing to submit gracefully and rejoice quietly in the turn of the seasons. In this season of short days and long nights, of grey and […]

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Christmas Carols with Justice — SimpleLiving, USA

Simple Living provides lyrics for Christmas Carols with Justice. The verses blend traditional and bold progressive language.  They are easy to use and bring the real world into Christmas. “Jesus’ birth has taken on much cultural significance as a celebration of good will, warm feelings and excessive consumerism. These new stanzas help to connect his birth […]

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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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Scouts International Peace Light Service

Each Advent season, the Scout International Peace Light travels from Bethlehem around the world. Towns and faith communities hold services for receiving the light and for sending it forth. These resources are for use in a Peace Light Service. Peace Light Prayer May the kindly spirit of Christmas spread its radiance far and wide, So all the […]

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Prayer for the Beginning of Advent — Mary Luti, USA

You give us Advent, Lord, and we are grateful and glad to abide in your time, urgent, yet measured, imagining life. You give us Advent, Lord, and we are grateful and glad to watch by your light, candid, yet hidden, sharp as a truth. You give us Advent, Lord, and we are grateful and glad […]

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Malachi 3:1-4

Luke 1:68-79

Philippians 1:3-11

Luke 3:1-6

Zephaniah 3:14-20

Isaiah 12:2-6

Philippians 4:4-7

Luke 3:7-18

 

Open Table service – Advent

Open Table Worship  uses inclusive language and imagery for intimate worship settings at which everyone is welcome and valued   Advent Theme:  Hope: Light in the darkness A complete worship service weaving together scripture, song, reflection & conversation Compiled & written by Ana Gobledale for Open Table This service is designed for a congregation gathered around tables.  It […]

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Advent Hope, Luke 3: 5-6 — Kay Lowe-Wendling, USA

Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God. — Luke 3: 5-6 Every valley shall be filled: may our low places, our wrong doings of the past, […]

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Micah 5:2-5a or Psalm 80:1-7

Hebrews 10:5-10

Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)

 

Virgin Monologue — Jim Burklo, USA

 “‘God did it’ isn’t an explanation,” said Joseph. He got no account for the baby’s chromosomes, No description of the mechanism that Transmuted the divine shadow into royal blood. “‘The devil made me do it’ would have sounded better to me,” said Joseph, Though it never did him any good When he said it to […]

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Christmas…
Christmas Shepherds

Isaiah 9:2-7

Psalm 96

Titus 2:11-14

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

or

Isaiah 62:6-12

Psalm 97

Titus 3:4-7

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

or

Isaiah 52:7-10

Psalm 98

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

John 1:1-14

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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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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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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Gabriel’s Greeting, Mary’s monologue — Eleanor Hubbard, USA

Gabriel’s Greeting This dramatic monologue provides a possible perspective of Mary after Gabriel’s visit.   I’m a virgin and I’m pregnant. I’m shunned by my family and friends, and I’m engaged to Joseph, who may divorce me. Then some weird guy, tells me I’m favoured. Really, I can do without these favours, thank you very much.   […]

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Now Comes the Brighter Day — Bob Hill, Missouri, USA

For Christmas Day or Epiphany Ready-to-print download:   Now Comes the Brighter Day. – Bob Hill    Now comes the brighter day so wanted, needed now, reminding all that dark is stalled when love comes home to stay.   Now comes the brighter ray, a beam for all to show, a flame of fame, no one […]

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Las Posadas, Seeking room in the inn — Mexico

Las Posadas, a Mexican Advent tradition stretches from 16 December through Christmas, during which actors depict Mary and Joseph looking for lodging.  They travel throughout the town or city, followed by a procession of  children and other members of the community carrying candles.  A song is traditionally sung at each ‘inn’ along the way.  Jim Burklo has written new […]

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The Wise Man’s Confession — Jim Burklo, USA

A Christmas Poem What wisdom I have Awakens me to my blindness. I cannot see light itself: What I know of light Is only an alluring shadow Of what it is and does. From billions of years away in space-time, Through darkness intervening, At its inconceivable speed The light of an exploding star passes Through […]

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Season of Giving (in rhyme), for Advent — Jack Ouston, UK

