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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Call to worship inspired by Psalm 147 — Ana Gobledale, UK

Written for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany in Year B of the Common Lectionary. To be read responsively, with enthusiasm!       Celebrate God’s grace! How comforting it is to know God always accompanies us. Approach God in awe! How amazing it is to consider that God has created each of us and each […]

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

Prayer of confession and assurance of pardon written for Second Sunday of Epiphany, Year B   God of love, you know us inside and out. With you there is no point in hiding or pretending. You invite us into your presence, and we come as we are.   We confess that we often forget to […]

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Thinking like Zechariah, Luke 1:11-15 — Eleanor A Hubbard, USA

  A reflection for Advent Luke 1:11-15a But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son… . I can commiserate with Zechariah. I’m doing my work at the temple and a strange being comes and says don’t be afraid. […]

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Communion Institution — Jim Burklo, USA

            You bring alive what once seemed dead Your word becomes as real as bread Your love we taste in sips of wine Your meal reveals the life divine   Jim Burklo, Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, writes regularly for the ProgressiveChristianity.org liturgy project.  […]

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Heaven and Earth, a choral reading, Genesis 1:1-2:4 – arranged by Scott Ward, USA

  Based on The Message by Eugene Peterson: Genesis 1:1-2:4 Lectionary:  Trinity Sunday Year A, Epiphany Year B (Genesis 1:1-5), Easter Vigil Years A,B,C   Downloads:  full scripts, ready-to-print: (horizontal versions are easy for readers to hold) Heaven and Earth Choral Reading, Scott Ward WORD Heaven and Earth Choral Reading, Scott Ward PDF Heaven and Earth Choral […]

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Praise the Divine Gardener, inspired by Psalm 148 — Ana Gobledale, UK

Praise the Eternal One, the Divine Gardener. Who plants the sun, the moon, the stars in the heavens. Who creates earth, the amazing garden upon which we live. Who loosens rocks into teeming, incubating soil. Who spreads the seeds of life in the seas, land, and skies – which transform into beasts that swim, crawl […]

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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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At the Tomb: A Prayer Litany for Easter Morning — Ana Gobledale, UK

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 are afraid for our Leader. Humiliated […]

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