November words

Worship Words resources for special days and events in November: 1st  – All Saints Day 11th – Remembrance Day 20th – Transgender Day of Remembrance 4th Thursday – Thanksgiving, USA 30th – St Andrew’s Day November worship resources A-Z: Additional days of interest in November: mid-Oct – mid-Nov — Diwali  (date fluctuates)  Hindu Festival of Lights […]

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Creation Words

What words express our awe and wonder of creation? What words do we use to confess our abuse of creation? ‘Creation is charged with the grandeur of God.’ – Kelvin Inglis, UK Creation prayers and worship resources:      

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Harvest

Harvest in the south in April. Harvest in the north in September. The cycle of our year offers numerous opportunities to express our gratitude and thanksgiving. What words do we use to celebrate the abundance of a good harvest? Or to mourn the scarcity in times of drought?

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St Francis Day – 4 Oct

Words from St Francis Words about St Francis Words about our responsibility for all creatures Words about justice for creation Resources for worship on St Francis Day: Blessing the Animal services St Francis Day is often celebrated with a service of blessing of the animals.  These resources for Blessing of the Animal services include a […]

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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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Hopeful brokenness, in response to a bombing — Ana Gobledale, UK

Written April 2018 during a time of personal reflection in the Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral, UK, following the bombing of Syria by the US and the UK. Broken Bombed Darkness descends How did it come to this? God groans The world whimpers. We cower Fearfully crying out, ‘Which way?’ What about our grandchildren? Follow the […]

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Worship Words – an introduction

Worship Words networks writers and users across time and space and provides a place to share progressive prayers, songs and liturgies with others.   Worship Words strives to provide free worship material which is: Inclusive:  avoiding gender-exclusive language and imagery for people and God Thoughtful:  attending to word-craft, selecting each word and phrase with purpose.  Avoiding cliché and […]

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Gathering hymn — George Stuart, Australia

We gather in this place Tune Crimond  For the lyrics, music and a power point, click here. We gather in this place today To hear a word we need; From Jesus’ teaching we gain strength; We listen. We take heed. We come with open hearts and minds To hear a word we need; To sing […]

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Summer words

What words hold the glory of summer? How do we express the mystery of bursting sunflowers, broad leaves and warm waters? Summer words: an alphabetical listing of all resources Explore these resources for words to share in worship and reflection during the summer season…

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Autumn Words

  What words reflect the orange glow of an autumn sunset the heavy grain and succulent fruit the sorrow of scarcity when crops fail A time of thanksgiving A time of sharing   Worship Words Autumn resources Worship words resources for Harvest celebrations: Free images of autumn:

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A: Epiphany

Epiphany Season readings and resources for Year A… For all Worship Words Epiphany resources click here.

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World Refugee Day – 20 June

What words express our commitment, or desire for the commitment, to reach out to welcome the stranger? World Refugee Day, declared by the United Nations to be marked on June 20, is a call for communities around the world to work toward peace and security for all, remembering especially the millions of people who are […]

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Sacred Union Ceremony — Uniting Network Australia

This Sacred Union Ceremony for gay and lesbian couples, was compiled by Leanne Jenski, Robert Stringer, Warren Talbot and Susan Wickham in 2010, upholding Daniel Maguire’s definition of marriage which requires neither heterosexual coupling nor procreative possibilities.  While it was created as a blessing service (prior to universal marriage rights), the inclusive and thoughtful liturgical […]

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Alpha & Omega symbols, Children’s Message — Tod Gobledale, UK

Revelations 1:8, 21:6, 22:13 — Lectionary reading for Christmas and New Year A,B,C; Easter 2C, 5C and 7C, All Saints Day Year B, Pentecost 27B (Proper 29B) Alpha & Omega: Introducing the symbols of the church to children   This message offers children the opportunity to look around the sanctuary or worship room and discover […]

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Pluralism Sunday, first Sunday of May

An initiative of the Progressive Christianity movement: Join communities around the world celebrating religious diversity on the first Sunday of May (or the date of your choice). Pluralism isn’t just diversity; it’s something we create out of this diversity. The first Sunday of May is the day that many progressive Christian congregations observe as Pluralism […]

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ColourWeaving Prayer — David Yeo Poulton, UK

What of colour and faith?  What colour would you assign to love or to peace?  What colour symbolises God or Jesus?  How would you use colour to describe the feelings and emotions of trust, joy, anger, depression, dreams, hope, loneliness, or thankfulness? David explains: ‘As a Christian with dyslexia (dyslexia comes from the Greek meaning […]

