Hopeful isolation — Ana Gobledale, UK

Isolated Broken Spreading Infecting Darkness descends How did it come to this? God groans The world whimpers. We cower Fearfully crying out, ‘Now what?’ What about our old age? What about our grandchildren? Be not afraid. Follow the light. Follow peace. Where? Into the brokenness. Into this new reality. Fear not. Into the unimaginable. Cling […]

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Lockdown — Fr Richard Hendrick, Ireland

A message of hope Lockdown Yes there is fear. Yes there is isolation. Yes there is panic buying. Yes there is sickness. Yes there is even death. But, They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise You can hear the birds again. They say that after just a few weeks of quiet […]

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Prayer for uncertain times — Moderators, United Reformed Church, UK

As so much is re-shaped by Coronavirus Covid-19, let us pray together for: people left unwell, beckoned by death or bereaved; people providing professional health care and advice, looking after loved ones at home or working to create treatments and cures; people shaping the response of nations and neighbourhoods, of commerce and industry, of service […]

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Pandemic — Lynn Ungar, USA

What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath— the most sacred of times? Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is. Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life. Center down. And when […]

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Words for a pandemic

What words do we use to worship in the face of a pandemic? What words express our hopeful faith, our doubting fear? What words do we share in our social isolation as we strive to create community singing from our windows and sharing video calls with loved ones? Prayers and reflections for these anxious times […]

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The bare essentials, a prayer — Ana Gobledale, UK

May our prayers today be for hope, patience, thoughtfulness and neighbourliness, for the homeless and those without means to stay clean, for everyone working to keep us fed and healthy, for members of Twelve Step Groups–such as Alcoholics Anonymous– who are finding new ways to hold their essential meetings. Photo by Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson

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A prayer in anxious times — Cornelius Plantinga, USA

Gracious God, Champion of the Universe, we so often fluff ourselves up. Aren’t we the only creatures who compose masterpieces of music and art? Don’t we govern ourselves, enrich ourselves, promote ourselves? Can’t we dunk basketballs, bat baseballs, spike volleyballs? Aren’t some of us masters of comic irony? Other creatures don’t practice rocket science. We […]

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God is beautiful, UK

Parting Words If we are the image of God: God is beautiful! If you are the image of God: God is beautiful! If I am the image of God: God is beautiful! If this community is the image of God: God is beautiful! Words from Morison Memorial United Reformed Church, Clydebank, UK Stained glass window […]

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Prayer for Peace — Hereford Cathedral, UK

O God, you would fold both heaven and earth in a single peace: let the design of your great love shine upon the waste of our wraths and sorrows; and give peace to your church, peace among nations, peace in our homes, and peace in our hearts.  

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Lighting a candle is a prayer – Hereford Cathedral, UK

When I lit a candle in Hereford Cathedral, I picked up a card that reads: The shrine of St Thomas of Hereford: a place where pilgrims have left their prayer for hundreds of years. Lighting a candle is a prayer When we have gone it stays alight — continuing our prayers of thanksgiving and intercession […]

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Inclusive Benediction — Jann Aldridge-Clanton, USA

Go now in the comfort and peace of the One who gave birth to us. Go in the assurance that the Comforter is with us always. Go to give comfort and peace to others. Divine Wisdom guide us as we go forth on Her paths of peace. May She give us blessings more precious than […]

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Mother’s Day is complicated — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

When using this reflection, ‘Mothering Sunday’ may replace ‘Mother’s Day’ throughout. Mother’s Day is complicated. Mother’s Day brings with it many varied emotions. Hallmark [greeting card manufacturers] would have us believe that it is all roses, breakfast-in-bed and hand-drawn cards. But we know and acknowledge that it is much more complicated than that. Some of […]

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Call to Worship Inspired by Psalm 23 — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson

God is my shelter, my protection, and my guide. I want for nothing, and I will practice thanksgiving! God invites me to places of peace and beauty where wildflowers bloom and mountain streams flow. God will restore me, and I will practice sabbath rest. Even when anxiety and fear threaten to overwhelm me, when depression […]

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Mothers: a responsive prayer — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

A prayer for Mother’s Day and Mothering Sunday The prayer may be divided into multiple voices, read by individuals or sections of the gathered congregation, e.g. left & right or east & west.  Thandiwe has written this for a congregation with clear sections known familiarly as west, mid, east and choir.  Replace those designations with […]

