Creation Communion — Ana Gobledale, UK

These communion prayers focus on creation. They might be used to celebrate Earth Day or during the Season of Creation. Genesis 1:1-19   Order of Service Words of invitation Words of confession & assurance Words of remembering: the communion story Words of gratitude God of creation and transformation, for this time together around this table, […]

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Prayers for 1 July, Pentecost 6, Year B — Ana Gobledale, UK

Prayers for our World (Intercession) In response to Mark 5:21-43 We turn to God, reaching out through our prayers of intercession, lifting up those near and far, known and stranger, trusting that even if our entreaties but touch the hem of the divine garment, they will be heard. Pray with me. God, thank you for […]

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Stilling the storms of life, Mark 4:35-41 — Ana Gobledale, UK

Stilling the storms of life, a guided reflection  Text: Mark 4:35-41   NRSV  (Lection 5th Sunday of Pentecost, Year B)   Prior to reading the passage, set the scene: Jesus’s days, filled with healing and teaching by the lakeside, have tired him and the disciples out.  In chapter 3 he asks for a boat to stand […]

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Renewal of wedding vows

What words can contain gratitude for years of commitment past? What words express our hope of continued love and fidelity for years to come?   This service, created by Ana Gobledale for use in London,weaves together words from numerous sources. It includes vows, blessing of wedding rings, and an opportunity to thank those who have […]

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Open Table –Growing in the habit of prayer

Theme:  Growing in the habit of prayer 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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Gardeners act of commitment — Ana Gobledale, UK

  A responsive reading to use at a Blessing of the Gardens & Gardeners service, on Earth Day, or any day in springtime.   LEADER:       Seeds we bring   PEOPLE:       for God’s blessing and use;   LEADER:       Hoes and trowels we bring   PEOPLE:       for God’s blessing and use;   LEADER:       Hands and gloves we […]

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Psalm 25, Call to worship — Ana Gobledale, UK

Gathering words inspired by Psalm 25   God is good, steadfast and true. Trust that which brought you here. Enter in hope and anticipation. Be ready to be fed and nourished. Open yourself to this oasis on the path of your life journey. Come! Be in this moment, this place. Shed the world at the […]

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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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Open Table service — Standing firm in our faith

            Open Table Worship – using inclusive language and imagery for intimate worship settings at which everyone is welcome and valued Theme:  Stand firm in our faith A complete worship service weaving together scripture, drama, reflection & conversation Compiled & written by Ana Gobledale for Open Table   This service […]

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Prayer for peace, Order of St Luke — Australia

Dearest Friend, gentle Spirit, breath of live, source of our being, from the peacefulness of silence, the silence that preceded Creation, your Word entered the void and said, “Let there be light.” This afternoon we sit mindful that we are kin and covenanted to that Word and to your light. We are grateful to you, […]

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Open Table service — Remembrance Sunday

Open Table Worship – using inclusive language and imagery for intimate worship settings at which everyone is welcome and valued. — prepared by Ana Gobledale, UK   Theme: Remembrance Sunday (UK) — Building Peace This is a full service including scripture, conversation, prayer, Acts of Remembrance and communion. A variety of resources have been included. This interactive […]

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Open Table Service — Blessing the Animals

Open Table Worship – using inclusive language and imagery for intimate worship settings at which everyone is welcome and valued — prepared by Ana Gobledale, UK   Theme: Blessing the Animals — celebrating all God’s creatures This is a full service including scripture, conversation, prayer, blessing liturgy and communion. A variety of resources have been included. Everyone […]

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Independence Day

What words for Independence Day? We’re free!  Alleluia! Free from what?   Free for what? Independence at what price? What words express our fears when we see ourselves becoming those from whom we rebelled? What words hold the power of our confession as the oppressors from whom others have sought freedom? What words express our […]

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Independence from what? for what? a confession — Ana Gobledale