A delightful reminder of the meaning of Advent and Christmas traditions for use in a Sunday morning worship service or a special Advent service. Written for 3-12 readers, with Scrooge-type voices (3, 5, 7 and 9) grumbling about traditions and other voices offering meaning. Easily read by adults without any rehearsal — just distribute a […]

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Shepherd’s Report, Luke 2 — Cara Heafey, UK

Luke 2:8-20 A shepherd’s recollection of that first Christmas, read as a dramatic monologue Note: shepherds and angel may be presented as female or male as desired.    Script It’s true! It sounds crazy, I know, but I’m telling you, it’s true. It was the most wonderful thing. We had the sheep in the fold […]

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Christmas blessing — Cara Heafey, UK

Let us go from this place proclaiming that we have seen the glory of God 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 […]

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Advent/Christmas Prayer of Approach — Cara Heafey, UK

This prayer might be used on the 4th Sunday of Advent, Christmas Day or for a Lessons and Carols service.   This morning we have come to tell again The story of angels and shepherds Of disbelieving fathers and unlikely mothers   This morning we have come to hear again The good, good news Of […]

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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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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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Christmas Words of Assurance

As you gather with your loved ones this year, or pause to remember those you are missing most at this time, know that you are surrounded by a wider cloud of witnesses: your wider church family. Held together in God’s arms, encircled by the love of Christ, and blessed by the Holy Spirit, may you […]

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Isaiah 9:2-7

Psalm 96

Titus 2:11-14

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

or

Isaiah 62:6-12

Psalm 97

Titus 3:4-7

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

or

Isaiah 52:7-10

Psalm 98

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

John 1:1-14

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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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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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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Gabriel’s Greeting, Mary’s monologue — Eleanor Hubbard, USA

Gabriel’s Greeting This dramatic monologue provides a possible perspective of Mary after Gabriel’s visit.   I’m a virgin and I’m pregnant. I’m shunned by my family and friends, and I’m engaged to Joseph, who may divorce me. Then some weird guy, tells me I’m favoured. Really, I can do without these favours, thank you very much.   […]

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Now Comes the Brighter Day — Bob Hill, Missouri, USA

For Christmas Day or Epiphany Ready-to-print download:   Now Comes the Brighter Day. – Bob Hill    Now comes the brighter day so wanted, needed now, reminding all that dark is stalled when love comes home to stay.   Now comes the brighter ray, a beam for all to show, a flame of fame, no one […]

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Las Posadas, Seeking room in the inn — Mexico

Las Posadas, a Mexican Advent tradition stretches from 16 December through Christmas, during which actors depict Mary and Joseph looking for lodging.  They travel throughout the town or city, followed by a procession of  children and other members of the community carrying candles.  A song is traditionally sung at each ‘inn’ along the way.  Jim Burklo has written new […]

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The Wise Man’s Confession — Jim Burklo, USA

A Christmas Poem What wisdom I have Awakens me to my blindness. I cannot see light itself: What I know of light Is only an alluring shadow Of what it is and does. From billions of years away in space-time, Through darkness intervening, At its inconceivable speed The light of an exploding star passes Through […]

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Season of Giving (in rhyme), for Advent — Jack Ouston, UK

A delightful reminder of the meaning of Advent and Christmas traditions for use in a Sunday morning worship service or a special Advent service. Written for 3-12 readers, with Scrooge-type voices (3, 5, 7 and 9) grumbling about traditions and other voices offering meaning. Easily read by adults without any rehearsal — just distribute a […]

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Shepherd’s Report, Luke 2 — Cara Heafey, UK

Luke 2:8-20 A shepherd’s recollection of that first Christmas, read as a dramatic monologue Note: shepherds and angel may be presented as female or male as desired.    Script It’s true! It sounds crazy, I know, but I’m telling you, it’s true. It was the most wonderful thing. We had the sheep in the fold […]

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Christmas blessing — Cara Heafey, UK

Let us go from this place proclaiming that we have seen the glory of God 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 […]

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Advent/Christmas Prayer of Approach — Cara Heafey, UK

