Mourning the massacre in New Zealand

Words from around the world… What words can be uttered when our thoughts and imaginations are shattered? What words do we say aloud when we gather to worship? What words bring sense to this senselessness? Perhaps the silence between the words will offer the needed time for sighs and tears. From the United Church of […]

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Mothering Sunday (4th Sunday of Lent)

31 March 2019 22 March 2020 14 March 2021 27 March 2022   There are all types of mothers. There are people who are not biological mothers who provide nurture and love. What words do we use to describe mothers and those who mother? What words to describe our relationships with our mothers? Newest ‘Mothering […]

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I, Mary Magdalene, an Easter drama — Ana & Tod Gobledale, UK

What words do we use to describe the mystery of Easter? Bodily resurrection?  Spiritual continuum? Risen?  Risen indeed? What words might Jesus’s friends have used to explain their experiences that day? This drama presents words Mary Magdalene might have shared. Ready-to-print downloads of full script: Easter drama – I, Mary Magdalene PDF Easter drama – I, […]

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The desert is not alone — Angie Combs, Colorado USA

Sun light fades shadows blend united into layers Darkness shrouds The Night is not alone. Aged with patience Saguaro keeps watch his feathered guards at the helm ready The Crown is not alone Steady, enduring, branches like steel reach yearn cradle the stillness The Ironwood is not alone Vipers tucked in hiding coyote sings lullaby […]

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You could have…, a prayer of thanks — Lawrence Moore, UK

You could have given up on the world, left us God-forsaken, abandoned to darkness and despair. You could have shut your ears to our groaning, your eyes to our bleeding, your heart to our tears. You could have left us to live with our choices, our death-dealing, our cries of ‘Crucify him!’ But you are […]

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Lent

What words accompany us through the Lenten journey? How do we cry out? How do we express the cravings of our deepest being? What words comfort and challenge us in the wilderness of life?   Ash Wednesday resources: Lent resources:

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World Day of Prayer

World Day of Prayer is a global, ecumenical movement of Christian women joined together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday of March. The World Day of Prayer motto, ‘Informed Prayer & Prayerful Action’ signifies that prayer and action are inseparable. While the language used in the annual liturgy […]

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March Words

Worship resources for special days and events in March:       First Friday – World Day of Prayer 22nd – World Water Day 31st (2019) – Mothering Sunday, UK – 4th Sunday of Lent

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Progressive prayers — Rex A E Hunt, Australia

Prayers on every theme, for every occasion written over a 40 year ministry in the Uniting Church of Australia. ‘These sample prayers, written to be spoken, are logged in two groups: soft-theistic and non-theistic/post-theistic. They seek to be shaped by a progressive, post-liberal theology. When soft-theistic, they attempt to use new or different metaphors when […]

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Joseph in Egypt, drama – Genesis 45.1-15

Genesis 45:1-15  (adapted from NRSV) Joseph Reveals Himself to His Brothers   Full script, ready-to-print: Genesis 45,1-15 Joseph in Egypt – 2 readers PDF Genesis 45,1-15 Joseph in Egypt – 2 readers WORD Narrator:  Today’s Hebrew Bible reading is taken from the book of Genesis presenting the last chapter in the saga of Joseph and his […]

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Plough (Plow) Sunday – blessing the land

Plough Sunday is held annually the Sunday before ploughing commences. In English tradition, taking into account the warmer clime and Northern Hemisphere location, Plough (Plow) Sunday is held on the Sunday after Epiphany, the Sunday between 7-13 January. Farmers arrive in farm carts and tractors, carrying a ploughshare (a section of the plough’s blade) which […]

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Eternal Journey — Chris Roe, UK

As the crimson flame of life Breaks slowly Above the horizon, The white, frosted meadows, With trees and hedgerows Of sculptured ice, Speak loudly Of your presence. Once more Upon this journey, As another day begins, Without effort Or intrusion, Through the peace And tranquillity Of your silent voice, The moment becomes eternal, And the […]

