Ana Gobledale

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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Prayer before Preaching — Ana Gobledale, Zambia

God, prepare me. Proclamation Channel Instrument Prepared yet overtaken Connection Identification ‘That’s me!’ Mouth of God Beyond words translated Interpreted Confirming purpose and usefulness Use me, God. Keep me humble. Use me beyond my perceived limits. Today may I be on fire With your spirit With your word Consumed yet refined Given yet received Blessed

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A place around the manger — Ana Gobledale, UK

Who am I? The mother, a vessel for someone else’s plan? The father, not the father, standing sentinel? A shepherd, dirty and bedraggled, a loner from the veld? A magi, wise and discerning, hoping in star-studded messages? An angel, iridescent, illuminating and terrifying? A donkey, nuzzling the manger, hungrily searching for hay? A lamb, bleating, […]

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Marked at Birth – Ana Gobledale, Zambia & UK

Born white Into privilege and power No hiding Birth mark Marked at birth Step into access Step into education Seen as a full wallet/purse Walking with a shadow Of responsibility Of oppression Of exploitation So many wrongs How many generations must pass To be free of the burden of the sins of our ancestors? To […]

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Building bridges, Act 28 — Ana Gobledale, Zambia

Thoughts on partnerships and relationships Acts 28 To the ends of the earth Go and build bridges Go and connect Demolish dividing walls At least peer over them Search for openings Find points of intersection Along the many footpaths See not a single way Know your own path And cherish its rightness for you Pause […]

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Gathering Prayer — Ana Gobledale, Zambia

God, we gather in this place Home for our souls. Here we sense our true selves Renewed in wholeness; Scattered, now gathered in. Fragments re-united, re-connected Standing on solid ground Upheld by faith Renewed by love We open ourselves to you.

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Luke 23:33-43 drama, the crucifixion — Ana Gobledale, UK

Luke 23:33-43 – Jesus and the two criminals Told from the perspective of three Roman soldiers present at the crucifixion of Jesus. Appropriate for Good Friday or the 24th Sunday of Pentecost, Year C. Ready-to-print scripts: Luke 23, 33-43 drama PDF Luke 23, 33-43 drama  Storyteller: Today’s Gospel reading, from Luke’s account, reminds us how […]

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Experimenting with the Jesus Prayer — Ana Gobledale, UK

My family and I have experimented with the Jesus Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer. By removing gender-orientation and limiting phrases and inserting words that ring with meaning and truth for today, this prayer has remained a pillar of my faith practice. In the 1980’s saying nightly prayers with my children,  we replaced “Our Father” with “Almighty God.”  Today, with […]

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Call to Worship, Psalm 30 — Ana Gobledale, UK

Inspired by Psalm 30:4-5 Originally written for the third Sunday of Easter, Year C A responsive reading Sing praises to the Eternal One. Today we praise the sacred with enthusiasm. Rejoice in the morning light. We rejoice in the never-ending love of God. Sadness and anger have darkened our paths. Yet in the light of […]

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God, forgive my barns, a confession — Ana Gobledale, UK & Zambia

A prayer of confession and an entreaty for transformation, inspired by the contrast between the simplicity of life in Zambia and the complexity of life in the United Kingdom. (To create a group prayer, change ‘my’ to ‘our’ and ‘me’ to ‘us’.) God, forgive my/our barns My cupboards My bureaus Full to overflowing. Invade my […]

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Psalm 122 — Zambia’s voice

I was filled with great happiness when I was called to go to church. What sweet fellowship we find in you O wonderful house of God built on a solid foundation. You grant to us a sweet time of prayer, despite our different languages and cultures. There is justice in your presence. All people enjoy […]

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New verses for ‘How Great Thou Art’ — Ana Gobledale, Zambia

Creator God, your love abounds forever; Creation’s beauty fills the earth and sky. Your shimmering stars, your circling planets, Amazing power, creation does display. Chorus: Creator God, we lift our song to you, How great your love, how great your love. When through the veld and grassy plains we wander, we hear the birds, and […]

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Death’s welcome — Ana Gobledale, UK

Written in Salisbury Cathedral while listening toSt Matthew’s Passion by JS Bach and preparing a funeral service. Death Ceasing to be Becoming what? Breathless Containing all life Life-less Moving from Moving toward Leaving Arriving Shutting down It is finished Dust on the mantle Ash on the hearth Carried on zephyr puffs Lifted Unknowing Fear not […]

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Communion invitation — Ana Gobledale, UK

Friends, come in peace for all things are now ready. After or as the bread is distributed… The bread of life shared with you. After or as the juice is distributed… The power of God shared with you. After meal is shared… We give thanks to you, Source of all life, that you have refreshed […]

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Thank God for Church — Ana Gobledale, UK

Thank God for church! This might be read by numerous voices, responsively or by a single voice. Remember to pause and focus on firstly each attribute of the Spirit and secondly each specific gratitude. After each refrain, take time to consider specific people, activities, worship words, prayers, songs, sermons, and other aspects of church for […]

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Psalm 97, Call to worship — Ana Gobledale, UK