This prayer might be used on the 4th Sunday of Advent, Christmas Day or for a Lessons and Carols service.   This morning we have come to tell again The story of angels and shepherds Of disbelieving fathers and unlikely mothers   This morning we have come to hear again The good, good news Of […]

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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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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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Christmas Words of Assurance

As you gather with your loved ones this year, or pause to remember those you are missing most at this time, know that you are surrounded by a wider cloud of witnesses: your wider church family. Held together in God’s arms, encircled by the love of Christ, and blessed by the Holy Spirit, may you […]

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1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26

Psalm 148

Colossians 3:12-17

Luke 2:41-52

 

Now Comes the Brighter Day — Bob Hill, Missouri, USA

For Christmas Day or Epiphany Ready-to-print download:   Now Comes the Brighter Day. – Bob Hill    Now comes the brighter day so wanted, needed now, reminding all that dark is stalled when love comes home to stay.   Now comes the brighter ray, a beam for all to show, a flame of fame, no one […]

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A slow dawning — R S Thomas, UK

The first king was on horseback. The second a pillion rider. The third came by plane. Where was the god-child? He was in the manger with the beasts, all looking the other way where fourth was a slow dawning because wisdom must come on foot.   R. S. Thomas, Counterpoint (1990) Shared by Sarum College, […]

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Christmas Carols with Justice — SimpleLiving, USA

Simple Living provides lyrics for Christmas Carols with Justice. The verses blend traditional and bold progressive language.  They are easy to use and bring the real world into Christmas. “Jesus’ birth has taken on much cultural significance as a celebration of good will, warm feelings and excessive consumerism. These new stanzas help to connect his birth […]

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

Year C: Sunday after Christmas 5th Sunday after Easter Try using 6 voices or 3 people with 2-3 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 […]

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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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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.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

Psalm 8

Revelation 21:1-6a

Matthew 25:31-46

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

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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New Year Call to Worship — Ana Gobledale, UK

This responsive Call to Worship might be used at a special New Year’s Day service or on the first Sunday of the new year. Ready-to-print downloads: New Year, Call to Worship PDF New Year, Call to Worship WORD People of the world, it is time to celebrate new beginnings. We step into the new year […]

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Prayer for the New Year — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

Quietly the New Year slips in. Are we now more fearful, the radio asks? More careful? More tired? Are we now more aware 
of the suffering,
the violence, the inequality,
the injustice in our world? Holy God, In this New Year, We seek you As we have always sought you. We need you As we have always […]

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Open Table service — New Year

Open Table Worship  uses inclusive language and imagery for intimate worship settings at which everyone is welcome and valued     Theme:  Welcoming the New Year 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. […]

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Prayer to usher in the new year — unknown author

May God make your year a joy-filled one! Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain, But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes; Not by making your path easy, But by making you sturdy to travel any path; Not by taking hardships from you, But by taking fear from your heart; […]

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New Year blessing — Cara 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, […]

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Confession of a New Creation — Lawrence Moore, UK

Pause before the prayer, allowing God’s Spirit to search your heart.  Make your own confession. Pause after the prayer to experience the reality of God’s forgiveness. The old ways are so comfortable, O God. They fit like old slippers; they feel like old friends. I don them more readily than my resurrection clothes; I live […]

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A Prayer for the New Year — Alfred Lord Tennyson, UK

In Memoriam by Alfred Lord Tennyson British Poet Laureate, 1850   Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light: The year is dying in the night; Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.   Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: […]

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With what words do we usher in the New Year?

Jeremiah 31:7-14

Psalm 147:12-20 or Wisdom of Solomon 10:15-21    

Ephesians 1:3-14             

John 1:(1-9), 10-18

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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New Year Call to Worship — Ana Gobledale, UK

This responsive Call to Worship might be used at a special New Year’s Day service or on the first Sunday of the new year. Ready-to-print downloads: New Year, Call to Worship PDF New Year, Call to Worship WORD People of the world, it is time to celebrate new beginnings. We step into the new year […]

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Prayer for the New Year — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

Quietly the New Year slips in. Are we now more fearful, the radio asks? More careful? More tired? Are we now more aware 
of the suffering,
the violence, the inequality,
the injustice in our world? Holy God, In this New Year, We seek you As we have always sought you. We need you As we have always […]