Independence Day for Jamacia for Ghana for the United States of America   breaking away from oppression forgive us for the ways we keep others back down, under, behind, invisible breaking away from tyranny forgive us for the ways we claim privilege, power, prestige forgive us when we walk through an open gate and close […]

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Open Table Service — Harvest: celebrating abundance

Open Table Worship – using inclusive language and imagery for intimate worship settings prepared by Ana Gobledale, UK Theme: Harvest — celebrating abundance This is a full service including scripture, conversation, prayer and communion. The Leader’s Sheets include everything in the service (all text on this web page) in a ready-to-print and use format.  The WORD document […]

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Universal wedding service, for any two people

Written and compiled by Ana & Tod Gobledale, UK Universal Wedding Service (ready-to-print) PDF Universal Wedding Service (ready-to-print) WORD   Weddings are for everyone! Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, straight, queer, intersex, heterosexual, women, men, non-church goers, people blending religious traditions, infertile people… weddings are for everyone in love and ready to commit! Wedding services/celebrations can provide a […]

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Open Table Service — Star-gazing, God’s awesome creation

Open Table Worship – using inclusive language and imagery for intimate worship settings prepared by Ana Gobledale, UK Theme:  Star-gazing – God’s awesome creation   This is a full service including scripture, conversation, prayer and communion. WORD handout with photos  WORD  Leader’s Sheets   — This Word document includes all of the text printed below. PDF Handout with photos […]

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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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Easter drama, at the tomb — Ana Gobledale, UK

A dramatic litany for Easter morning At the Tomb — A litany for 5+ voices 1st voice: Woman, why are you weeping? 1st woman: We mourn these dark days of death and denial. Abandoned, betrayed, forsaken. Left alone. Jesus gone. Where have they laid him? 1st voice: Woman, why are you weeping? 2nd woman: We […]

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All-age Easter communion liturgy — Ana Gobledale, UK

This communion liturgy seeks to be worshipful, educational and inspirational. Children and youth might be used as servers and/or readers.   Welcome & Invitation Here is the table set for our special meal. The bread, the juice, prepared and presented. Ready to be served and shared. We remember Jesus sharing a meal like this with […]

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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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Dry bones, Ezekiel 37, a prayer — Ana Gobledale, UK

Ezekiel 37:1-14 Fifth Sunday in Lent – Year A 2 April 2017     God of life, hear my prayer.   Withered, cracked, pale Sometimes I feel like a pile of old bones Dry, brittle, broken Sometimes I feel as though all hope is lost.   Dry bones, hear the word of the Divine!   […]

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Baptism service activities — Ana Gobledale, UK

Baptism services often include several children in the congregation, and I want them to be involved and interested.  So, I often incorporate into the service a reflection/activity which includes group participation. I ask a group of volunteers, ideally children and youth, to come forward.  (The number of volunteers corresponds to the number of letters in […]

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John 1:29-42 Dramatised, Tod Gobledale, UK

for Second Sunday of Epiphany, Year A           Characters: (and starting positions) Narrator  (pulpit or lecturn) John the Baptist    (to side) _____________________________ Andrew, Disciple of John (to side)  ___________________ Disciple of John 2  (to side)__________________ Jesus (at back) _____________________________ Simon Peter  (to a wing) _____________________________   Script   NARRATOR   [at pulpit or […]

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Spirit of Unity, hear our prayer — Ana Gobledale, UK

A prayer for our church, community and world, originally written for Trinity Sunday     Spirit of Unity,    hear our prayer. We pray for your Church in all its many forms and manifestations: for the churches in our neighbourhood; For [church name], [church name] and our own church, [church name], We pray for those […]

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Thanksgiving prayer — Ana Gobledale, UK

Great Spirit, For the beauty of the earth we give thanks. For the streaks of morning sun we give thanks. For the warmth of family close we give thanks. Power of Love, Link us together in love. Shower our day with laughter. Create in us a commitment to re-kindle your kin-dom here and now.

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

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

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

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

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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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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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