I think without creeds — Gerardo Oberman, Argentina

A Statement of Faith (translated from the Spanish) I believe in the God who fired the first sun, who made life beat and who made it beautifully diverse, who went out to play, naked, through the gardens of the universe without fear of time, smiling, greeting the breeze. I believe in a God who befriended […]

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Fallen into Hope, an autumn prayer — Ana Gobledale, UK

Thoughts upon watching a small child dance with a handful of fallen leaves Fallen Wind-blown Brittle Cracked, cracking An autumn leaf Lifted in the fingers of a child Awed at the brilliance of fire orange And the prominent vein tracks Held high During the dance Twirling Eyes upturned to the heavens Delight In the face […]

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Lord’s Prayer in Lámnsò — Cameroon

Tàr wor wo wu dzeén e yuv, Yiì, ji wíri wáa ghvǝm yír yé, E kinyo ké ke vifon ki waàwiy, E wir ve nsay fèn e wáa yu ntirsé, Mo wir ve á dzeén e yuv, Fò ver vifá ve yi ve vi gheen ver len, Mà’ay ajay vér vinyo, Mo vèr mà’ay vé […]

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Psalm 8 Interpreted — Jim Burklo, USA

O dear One whose name is more than a name whose power I cannot tame O dear One I look into the sky, brushed with streaks of pink and orange at the dawn And am reduced to babytalk — ohhhh, wow…. I gaze at mountain ranges, parapets of stone And remember how puny is my […]

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Stretched, a prayer — David Long-Higgins, USA

O Love, Stretch me just enough To ready me for You And the calling You offer Already supported by You On Your great trellis of love. By your stretching grace Help me live expectantly Trusting You will reveal The holding and releasing Necessary to answer Your call often overlooked As daily or ordinary. Grant me […]

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God’s Garden — Alice Robson, USA

Alice, age 7, shared this poem as part of an eco-service for the United Reformed Church in Great Britain. This is God’s garden, God wants us to care. God also has asked, ‘Could we manage to share?’ God’s words plant a seed in our mind And God really wants us to try and be kind. […]

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First Responder Blessing — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

Written to mark the 20th anniversary of 9-11 You have generously devoted yourself to helping others — thank you. Your work requires you to be prepared for whatever comes: You make difficult and complicated decisions, often in a split second. You put yourself at risk to serve your community — often encountering those among us […]

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Prayer and Action for Peace — Ana Gobledale, UK

Peace Your promise Our hope Peace in our communities… Unite us to raise our voices against violence in our homes in our churches in our schools in our work places Peace on our earth… Unite us to take a stand, to act to become eco-churches to go green in our homes and communities to demand powers […]

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Peace Blessing — Elizabeth Tapia, UK

Peace to the world Peace to the city Peace to the village Peace to the desert Peace to other Earth Peace to the cosmos Peace to you Peace to me Peace to my neighbour Peace to whom it may concern Peace. Peace. Peace! This blessing was first used at the 2017 Salisbury International Women’s Day […]

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Communion hymn, The Hungry — Sam Goodman

Tune: Brightest and best are the sons of the morning Bread for the hungry A feast for the famine now Prepare a table To feed us and share Broken in sacrifice Dying to save us This gift you gave us Is your love and care Wine for the thirsty Your blood poured so readily Given […]

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Autumn’s Bounty — Ana & Tod Gobledale, UK

A responsive prayer Luke 12:13-21 Provider of Life, creator of the earth and all that is in it, we lift our prayers of thanks to you For the beauty of the earth that surrounds us, For spring flowers that dazzle us and summer’s greenery that delights us, For autumn’s bounty that sustains us and prepares […]

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Psalm 19 for Today — Ana Gobledale, UK

Proper 19, Year B 16th Sunday after Pentecost May the utterances of our lips and the very thoughts arising in our hearts be aligned with your will and your way, for you are the solid foundation upon which we stand and find our balance. Our speech and knowledge arise from you, crafted by your love […]

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Prayers in a Pandemic — Karen Jazowski, USA

Prayers of Intercession in a time of fear It is so good to trust in God. This world is scary and I remind myself over and over again that we can trust in God to never leave us, to be with us no matter what. We come to this community prayer, trusting that God hears […]

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In God’s Image — Karen Campbell, UK

I am a child of God – As you are. In my face is reflected the likeness of God – As in yours. Why then do you despise the colour of my skin, The shape of my features, Or the texture of my hair? Why do you think that I must think Like you, Act […]

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Autumn Images

A picture says a thousand words. Thanks to all the photographers and artists for sharing your work. Photos posted here may be used for worship and devotional purposes. Please acknowledge the photographer/artist.

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Prayer for Afghanistan — Ramani Leathard, UK

This prayer comes from Christian Aid UK, written by Ramani Leathard, Christian Aid’s Head of Region for South East Asia and Afghanistan. Pray for Afghanistan O God of mercy and of peace, We hold before you the peoples of Afghanistan. Be living bread to those who are hungry each day Be healing and wholeness to […]

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Great love, hymn — Sam Goodman, UK

Tune: In my life Lord be glorified, by Bob Kilpatrick Stand among us Pour out your hope, let your grace flow Take our burdens Hold us in your great love Come and rescue Save us from fear, make your Word clear Come and heal us Hold us in your great love Lighten darkness Shine down […]

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Describing God, children’s message — Ana Gobledale, UK

Materials:  a seashell — ideally with twists and hollow spaces If used in summer, take advantage of any connection available to the seaside. What’s this? [a shell] What words might we use to describe it? – pointy, smooth, hollow, full of air, hard, When we look at the shell from different angles, we learn more […]

