Gardeners act of commitment — Ana Gobledale, UK

  A responsive reading to use at a Blessing of the Gardens & Gardeners service, on Earth Day, or any day in springtime.   LEADER:       Seeds we bring   PEOPLE:       for God’s blessing and use;   LEADER:       Hoes and trowels we bring   PEOPLE:       for God’s blessing and use;   LEADER:       Hands and gloves we […]

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Open Table service — Pentecost

Theme:  Pentecost A complete worship service weaving together scripture, drama, reflection & conversation Compiled & written by Ana Gobledale for Open Table (with a grant from the United Reformed Church in Britain)   This service is designed for a congregation gathered around tables.  It can easily be adapted for a more traditional setting. The Leader’s Sheet includes […]

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Open Table service — Mothering Sunday

Open Table Worship  uses inclusive language and imagery for intimate worship settings at which everyone is welcome and valued. Theme:  Mothering Sunday: an excuse to talk about God   This complete worship service . . . weaves together story and verse inspired by scripture & conversation on the topic of Mothering and Caring. is designed for […]

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Psalm 147, call to worship — Ana Gobledale, UK

Inspired by Psalm 147 Written for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany in Year B of the Common Lectionary. To be read responsively, with enthusiasm!   Celebrate God’s grace! How comforting it is to know God always accompanies us. Approach God in awe! How amazing it is to consider that God has created each of us […]

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New Year Call to Worship — Ana Gobledale, UK

This responsive Call to Worship might be used at a special New Year’s Day service or on the first Sunday of the new year. Ready-to-print downloads: New Year, Call to Worship PDF New Year, Call to Worship WORD People of the world, it is time to celebrate new beginnings. We step into the new year […]

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Luke 2:22-40, Anna & Simeon drama

Luke 2:22-40   First week after Christmas, Year B A drama for 2-voices — inspired by the New Revised Standard Version Readers:  Storyteller & Simeon Click here to download a ready-to-print copy of the complete script: PDF Luke 2, 22-40 drama for 2 readers.doc WORD Luke 2, 22-40 drama for 2 readers Script (also found in […]

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Open Table service — Are Angels still speaking?

Open Table Worship  uses inclusive language and imagery for intimate worship settings at which everyone is welcome and valued. Compiled and written by Ana Gobledale, UK Theme:  Are Angels still speaking? What does the Bible say about angels? What do you think about angels? This complete worship service . . . weaves together scripture, song, reflection […]

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Open Table service — New Year

Open Table Worship  uses inclusive language and imagery for intimate worship settings at which everyone is welcome and valued Theme:  Welcoming the New Year A complete worship service weaving together scripture, drama, reflection & conversation Compiled & written by Ana Gobledale for Open Table This service is designed for a congregation gathered around tables.  It can easily […]

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Psalm 100, Words of Gathering- Ana Gobledale, UK

Pentecost 25, Year A Responsive reading inspired by Psalm 100     Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth. We will worship God with gladness; Come into God’s presence with singing. We sing, for God made us, and we are God’s people. Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving and praise. We give thanks to […]

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Reformation Sunday Children’s Message — Ana & Tod Gobledale, UK

Standing up to bullies:  Anna & Martin make change (reform) happen   I have something in my bag. What’s this? … DVD – Frozen Who has seen Frozen? Who are the characters?  Who do you see here? …(on the cover):   Kristof, Svens (deer), Elsa (ice), Anna (red hair), Olaf (snowman), Prince Hans Who’s the bad guy?  […]

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Open Table service — Standing firm in our faith

Open Table Worship – using inclusive language and imagery for intimate worship settings at which everyone is welcome and valued Theme:  Stand firm in our faith A complete worship service weaving together scripture, drama, reflection & conversation Compiled & written by Ana Gobledale for Open Table This service is designed for a congregation gathered around […]

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Prayer for peace, Order of St Luke — Australia

Dearest Friend, gentle Spirit, breath of live, source of our being, from the peacefulness of silence, the silence that preceded Creation, your Word entered the void and said, ‘Let there be light.’ This afternoon we sit mindful that we are kin and covenanted to that Word and to your light. We are grateful to you, […]

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Open Table service — Remembrance Sunday

Open Table Worship – using inclusive language and imagery for intimate worship settings at which everyone is welcome and valued. — prepared by Ana Gobledale, UK Theme: Remembrance Sunday (UK) — Building Peace This is a full service including scripture, conversation, prayer, Acts of Remembrance and communion. A variety of resources have been included. This interactive and […]

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Matthew 16:13-20 drama, Who do you think I am?