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Romans 5.12-19 — Duncan Wilson, UK

A version of Romans 5. 12-19 First Sunday of Lent, Year A Adam set the tone. From his time onward, human beings seemed destined to do wrong and the path of wrongdoing led to a dead end. There was plenty of sin about before we were ever given the Law. But when there are no […]

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Jesus bids us shine — Susan Warner, UK

Jesus bids us shine, With a pure, clear light, Like a little candle, Burning in the night. In this world is darkness, So, let us shine— You in your small corner, And I in mine. Jesus bids us shine, Then, for all around Many kinds of darkness In this world are found – Sin and […]

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Psalm 32 for today, Lent 1 — Duncan Wilson, UK

Happy are the people whose misdeeds are forgiven; whose failures are totally blotted out! Happy are the people in whom God finds no fault, who prove to be straightforward and honest. When we own up to our sins and do not try to hide our faults you take away the consequences coming to us. So […]

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Transfiguration

Transfigured Revealed magnificence Appearing in radiant glory Truth bursting forth illumination of wonder divine umbilical cord connected radiance raining upon beholders What words do we use to describe the indescribable? What metaphors bring us closer to the experience, the meaning? Whatever we think happened, however we interpret the story, this revered and remembered moment holds […]

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Transfiguration Confession — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

Christ, Brother, Teacher, Friend, As we look upon your face transformed by the light of Love, we confess that we have chosen to walk in the darkness of fear, prejudice, selfishness, shame and pride. As we marvel at your ability to forgive and heal, reconcile and make new, we confess that we have chosen to […]

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John 2.1-11, Prayers of approach — Cara Heafey, UK

By Cara Heafey, UK inspired by John 2:1-11, Wedding in Cana (Epiphany 2 Year C) Prayers of approach and confession Ready-to-download and print: Cara Heafey- Wedding in Cana – Prayers of approach and confession WORD Cara Heafey- Wedding in Cana – Prayers of approach and confession PDF God, our creator and provider, we bring you […]

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Praise Psalm 40 – Duncan Wilson, UK

Originally written as a responsive reading for the Second Sunday of Epiphany, Year A. Ready-to-download and print: Praise Psalm 40 — Duncan Wilson, UK WORD Praise Psalm 40 — Duncan Wilson, UK  PDF We wait patiently for the Holy One who hears our cry for help. lifting us out of the quick sands of fear, […]

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Let me walk in love beside you, hymn — Ray Stanyon, UK

Tune: St Andrews (Edward Henry Thorne, 1834-1916) used for Jesus calls us O’er the tumult Let me walk in love beside you All along life’s dusty road Hearing, knowing every burden Let me help to share your load Wounds and pain arise to rob us Of a love community Guard me from a self-importance Seeing […]

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Psalm 119. 1-8, Ephiphany 6, Year A — Duncan Wilson, UK

Praise from the heart: the Psalms framed and phrased for church worship Year A, Epiphany 6 Psalm 119. 1-8 How happy we could be if we could reach perfection, if we could just keep to the rules. How happy if we could follow orders with a willing heart. Some people do manage to steer a […]

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Gathering Words (Psalm 112) — Ana Gobledale, UK

Adapted from Psalm 112:1-10, Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Year A Praise the Biggest of the Big!* Happy are those who fear the Eternal One, who greatly delight in the divine commandments. They are gracious, merciful, and just. They rise in the darkness as a light for others. *Nkulunkulu, ‘the biggest of the big’ – Ndebele […]

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Wisdom for my Grandchild — Jim Burklo, USA

Written to welcome a newborn grandson, Jim’s beautiful and wise words can be adapted easily for any grandchild. My dear grandson, Jacob – Precious crown of creation swaddled in a blanket, Sleeping deep in heavenly peace – To the Love who is God I give thanks for your birth, And on behalf of this world […]

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New Year vestry prayer — Christine Haines, UK

Inspiring God, As we enter this New Year fill us with your love and energising power, so that our worship may be filled with gratitude for our many blessings in the past, and full of hope for a safe and fulfilling future. Amen One might substitute ‘move through this year’  for ‘enter this New Year’.

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