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Open Table service — New Year

Open Table Worship  uses inclusive language and imagery for intimate worship settings at which everyone is welcome and valued     Theme:  Welcoming the New Year 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. […]

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Prayer to usher in the new year — unknown author

May God make your year a joy-filled one! Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain, But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes; Not by making your path easy, But by making you sturdy to travel any path; Not by taking hardships from you, But by taking fear from your heart; […]

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New Year blessing — Cara 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, […]

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Confession of a New Creation — Lawrence Moore, UK

Pause before the prayer, allowing God’s Spirit to search your heart.  Make your own confession. Pause after the prayer to experience the reality of God’s forgiveness. The old ways are so comfortable, O God. They fit like old slippers; they feel like old friends. I don them more readily than my resurrection clothes; I live […]

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A Prayer for the New Year — Alfred Lord Tennyson, UK

In Memoriam by Alfred Lord Tennyson British Poet Laureate, 1850   Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light: The year is dying in the night; Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.   Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: […]

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Epiphany…

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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

Amen.

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

Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm 36:5-10
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
John 2:1-11

Now Comes the Brighter Day — Bob Hill, Missouri, USA

For Christmas Day or Epiphany Ready-to-print download:   Now Comes the Brighter Day. – Bob Hill    Now comes the brighter day so wanted, needed now, reminding all that dark is stalled when love comes home to stay.   Now comes the brighter ray, a beam for all to show, a flame of fame, no one […]

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A slow dawning — R S Thomas, UK

The first king was on horseback. The second a pillion rider. The third came by plane. Where was the god-child? He was in the manger with the beasts, all looking the other way where fourth was a slow dawning because wisdom must come on foot.   R. S. Thomas, Counterpoint (1990) Shared by Sarum College, […]

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Psalm 36 revisited — Liz Styan, UK

Second Sunday of Epiphany, Year C     Your love, O God, breaks the small boundaries of our understanding. Your faithfulness is not constrained by etiquette and protocol. Your righteousness is as firm, yet as fluid as the ever-changing face of the mountains. Your justice can plumb the depths of our humanity and raise us […]

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

Jeremiah 1:4-10
Psalm 71:1-6
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Luke 4:21-30

Love alone (hymn) — Stephen Best, Wales UK

  This hymn was included in Stephen’s ordination and induction services. Tune: Blaenwern     Any words which I may utter, Without love to reach their goal, Are no more than clashing cymbals, Empty gongs without a soul. Though I conjure future visions, Understand life’s wherewithal, And have faith which moves the mountains, Without love I […]

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Prayer of Adoration, Epiphany 4, Year C — Louise Gough, UK

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Year C Luke 4:21-30 and 1 Corinthians 13   God whose love is vast and measureless, wider than the universe, unlimited and infinite: In wonder WE WORSHIP YOU. God whose love will never run dry, will never fall short, will never fail: In wonder WE WORSHIP YOU. God whose love knows […]

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(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

Lent…

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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

Deuteronomy 26:1-11

Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16

Romans 10:8b-13

Luke 4:1-13

Deuteronomy 26:1–11, a Harvest drama

This drama might be used for Thanksgiving (USA or Canada) or Harvest (UK). It is easily adapted for First Sunday in Lent, Year C, when the Deuteronomy passage appears in the Revised Standard Lectionary. Parts:  Priest, Narrators 1&2,  Israelites 1,2,3,4.  Parts may be combined if fewer actors are available. The full script may be downloaded […]

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A Prayer for Lent — Cara Heafey, UK

Wild and restless spirit of God Accompany our Lenten journeys. Give us courage to spend time in the wilderness The place where you bring us face to face with ourselves. Help us to pray with honesty Help us to live with simplicity Make us hungry and thirsty for your life-giving presence. When we return to […]

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Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18

Psalm 27

Philippians 3:17-4:1

Luke 13:31-35  or  Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a)