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Pentecost words

Words understood by all . . . which do we choose? What words express the hope, the unity, the promise of Pentecost?     Share your Pentecost worship words: an invitation to you to participate in a conversation… What does the message of Pentecost sound like today? Looking ahead, what songs will you be singing? […]

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Lord’s Prayer version — Steve Garnaas-Holmes, USA

Our Mother, our Father, Source of our being, whose presence is heaven, all Creation sings of you, “Holy!” May your Realm unfold among us, your desire be fulfilled, this world blossoming out of your delight. Give us the breath of life, one breath at a time. Accept our brokenness; give us acceptance of others who […]

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World Health Day – 7 April

‘There is much to celebrate in the world of global health. Neonatal deaths have been cut in half since 1990.  Mother-to-child transmission of HIV has substantially decreased.  Polio and guinea worm are on the verge of elimination. ‘But there is still much to be done.  Drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis and malaria bring new threats to […]

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Disciples Prayer — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

ready-to-print copies PDF Disciples Prayer by Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson WORD Disciples Prayer by Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson Holy One whose name we honour and praise, When we laugh, you laugh with us. When we weep, your tears wash over the earth. You know the joys and sorrows of our hearts, Our efforts for change and our resistance to […]

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Cafe Church, Open Table service — Pentecost

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

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World Water Day – 22 March

World Water Day worship resources Church World Service USA — ready-to-use inclusive language worship resources: prayers, call to worship, benediction, hymn suggestions from One Great Hour of Sharing. Creation Justice Ministries USA – Water: God’s Life-Sustaining Everyday Miracle Click link for more Images for World Water Day from Creation Justice Ministries     World Water […]

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New words to old tunes — Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, USA

Carolynshymns.com is a website loaded with thoughtful and meaningful hymns. Each song is easily accessible by a Topical Index, Revised Common Lectionary indexes, and Scripture Index. Carolyn “writes hymns about how faith speaks to events in the world (disasters, social concerns, everyday living, etc.) as well as new hymns based on scripture, including lectionary lessons.” Her moving hymn “How […]

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Singing a New Song – George Stuart, Australia

George Stuart has written sing-able hymns with grounded, authentic and original lyrics set to traditional and familiar tunes. He, graciously, has made his work available free on line.  Click here for his website. ‘Love them. Cute songs for our little kids, too.’ – Comment from a worship leader His “Singing a New Song” series includes […]

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Love words

What words express the mystery of love? Love felt? Love received? Love committed? Love lost? Love divine? Words of love express our care and compassion, inviting others into relationship. Explore these resources to discover ‘Love Words’ relevant to your experience and situation, to use in both group worship and personal devotions. Newest posts . . . […]

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Cafe Church, Open Table service — Mothering Sunday

This ready-to-use Café Church Mothering Sunday worship service weaves together scripture, drama, reflection, conversation & communion.  It has been designed for worship around tables, but is easily adaptable to a more traditional setting. This service includes everything you need — an Order of Service to handout, leader script sheets, reader printouts, song suggestions, a list […]

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Wisdom Words

Words to move us from indecision to certainty, from doubt to trust, from unknowing to knowing . . . Explore these resources to discover ‘Wisdom Words’ relevant to your experience and situation, to use in both group worship and personal devotions. Newest posts . . . (images link to posts) Alphabetical archive of all ‘Wisdom Words’ […]

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Peace Words

What makes for peace? What words express the urgency of reconciliation and bridge-building, and our longing for trust and serenity? Explore these resources to discover ‘Peace Words’ relevant to your experience and situation, to use in both group worship and personal devotions. Newest posts . . . (images link to posts) Alphabetical archive of all ‘Peace […]

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Ritual Words

What words express the depth of experience at peak moments in our lives? How do we articulate the feelings, the vows, the hopes? Words for rituals… baptism / christening / naming / dedication blessing services: blessing a home blessing for a distressed home blessing of animals blessing gardens & gardeners blessings with water commissioning communion confirmation […]

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Praise Words

Words of praise exhilarate and empower, catapulting us into joyful action. Explore these resources to discover ‘Praise Words’ relevant to your experience and situation. Newest posts . . . (images link to posts) Alphabetical archive of all ‘Praise Words’ resources . . .    

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Meditation Words

Words to slow the pulse, calm the breath, settle the soul . . . Explore these resources to find Meditation Words relevant to your experience and situation.   Newest posts . . . (images link to posts) Alphabetical archive of all ‘Meditation Words’ resources . . .    

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Justice Words

With words we cry out for justice in our lives and our world. Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31:8-9 Explore these resources to discover ‘Justice Words’ relevant to your […]

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