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Black — Karen Campbell, UK

If the night sky wasn’t inky Could the stars shine so bright? And if there wasn’t darkness, Tell me, how could light be light? No dark depths of earth – How would the flora grow? Black is essential, don’t you know. You tell me black is no good – The shade of evil, shade of […]

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Unfolding – David Long-Higgins, USA

O Love, Unfold me anew; For my spirit easily tightens Around yesterday’s too much Sadness and loss and worry. Stretch me open With an energy not my own But given as the gift of Life Revealing beauty within Already formed by You Before I even knew to notice. Yes, Love, ground me In Your forming […]

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Psalm 84 Renewed — Duncan Wilson, UK

For Pentecost 13, Year B May be read responsively or by a single voice. Guardian over all the nations, how we love your dwelling place. Here, even the sparrow may find a home and the swallow make her nest, raising her brood beside your altars. Happy are those who are at home in your house. […]

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Prayer Experience — Ana Gobledale, UK

The Phenomenon of Prayer I’d love to say that I pray without ceasing, but I do, cease that is. I would love to say that I pray with understanding, but I often pray from a place of not-knowing. I would love to say that I pray with a deep sense of connection to the Spirit, […]

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Communion, Children’s Message – Tod Gobledale, UK

Pentecost (5 Aug 2012) Year B Materials: Loaf of bread (unsliced) Travel communion set Bag in which the above items are held (out of which they are drawn) Script: Pull out bread and ask:   What is this? When do you eat bread? When do we eat bread in church? Bread is important. Pull out communion […]

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Psalm 111, My heart swells — Ana Gobledale, UK

My heart swells as I think of all God has done… The brilliance of humanity – diverse and creative The majesty of mountains offering iron and diamonds The towering trees of ancient forests The delight of the ladybird and grasshopper The power of water falling, falling The justice of food for all – abundant crops […]

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Welcome: I come in peace, a Zimbabwe greeting — Tod Gobledale, UK

For Pentecost 11, Year B Supplies: bag (cloth is best, less noise) Welcome sign Script I have something in my bag…. (Take out a welcome sign or the word ‘Welcome’ printed on a piece of paper.) ‘WELCOME.’ What does ‘welcome’ mean? … take responses Safe Part of the group How do you make someone feel WELCOME? […]

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Matthew 25:1-13, Questions — Gerardo Oberman, Argentina

Questions for the teacher By Gerardo Oberman, Argentina Re-interpretation of Matthew 25:1-13 (the foolish maidens), lection for Proper 27 (usually 23rd Sunday after Pentecost), Year A Translated from Spanish by Katie Fiegenbaum Ready-to-download:  Questions for the teacher PDF Questions for the teacher WORD Perhaps you are asking me, teacher to be numb to the needs […]

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Healing prayer after trauma — Elizabeth Gray-King, UK

A prayer for healing after trauma Easily adapted for a group, e.g. using ‘our’ and ‘us’ God of all time, this time is difficult. My memories rush at me. My memories have disappeared as my mind manages each day. I am aware that others have had times like mine or worse. But God it feels […]

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Psalm 130 for today – Ana Gobledale, UK

So dark, so cold, so alone. God, where are you? Can you hear me? Where are you? My cries seem to vanish into the air. Do any reach you? I feel the waiting stretch so long. Then like the sun that shines before the dawn, Like the sun that shines below my horizon, Your presence […]

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What is worship?

Worship High Church Low Church In-between church A window into wisdom A portal into presence A receiving A giving A sharing Gathering to be fed by the Word Gathering to feast upon colour, flame, Gathering to feel the power of community Gathering to free the spirit

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Baptism Activity, PARENT — Ana Gobledale, UK

This interactive activity has been created for use at baptism services. Leader: I need some children to help me out, 6 to be exact. You will not need to say anything. (Provide as much explanation as necessary until the required number of volunteers stand at the front.) Give each child/volunteer a giant letter to hold, […]

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Bubble Prayer — Joan Smith, UK

Supplies:  Bubble-making paraphernalia Inside, individual small bubble liquid containers with wands suffice, as sold for weddings. Outside, any size bubble containers and wands will do.   An especially large wand might be used for a ‘big’ group prayer. Think about your week. What questions, worries or confessions do you have? What positives, joys and hopes do […]

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Psalm 145 Renewed — Duncan Wilson, UK

For Pentecost 9, Year B  You, our Holy One, are gracious and compassionate, long suffering and ever faithful. You are good to all; And your compassion rests upon all you have made. You keep faith with us and are consistent in all you do, supporting all who stumble and raising those brought low. All your […]

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Joyful giving

Invitation The Eternal One has given us all that is good, right and true.  What a joy to share these gifts with one another in the life of this community and far beyond our own reach.  In this offering, we return to God a token of our wealth in gratitude for all we have received.  […]

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Joseph, giving out of love, offertory — UK

Arising from the story of Joseph from Genesis 37 – 42. Proper 14 & 15, Year A  (Usually 10th & 11th week after Pentecost) Invitation to Give Jacob gave Joseph a special coat because he loved him. Joseph gave his brothers food because he loved them. We give gifts to our church/es because we love […]

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Discern — Sam Goodman, UK

So how do I know what you intend for me? What can I draw on to find the strength that I need? What word can comfort, what arms can embrace So I hear your words calling and look at your face? So how do I go from where I find myself now? How do you […]

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Walking through the valley — Ana Gobledale, UK

Walking through the valley of the shadow of death… Death accompanies us all. Waiting silently for acceptance. Not frightening, except for those who fear shadows. Peaceful. I’m grateful for those who show me how to transition from the life we know into this unknowable mystery. So many names and angles of understanding: eternity, resurrection, dust-to-dust, […]

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