Now Comes the Brighter Day — Bob Hill, Missouri, USA

For Christmas Day or Epiphany Ready-to-print download:   Now Comes the Brighter Day. – Bob Hill    Now comes the brighter day so wanted, needed now, reminding all that dark is stalled when love comes home to stay.   Now comes the brighter ray, a beam for all to show, a flame of fame, no one […]

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A slow dawning — R S Thomas, UK

The first king was on horseback. The second a pillion rider. The third came by plane. Where was the god-child? He was in the manger with the beasts, all looking the other way where fourth was a slow dawning because wisdom must come on foot.   R. S. Thomas, Counterpoint (1990) Shared by Sarum College, […]

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Psalm 36 revisited — Liz Styan, UK

Second Sunday of Epiphany, Year C     Your love, O God, breaks the small boundaries of our understanding. Your faithfulness is not constrained by etiquette and protocol. Your righteousness is as firm, yet as fluid as the ever-changing face of the mountains. Your justice can plumb the depths of our humanity and raise us […]

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Isaiah 55:1-9      

Psalm 63:1-8      

1 Corinthians 10:1-13     

Luke 13:1-9

Joshua 5:9-12    

Psalm 32             

2 Corinthians 5:16-21     

Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

 

Blessing for parents — Lauren Mallaby, Australia

Written to be shared with parents and carers at a church-sponsored child care centre. Easily adapted for Mothering Sunday, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.   If you made it on time to drop off, you are blessed. If you made it to drop off before pick up, you are blessed. If you made it with bits […]

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

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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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.”

 

Narrator: 

Here ends the reading.

May God bless our hearing with understanding.

Holy Week…

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Readings for Palm Sunday:

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29                      

Luke 19:28-40

 

Readings for Passion Sunday:

Isaiah 50:4-9a    

Psalm 31:9-16   

Philippians 2:5-11            

Luke 22:14-23:56 or Luke 23:1-49

 

Prayer of Confession, Face the music — Ana Gobledale, UK

Call to Confession Face the music. Jesus calls us to follow him, not just to another party of praise, but to the hard work of bringing God’s love and justice into this world of violence and fear. Let us prepare ourselves for this task by confessing our sin. Prayer of Confession One: Source of all […]

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Passion Sunday Prayer — Ana Gobledale, UK

When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this?’ The crowds were saying, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.’ — Matthew 21:10-11   God of the palms, God of the passion, we arrive at this Palm Sunday remembering and celebrating the story. We, too, need to ask […]

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Holy Week Challenge & Prayer — Loren McGrail, Israel/Palestine

Prayed at Saint Andrews Scots Memorial Church in Jerusalem . Setting the scene When Jesus came into Jerusalem for that last supper the crowds were singing and dancing. Palms were waved and coats were tossed on the ground—all for the victorious One. Hosanna in the highest. No matter that he came on a donkey instead […]

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Matthew 21:1-11, Palm Sunday sermon & drama, — Ana & Tod Gobledale, UK

We have used this introduction, conclusion and closing prayer book-ending the Sunday Morning Live drama as the ‘sermon’ on Palm Sunday. Possible sermon titles:  Not what we expected!  or  Two Kings: Take your choice!   Prayer: Pray with me.  God may the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your […]

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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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Peter stuffs-up, Palm Sunday drama — Ana & Tod Gobledale, UK

A Palm Sunday Dialogue with reflection Mark 14:27-31  (Year B) Introduction to Dialogue: Pray with me. May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of all our hearts be acceptable to You. Amen. Australians call them Stuff-ups. What is a “stuff up?” Wait for an answer. Yes! Blunders, errors, mistakes. When I commit them, […]

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Passion/Palm Sunday

What words express the hope, the anticipation, the surge of the excited crowd? What words fill the air of our worship centres?  filling the hollows of the week ahead? How do we express the shadow looming?  the darkness beneath the palms? Worship Words resources for Palm/Passion Sunday: Worship resources, easy access on this site:   […]

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Footwashing God: A Prayer of Intercession — Christian Aid, UK

A worship resource from Christian Aid UK   Invite worshippers to name situations and places of concern either silently to themselves, or aloud.   Footwashing God, We have named those names on our hearts We have spoken those situations out loud And we look forward To the time when all will know the shelter Of your […]