Inspired by Psalm 97 Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C The Eternal One cares for all creation as a wise and just ruler cares for a realm. Let the earth celebrate this truth. Light dawns for the virtuous, and joy for the upright in heart. Delight in the Eternal One, you who are just and […]

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Words to open a Church Anniversary service — Ana Gobledale, UK

  We gather, celebrating our life together     With gratitude to those who have gone before. We gather, looking ahead to our life together     With anticipation as we step into the future. We gather to worship and serve the living God      the God of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Whoever you are and wherever […]

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In the darkness and doubt, a prayer — Ana Gobledale, UK

Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday after Easter), Year C John 20:19-31 Eternal One, as we travel through life’s valleys, in the places of darkness, and despair, we know that you are with us. Even when life’s doubts assail us, we know that you still abide with us, watching over us. Strengthen our faith. Help us […]

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Thomas’s Doubt, a Biblical Drama for the Sunday after Easter — Gobledales, UK

Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday after Easter), Year C John 20:19-31 Acts 5: 27-32 *Bible quotations are from ‘The Inclusive Bible,’ Rowman & Littlefield publishers 2007 www.rowmanlittlefield.com Certainties & Doubts: a Biblical drama The worship leader interviews ‘Doubting Thomas’ discussing doubt, faith and our world today.  The script includes an introduction and conclusion and an […]

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Mary’s lament, monologue — Ana Gobledale, UK

Mary’s Lament – a reflection originally written for a Good Friday service. This dramatic monologue revealing Mary’s anguish and distress has been read effectively at a Blue Christmas service, also. 2 Readers:  Mary, mother of Jesus, and a Storyteller (narrator)   Ready-to-print downloads: PDF Mary’s Lament dramatic reading WORD Mary’s Lament dramatic reading Life often overwhelms […]

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Easter Children’s Message — Ana Gobledale, UK

Matthew 28:1-18 Do not be afraid.   Allow time for the children to answer each question.   When are you afraid? What helps you be brave? The Easter message for us, from God, is ‘Do not be afraid. No matter how scary things are, I am with you.’ Pray with me. God, thank you for […]

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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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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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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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Teenage Mary calls home, an Advent monologue — Ana & Tod Gobledale, UK

Title: I have good news…and bad news… Readings:  Micah 5:2-5a; Luke 1:39-55 This dramatic monologue, a phone conversation between pregnant teenage Mary and her Mum, was originally written as the sermon accompanying the lighting of the Advent Candle of Love.  It can be used effectively anytime during Advent. Notes: Mary pauses throughout the conversation when […]

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Blue Christmas service, complete — Ana Gobledale, UK

Compiled from various resources. Click here for a Blue Christmas service pdf download. This complete one-hour service is ready to print and use. It is a reflective service created for a December afternoon or evening. 16 readers (or double-up if fewer readers are available) Preparation and set-up: The worship space is important.  See suggestions on […]

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Acts 8 Drama, Philip & Ethiopian — Ana Gobledale, UK

The Holy Spirit propels Philip to the Ethiopian – a dramatisation Acts 8:26-40  (Year B, Easter 4) This might be incorporated into a celebration of baptism or the renewal of baptismal vows. Actors/readers:  Philip, Ethiopian, Storyteller (Narrator), Angel, Spirit Complete scripts — ready to download and print (2-sided): Drama, Acts 8, Philip & Ethiopian PDF Drama, […]

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Gravestone unveiling — Ana Gobledale, UK

How do we mark the passing of time after a death? What words do we share when we gather to install, place or unveil a gravestone or marker? This service has been used when unveiling a gravestone or placing a plaque at a grave. Complete Service ready to download and print PDF Gravestone unveiling – full […]

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What colour is God?, Children’s message — Ana Gobledale, UK

“Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness….’” Genesis 1.26 Lesson: Looking at skin colour to learn more about God.   What colour are you? Listen to this poem by Kathleen McGinnis, and see if you can find a colour that matches your skin. Some people are black like ebony […]

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Prayer for our world — Ana Gobledale

Living, loving God, thank you for the world around us, your splendid garden creation entrusted into our hands. Please grant us the wisdom to be faithful stewards of your earth: • Keeping air and water clean • Being mindful of energy consumption • Growing foods to share with all your people, our sisters and brothers […]

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God’s Angel, drama of Exodus 20 — Ana Gobledale

22nd Sunday of Pentecost, Year A Exodus 20:20-22a & 23:20   What do we think about ‘angels’?  What words express the phenomenon called ‘angel’ in the Bible? This dramatisation in which God promises to send an ‘angel’ can be used to open up reflection and discussion on the subject. Drama, Exodus 20 PDF Drama, Exodus […]

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Sharing, Children’s message — Ana Gobledale, UK

Colours of the rainbow Originally used to illustrate ‘sharing’ as presented in John 6:1-15 (Jesus feeds many) and 2 Kings 4:42-44 (Tenth Week of Pentecost, Year B). Preparation: In a bag: (I use the same cloth bag each week, so children anticipate that there will be something inside it when they gather.) a selection of […]

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