Matthew 16:13-20 (adapted from NRSV) 12th Sunday of Pentecost Adapted by Ana Gobledale, UK Readers: Storyteller, Jesus, Simon Peter, Disciple 2 (optional) Storyteller: Today’s reading comes from Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 16, beginning with verse 13. Jesus, Peter and the other disciples enter the district of Caesarea Philippi. Listen carefully to what Jesus asks the disciples […]

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Psalm 138, Call to Worship — Ana Gobledale, UK

Give thanks to God! Celebrate God’s steadfast love and faithfulness. Sing of the ways of God, for God is magnificent!   or select a more traditional last line:  for great is the glory of God! Psalm 138 is a Common Lectionary reading on the 12th Sunday of Pentecost in Years A, and 3rd Sunday of […]

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Deuteronomy 26:1–11, a Harvest drama

This drama might be used for Thanksgiving (USA or Canada) or Harvest (UK). It is easily adapted for First Sunday in Lent, Year C, when the Deuteronomy passage appears in the Revised Standard Lectionary. Parts:  Priest, Narrators 1&2,  Israelites 1,2,3,4.  Parts may be combined if fewer actors are available. The full script may be downloaded […]

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Prayer response to violence, 1 John 4:20

Adapted from a prayer written by Revd Terri Hord Owens, USA, originally forged in response to peaceful demonstrations and violent response in Charlottesville, North Carolina USA. God of Love, our hearts break at the violence in our world, the loss of life, the dishonoring of children of God, the vile insults hurled and the wounds of […]

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Matthew 15:21-18, Canaanite woman Drama, Pentecost 11A

Storyteller (narrator): Today’s New Testament reading is a story of Jesus being moved from judgment to mercy. We are reading from Matthew chapter 15, beginning with verse 21. Mathew writes: Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon.  Just then a Canaanite woman from that region, came out and […]

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Blessing for a Distressed Home

This service of blessing and exorcism was created in direct response to a request of a terrorised and frightened neighbour at Mfanefile, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. It has been used, with slight modifications, in other homes in Mfanefile, South Africa; Plumtree, Zimbabwe; and London, United Kingdom. Home dwellers consider their residence to be ‘haunted’ or […]

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Open Table Service — Blessing the Animals

Open Table Worship – using inclusive language and imagery for intimate worship settings at which everyone is welcome and valued — prepared by Ana Gobledale, UK   Theme: Blessing the Animals — celebrating all God’s creatures This is a full service including scripture, conversation, prayer, blessing liturgy and communion. A variety of resources have been included. Everyone […]

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Independence from what? for what? a confession — Ana Gobledale

Independence Day for Jamacia for Ghana for the United States of America breaking away from oppression forgive us for the ways we keep others back down, under, behind, invisible breaking away from tyranny forgive us for the ways we claim privilege, power, prestige forgive us when we walk through an open gate and close it […]

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Genesis 32:22-32 drama, wrestling with God – Pentecost 9A

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A Sermon Drama Genesis 32: 22-32 Wrestle with God, receive the blessing. Adapted by Ana Gobledale, UK   Downloads of full text, ready-to-print and use: DRAMA Genesis 32, 22-32, Jacob wrestles PDF DRAMA Genesis 32, 22-32, Jacob wrestles WORD The scripture passage recounts Jacob’s saga, his trials and tribulations. Let […]

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Contacting God, Children’s Message — Tod & Ana Gobledale, UK

Preparation:   Bag with telephone inside.  The telephone should be easily recognizable, as a telephone, by the children. Gather the children around. I like to face the children, with my back to the congregation.  I either sit on the floor or on a child’s small chair.  The children either sit on the floor around me or […]

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And they all understood, Pentecost reflection — Ana Gobledale, UK

And they all understood No missed messages No mixed messages Confusion moves to clarity Discord moves to harmony Cacophony moves to melody Agitation transformed by peace Individualism transformed by community Nationalism transformed by neighbour-sighting Flags waving to declare identity move to tabletops holding a common cup Strangers move into relationship And they all understand Message […]

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Open Table Service — Harvest: celebrating abundance