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Holy Week Challenge & Prayer — Loren McGrail, Israel/Palestine

Prayed at Saint Andrews Scots Memorial Church in Jerusalem . Setting the scene When Jesus came into Jerusalem for that last supper the crowds were singing and dancing. Palms were waved and coats were tossed on the ground—all for the victorious One. Hosanna in the highest. No matter that he came on a donkey instead […]

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Good Friday

Easter Saturday

Easter…

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Easter Day

Acts 10:34-43

or

Isaiah 65:17-25

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24      

1 Corinthians 15:19-26

or

Acts 10:34-43    

John 20:1-18

or

Luke 24:1-12

Acts 5:27-32       

Psalm 118:14-29

or

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

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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.

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by Carol Kreis, New Mexico USA

Acts 11:1-18

Psalm 148

Revelation 21:1-6

John 13:31-35

 

 

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

Year C: Sunday after Christmas 5th Sunday after Easter Try using 6 voices or 3 people with 2-3 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 […]

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Confession of a New Creation — Lawrence Moore, UK

Pause before the prayer, allowing God’s Spirit to search your heart.  Make your own confession. Pause after the prayer to experience the reality of God’s forgiveness. The old ways are so comfortable, O God. They fit like old slippers; they feel like old friends. I don them more readily than my resurrection clothes; I live […]

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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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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

or

John 5:1-9

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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!

 

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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(If Ascension not observed here)

Acts 16:16-34

Psalm 97

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

John 17:20-26

Acts 2:1-21

or

Genesis 11:1-9

Psalm 104:24-34, 35b     

Romans 8:14-17

or

Acts 2:1-21

John 14:8-17, (25-27)

 

Come Holy Spirit, a Pentecost prayer — Ana Gobledale, UK

A Prayer for Pentecost (Replace prayer concerns as relevant for the gathered congregation.)   Come, Holy Spirit, come, Breathe into the hearts of your people, like a dove, like a wind, like a flame. Like a dove, find a resting place in our land and around the world, bringing hope and peace. We pray for […]

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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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Our Pentecost — Joyce Dent, UK

Pentecost came once – long long, so long ago! What can it mean to us but to inspire perhaps? And yet could it be so that we might know the fire upon our heads and in our souls? Our lives might yet be changed beyond out wildest dreams – or fears? For we might have […]

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And they all understood, Pentecost reflection — Ana Gobledale, UK

And they all understood No missed messages No mixed messages Confusion moves to clarity Discord moves to harmony Cacophony moves to melody Agitation transformed by peace Individualism transformed by community Nationalism transformed by neighbour-sighting Flags waving to declare identity move to tabletops holding a common cup Strangers move into relationship And they all understand Message […]

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Pentecost — Steve Garnaas-Holmes, USA

You breathe in. You breathe out. You breathe fire, the making of stars, the winds of creation. You breathe a Word that goes out and lays hands on people to heal and bless. You breathe God in. and God out. You speak grace in tongues you can’t know. Look at us, walking around, glowing embers. […]

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Acts 2:1-21, Pentecost drama

The script is based on the text in the New Revised Version of the Bible, adapted by Ana Gobledale, UK Ready-to-print script: (for folding into a booklet) WORD Acts 2, 1-21 DRAMA Pentecost  PDF Acts 2, 1-21 DRAMA Pentecost  Actors/Readers: Storyteller, Peter, Disciple 1, Jew 1, Jew 2, Disciples (all congregation) PROPS:   Paper flames:    cut-out […]

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Pentecost Prayer — David Allen, Australia

Spirit of God, come among us on this Pentecost day. Make this day a re-birth-day for your people. Make us passionate in our faith, strong in our commitment, courageous beyond our imagining, and willing to love, and keep on loving, without reservation, we pray. Send your holy wind among us, not as a gentle breeze […]

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Acts 2, Pentecost Live from Jerusalem, Drama

Wirtten by Ana Gobledale, UK This ‘live’ interview of Peter and Andrew might be used as the sermon or message. Parts:  Andreas, Petros, Thaddeus, Reporter   Copies of script ready to download and print: Pentecost Drama Sermon   Word download Pentecost Drama Sermon  PDF download Leader:  Let us imagine ourselves transported through time and space to Jerusalem, […]