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Prayer for reaffirmation of wedding vows — Ana Gobledale, UK

[names of couple], we rejoice to celebrate with you the reaffirmation of your marriage covenant, as you re-commit yourselves as  /wife and husband /  partners/ wives / husbands/ in marriage. [Use the terminolopgy chosen by the couple.]  This year you celebrate ____ years of marriage, your anniversary coming up on [date]. In this post-modern world, […]

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Blessing for a Minister leaving post — Kate Gray, UK

  Leave-taking blessing  These words might be used when a Minister is moving on to a new ministry or retiring.     [Name of Leaving Minister] – be free to rest, relax and retire. Continue to listen to the call of Jesus, whom we call Christ, to respond to Christs call on your life in […]

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Leave-taking prayer — Kate Gray, UK

  For all that has been in these full years of ministry we say thank you. All: Thank you God who holds us gently. For all funerals led, people visited, lives mourned, For all new lives welcomed, thanksgivings and baptisms celebrated, For all new relationships blessed and marriages marked, For new members welcomed, elders ordained, […]

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In Praise of Doubt (hymn) – George Stuart

Year C Easter 2 Reading: John 20:19-31, particularly verses 19-29. Not specifically on the reading but on the general issue of doubt Tune: Forest Green In Praise of Doubt Some people say, ‘To doubt is wrong’ We should not doubt at all; To question our beliefs, they say Could bring about our fall; But doubt […]

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Baptism, Christening, Naming, Dedication

Baptism – Christening – Naming  – Dedication What words do we use to present our children to God? To affirm their welcome by God? To welcome them into the family of God? Hymns and songs to use at a baptism, christening, naming or dedication: Worship resources for baptisms, christenings, namings and dedications:  

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As we come together — Meg Abel, UK

Loving God, as we come together to meet you today we take a few moments to focus on you. We bring before you all those who are gathered here. In our diversity may we be as one and offer you fitting worship and praise.  

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Speak to us, Vestry Prayer — Fiona Crowther, UK

Eternal One, We give thanks for all the people who gather here to worship this morning And for all the effort that has gone into our church activities this past week.  [If a special event has taken place, e.g. a festival, mention it here.] May our efforts inspire all who visit our church. This morning […]

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We were wrong, a confession — Lauren Mallaby, Australia

We were wrong: We were wrong when we closed the door and you needed us most. The people who claimed to follow a man who never closed doors appeared to slam ours when you were despairing confused hurt hopeless broken hungry thirsty for more. We were wrong when we pretended we couldn’t see didn’t know […]

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Progressive Perspective Liturgy — Pilgrim Uniting Church, Australia

Pilgrim Uniting Church in the City, Adelaide, Australia, has created an active website for worship planning ‘from a progressive perspective’ focusing on readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. This active website for worship planning “from a progressive perspective” is chalk-a-block full of ready-to-use resources! One ready-to-use item is an A5 handout (prepared to be double-sided) of each week’s […]

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By your side — Chris Roe, UK

By your side There is peace, A quiet place Of beauty and realisation, Where wisdom Seeks reason and understanding, Where myth is laid to rest By the reality of knowledge. By your side There is hope, That arrogance and greed Will not destroy, That selfless love Will prevail. By your side Life is sacred, A […]

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Prayer inspired by Psalm 36 — Ana Gobledale, UK

Epiphany 2, Year C This prayer is inspired by Psalm 36:5-10     It’s like standing beneath a street lamp On a misty evening. In the light, I see light, But objects appear blurry and obscured, half lit. God, standing in your light, I see light, But the path ahead appears blurry and obscured, seemingly […]

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January words

Worship resources for special days and events in January: 1st – New Year 6th – Epiphany 15th – Martin Luther King, Jr Day, USA 27th – Holocaust Memorial Day      

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