New on Worship Words

Day’s beginning, middle and ending — Christina White, UK

Day’s beginning O God, You have birthed the world And us. You have washed us, Dressed us, Fed us, Set us on our way in the school of life. Give us courage to stand strong, To meet all that comes our way with kindness, Learn from all with an open heart, And remember always That […]

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Healing wisdom and flower kissing — Anna Blaedel, USA

I believe in mystery. I believe in magic. I believe in miracles. I believe in intuition. I believe Spirit seeks connection, through stars and trees and soil and flesh and beauty blooming and every movement of freedom and mobilization toward liberation. I believe divinity is moments of felt connection, resonances that spark and open into […]

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Wonder & delight, photos — Bruce Shotland, USA

My beloved brother-in-law, Bruce, died in May 2024.  His camera accompanied him on several of his final adventures capturing the wonder of God’s creation.  His lens also captured the events in his garden in which Bruce delighted.  May this selection of photos taken by Bruce bring wonder and delight to you, also.

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Eco-crisis Images

A picture is worth a thousand words.  (Apologies, when I shared this last month the images were scrambled.  Hopefully, this is better.) These images aim to both raise awareness about the urgency to care for creation as a response to the ecological crisis and to provide images for use in a worship service focusing on […]

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We wait, litany – Simon Cross, UK

Inspired by: Psalm 130:5-6  (quoted in the first two lines from the New Living Translation) Psalm 139: 1-16, 22-23 Silence:  a diamond symbol (♦) indicates a short pause. One: I wait for God; my soul waits, and in God’s word I hope. All: My soul waits for God more than those who watch for the […]

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Our Final Journey — Cara Heafey, UK

As we contemplate our final journey We face our deepest fears And recognise all that we long for. The whole of our lives has been bringing us to this point; The point of departure A threshold. Do not be afraid of the darkness. Let it enfold you like a blanket. Your ancestors have gone ahead […]

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Move in me — Steve Garnaas-Holmes

God of my breath, may the leaves of your trees in their billions open in me. The waves of the sea eternally bowing in prayer move in me. The cry of the hawk echoing in the canyon resound in me. The blessing rain coming down like tears, like hair, like a mother’s milk, come down […]

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Commissioning Service for Ministry Student – Barb Wilkins-Crowder

Note: Choose one or more church leaders (blend of ordained and laity) to participate as per your congregation’s custom or tradition.  Number the ‘Leader’ sections to match the number of leaders involved. Introduction: Leader: Today we celebrate, bless and commission [Student’s name]. We lift up their journey and commitment declaring ourselves to be their supporting […]

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We pledge our lives, hymn — George Stuart, Australia

This hymn might be used for welcoming new church members or in any service highlighting our call to discipleship. Tune: Aurelia (The Church’s One Foundation) Disciples here with Jesus In solidarity We now affirm each other Within our liturgy; In God we come together; In God we are as one; In God we can continue […]

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Day’s beginning — Christina White, UK

O God, You have birthed the world And us. You have washed us, Dressed us, Fed us, Set us on our way in the school of life. Give us courage to stand strong, To meet all that comes our way with kindness, Learn from all with an open heart, And remember always That the love […]

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