New on Worship Words

Psalm 24, Lift up your heads — John Edgerton, USA

This modern psalm offers ‘balanced’ gender language, not inclusive, but the powerful juxtaposition between the masculine language of NIV and the feminine language of Edgerton’s version is effective, so I’ve included it. — Ana Gobledale, Editor   With Apologies to the Psalmist ‘Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that […]

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Prayer for understanding — John Pritchard, UK

Living God, daily you create the world, remake it, and fill it with possibilities. When it comes to faith, help us to appreciate what we understand, to enquire about what we don’t understand, and to enjoy the journey in between… by John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford; from a Living Faith pamphlet entitled, ‘Christianity: a simple […]

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Called to Prayer — Ana Gobledale, Turkey

Written in Antalya, Turkey, upon hearing the 11:15 am call to prayer after a coach tour visit to a gold and gemstone showroom. Call to prayer slicing through the cold bended knee bended heart contrite God, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Gems of your earth Shining bling catch the eye catch the heart God, […]

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Mission Statement — Deptford Church, London, UK

A church’s mission statement can hold words of affirmation, hope and promise. Our mission statements, our statements about who we are, have an important place in our churches, not just posted on the wall or printed on the website, but proclaimed aloud in our worship.     Our vision is to have a healthy church […]

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Shepherding, hymn — Sam Goodman, UK

Based on the tune of St Clement – ‘The day though gavest’ Be with us in ways that wrap us in communion Unite us to be your church once more While we are apart bring us closer together In ways that your justice and mercy restore Be always beside us your word speaks to guide […]

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Election Prayer — David Ouston, UK

God of choice and purpose, as we enter a period before the election, we pray you give us wisdom with this precious vote. Help us choose elected officials who will stand up for all that is good and right in our community and nation. May this election be about policy and not personality. May there […]

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Praise God in Colour! — Tod Gobledale, UK

Children’s Conversation and Prayer Mark 10:46-52 23rd Sunday after Pentecost, Year B Supplies: Cards or another item in bright colours — could be felt marker or balloons, etc. Hold up cards of different colours, one at a time. Ask: What can you name that is… [the colour of the card being held up] orange/red/purple/etc? Repeat […]

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Take us, hymn — Sam Goodman, UK

Tune – Monk (All things bright and beautiful) Chorus Take our lives to live for you In ways that serve and bless Loving Christ in all we do In all our lives confess Lead us where we are needed To show your love is true In all things let us witness How great love comes […]

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Gifts of thanks — UK

Invitation We are created in God’s image, to be loving, helpful, caring and generous.  Let us joyfully present our gifts to serve God’s church, God’s people and all creation. Dedication Eternal One, these gifts demonstrate our love and generosity.  Bless them as they reach out into our community and to the farthest edges of your […]

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