Open Table Worship A complete Harvest service using inclusive language and imagery for intimate worship settings prepared by Ana Gobledale, UK (with a grant from the United Reformed Church in Britain) Theme: Harvest — celebrating abundance This is a full service including scripture, conversation, prayer and communion. The Leader’s Sheets include everything in the service (all text […]

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Universal wedding service, for any two people

Written and compiled by Ana & Tod Gobledale, UK Universal Wedding Service (ready-to-print) PDF Universal Wedding Service (ready-to-print) WORD   Weddings are for everyone! Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, straight, queer, intersex, heterosexual, women, men, non-church goers, people blending religious traditions, infertile people… weddings are for everyone in love and ready to commit! Wedding services/celebrations can provide a […]

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Open Table Service — Star-gazing, God’s awesome creation

Open Table Worship – using inclusive language and imagery for intimate worship settings prepared by Ana Gobledale, UK Theme:  Star-gazing – God’s awesome creation This is a full service including scripture, conversation, prayer and communion. WORD handout with photos  WORD  Leader’s Sheets   — This Word document includes all of the text printed below. PDF Handout with photos   […]

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Open Table – 12 complete worship services

These worship services were created, with a grant from the United Reformed Church in Great Britain, specifically for use at the Open Table community, a ‘safe sacred space for LGBT+ Christians & all who believe in an inclusive Church’, worshipping at St John’s United Reformed Church in Warrington, UK. Each service includes an Order of […]

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The work of spring, Children’s Message — Tod & Ana Gobledale, UK

This might be included in a Blessing of the Gardeners service, or used any time during the planting and tending season. Preparation Put several items into a bag:  Bible, flower bulbs, gardening gloves, small gardening tools, e.g. trowel. Take items out as they are mentioned in the script. Method I invite the children forward to […]

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Easter communion liturgy, involving children — Ana Gobledale, UK

This communion liturgy seeks to be worshipful, educational and inspirational. Children and youth might be used as servers and/or readers.   Welcome & Invitation Here is the table set for our special meal. The bread, the juice, prepared and presented. Ready to be served and shared. We remember Jesus sharing a meal like this with […]

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Breath of Life, hear our prayer: intercessions (Lent 5 Year A)

Prayers of Intercession arising from  Ezekiel 37:1–14  Valley of dry bones John 11:1-45        Resurrection of Lazarus Click here for a ready-to-print Word document:  Breath of Life – Prayers of Intercession, Lent 5 Year A Join me in a moment of silence to reflect on those things in your life that feel lifeless. […]

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Matthew 21:1-11, Palm Sunday sermon (with drama) — Gobledales, UK

We have used this introduction, conclusion and closing prayer book-ending the Sunday Morning Live drama as the ‘sermon’ on Palm Sunday. Possible sermon titles:  Not what we expected!  or  Two Kings: Take your choice! Prayer: Pray with me.  God may the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight.  […]

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Samuel (1) 16:1-3 drama, Jesse’s sons — Lent 4 Year A

This script is ready to download and print: 1 Samuel 16, 1-13 dramatised – full script ready-to-print Samuel:  Our Hebrew Bible reading this morning is the story of the priest, Samuel, that’s me.  I am busy searching for the King of Israel, and am not sure what to look for.  Finally, God, Yahweh, sends me […]

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Good Friday Ritual of the Nails — UK

This service involves each member of the congregation through actions.  Each worshipper receives a large nail upon arrival and is invited to interact with their nail at different points in the service. Following the reading from John 19 and Luke 23, they are invited to hold the nail for a personal reflection.  Later they are invited to […]

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Genesis 12:1-4a & John 3:1-21 drama, Abram & Nicodemus interview

“Bucket Lists” Genesis 12:1-4a, John 3:1-21 Lent 1, Year A Adapted by Tod & Ana Gobledale, UK Related hymn:  Abide with me Interviewer, Abram and Nicodemus sit in a row facing the congregation.  Three tall bar stools serve well.   Remember to speak to the congregation, not to one another.  Use your hands!  Big gestures! Minister/Interviewer:  […]

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Baptism service activities — Ana Gobledale, UK

Baptism services often include several children in the congregation, and I want them to be involved and interested.  So, I often incorporate into the service a reflection/activity which includes group participation. I ask a group of volunteers, ideally children and youth, to come forward.  (The number of volunteers corresponds to the number of letters in […]

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