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Pentecost opening words — Rex Hunt, Australia

    Gathering Litany for multiple voices Act of Awareness Prayer     Gathering Litany Voice 1   Come, from every corner of the earth, Voice 2   from every time and place Voice 1   from south and north Voice 2   from east and west, Voice 3   gather… Voice 4   gather… Voice 5   gather… Voice 6   gather… […]

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Pentecost Hymn — George Stuart, Australia

    The Second Coming of Christ Tune:   Church Triumphant      Our Lord, our teacher, healer, friend, The One whose love shall never end, Back years ago he lived his life When times were harsh, in days of strife.   We look for signs of his return, But like before, we’re slow to learn. […]

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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.

 

Just Words, a poem (Luke 6:45) — Tony Robinson, USA

For it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks. – Luke 6:45 (Lection Epiphany 8, Year C) There’s a popular wisdom that says words don’t matter. It’s actions that are important. You hear it in expressions like, “It’s not what you say, but what you do that counts,” or “Your actions […]

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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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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,
forever.

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.

Amen.

 

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.

 

 

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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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.

Amen.

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

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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

Drowning.

Your hand rescued me.

Wounded.

Your balm soothed me.

Terrified.

Your peace encompassed me.

Lost.

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

 

Litany of Hope for Earth Day — Eco-Justice Ministries, USA

This litany was first used at an ecumenical Earth Day service in Denver, Colorado USA, sponsored by Eco-Justice Ministries and the Colorado Council of Churches. Biblical references include:  Lamentations 1:20 (Holy Week), Psalms 5:1 (Sixth Sunday of Pentecost, Year C), Psalms 31:14-15 (Holy Week), 25, Psalms 71:14 (Holy Week), Romans 15:13 (Second Sunday of Advent, Year A) We have […]

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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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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

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Amos 7:7-17

Psalm 82             

Deuteronomy 30:9-14

Psalm 25:1-10   

Colossians 1:1-14             

Luke 10:25-37

 

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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Amos 8:1-12

Psalm 52             

Genesis 18:1-10a

Psalm 15             

Colossians 1:15-28          

Luke 10:38-42

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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

 

Sending out & blessing, Proper 13 Year C — Cara Heafey

Year C – 11th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 13)   Let us go out with joy Awakened to the treasure within and around us, To bring transformation, challenge and hope to the world. And may the abundant blessings of God, Source, Saviour and Spirit Be ours today and always, Amen.

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Prayers for worship Proper 13 — Cara Heafey, UK

Year C – 11th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 13) 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 […]

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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

(Silence)

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

 

Psalm 139 retold — Cara Heafey, Oxford UK

I made you myself, carefully and lovingly. I gathered your molecules together, Scooping them out of them out of the dust, warming them into clay. I formed you, deftly With the skill and vision of an artist Into a unique creation. A tiny masterpiece. Your contours bear the imprint of my fingers. Your imperfections and […]

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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.

Come.

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

 

Prayers of the people — Jo Clifford, UK

Written for Seventeenth Sunday of Pentecost, Year C Note: There’s an invitation for all to say the line in bold. The prompt is always “Amma”.   Abba You are our mother and our father And we try to believe you love us Abba, Amma, Remind us we are not alone Abba We don’t always seem to […]

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Psalm 51 redux — Carla Grosch-Miller, UK

17th Sunday after Pentecost, Year C A response to Psalm 51     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 […]

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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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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.

Amen.

Luke 16:19-31, two dramas — Tod Gobledale, UK

1 Timothy 6-12, 17-19 Luke 16:19-31 – the story of Lazarus and the rich man 18th Sunday after Pentecost, Year C This might be used as a way to enliven the scripture or as a sermon starter Script: We have two stories this morning.  The first is from classical literature.  See if you recognize it. […]

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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

or

Psalm 137

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

Psalm 37:1-9

2 Timothy 1:1-14

Luke 17:5-10

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7

Psalm 66:1-12

2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c

Psalm 111

2 Timothy 2:8-15

Luke 17:11-19

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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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