New on Worship Words

Sending out & Blessing — Cara Heafey, UK

Originally written for 11th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 13), Year C Let us go out with joy Awakened to the treasure within and around us, To bring transformation, challenge and hope to the world. And may the abundant blessings of God, Source, Saviour and Spirit Be yours today and always.

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Created for joy, Collect — Warren Hartley, UK

God, we sometimes forget that we were created for joy. Our minds are too busy. Our hearts are too heavy for us to remember that we have been called to dance the sacred dance of life. We were created to smile to love to be lifted up and to lift others up. O Sacred One, […]

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Jim Burklo, USA – theologian, hymnist & liturgist

Jim Burklo is a regular contributor to Worship Words through his weekly ‘Musings’ email.  Retired Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, Jim writes regularly for the ProgressiveChristianity.org liturgy project.  Many of his liturgical materials can be found in his book Birdlike and Barnless: Meditations, Prayers, and Songs for Progressive Christians […]

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Witness, hymn — Sam Goodman, UK

Tune: Go tell it on the mountain Chorus Breathe life into our witness Guide us in ways that share your message Rescue with your forgiveness And hold us safe in your love Remind us we are cherished Revive our very souls Restore us in your image Redeem us, make us whole    Chorus Renew your […]

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Peace I leave with you — St Martin-in-the-Fields, UK

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, A peace the world cannot give.” [Peace]* be always with you. And also with you. Let us offer one another a sign of peace. People greet each other saying “Peace be with you.” *original text: ‘The peace of the Lord’ From the service sheet for “A Celebration for […]

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Stephen Best, Cumbria UK – writer of prayers & hymns

Stephen Best offers numerous prayers and hymns through Worship Words.  Ordained in the United Reformed Church in Great Britain, Stephen serves in ministry in Cardiff, Wales. ‘Anyone wishing to make use of my material in worship should feel free to do so; a simple authorship acknowledgement suffices. Stephen’  

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Mother God, a prayer — David Long-Higgins, USA

Mothering God, Love me anew into life Bearing the birth Of a new beginning I cannot yet see Nor fully understand Yet know I need. Press into me a pulse Enlivening every deadness Shedding every fear Bearing necessary pain For new beginnings Required for this life You renew to rise. Grant me grace O Mothering […]

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Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA – liturgist & photographer

A contributor to Worship Words since its inception, Thandiwe, ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), serves in ministry at Loveland United Church of Christ in Lovedale, Colorado. Many of the photos on Worship Words are through the discerning lens of Thandiwe’s camera. Thandiwe’s Worship Words contributions are divided into five groups:  Children’s worship […]

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