Remembrance Day, 11 Nov

With what words do we remember? With what words do we turn from the memories of war to the hope of peace?   Newest ‘Remembrance Day’ posts . . . (images link to posts) Remembrance services are held both in churches and at war memorials.  For some this is an opportunity to focus on peace. White […]

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Child of God — Steve Garnaas-Holmes, USA

I am a child of God, God’s beloved, in whom God is pleased. I dwell in the arms of God. You are a child of God, God’s beloved, in whom God is pleased. You dwell in the arms of God. We all are children of God, God’s beloved, in whom God is pleased. We all dwell in […]

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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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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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Prayers for Today — Caren Clarke, UK

Originally written for the fifth Sunday of Lent – Year A (2020)   Eternal One, we thank you for this opportunity to worship together. Please help everyone here today, to learn something new about you…   We pray for peace throughout the world and for everyone’s heart to be filled with love, so that we […]

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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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Psalm 138, Call to Worship — Ana Gobledale, UK

Give thanks to God! Celebrate God’s steadfast love and faithfulness. Sing of the ways of God, for God is magnificent!   or select a more traditional last line:  for great is the glory of God! Psalm 138 is a Common Lectionary reading on the 12th Sunday of Pentecost in Years A, B and C.

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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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Spring words

  Words for worship and reflection during the spring season… Spring We should celebrate This wildest Erupting In Spring. With colours recklessly Splashed everywhere In this the season of new Daily episodes Of wonder And delight…. — Ross Kingham, Australia Words for spring: an alphabetical listing of all resources:  

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Genesis 32:22-32 drama, wrestling with God – Pentecost 9A

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A Sermon Drama Genesis 32: 22-32 Wrestle with God, receive the blessing. Adapted by Ana Gobledale, UK   Downloads of full text, ready-to-print and use: DRAMA Genesis 32, 22-32, Jacob wrestles PDF DRAMA Genesis 32, 22-32, Jacob wrestles WORD The scripture passage recounts Jacob’s saga, his trials and tribulations. Let […]

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Contacting God, Children’s Message — Tod & Ana Gobledale, UK

Preparation:   Bag with telephone inside.  The telephone should be easily recognizable, as a telephone, by the children. Gather the children around. I like to face the children, with my back to the congregation.  I either sit on the floor or on a child’s small chair.  The children either sit on the floor around me or […]

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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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Open Table

Complete worship services created by Ana Gobledale specifically for use at the Open Table community worshipping at St John’s United Reformed Church in Warrington, WA4 6QE, United Kingdom. Links to a variety of worship services (complete, free and ready-to-print and use) are located at the bottom of this page.   What is Open Table?   […]

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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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Sending Forth: Let us tell the Good News — Lawrence Moore, UK

Let us tell the Good News: this world is not God-forsaken, abandoned to futility and destruction. God has not failed: This world will become the Realm of God. Let us live the Good News: care for the sick and suffering, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, struggle against injustice, care for the earth, so that […]

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Good Friday Ritual of the Nails — UK

This service involves each member of the congregation through actions.  Each worshipper receives a large nail upon arrival and is invited to interact with their nail at different points in the service. Following the reading from John 19 and Luke 23, they are invited to hold the nail for a personal reflection.  Later they are invited to […]

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Benediction — the Franciscans

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.   May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their […]

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