What is a blessing? When do we say a blessing? When do we want a blessing said or performed? Why might a blessing be asked for or offered? According to the on-line Miriam-Webster Dictionary, a blessing is words of ‘approval, encouragement’, ‘a thing conducive to happiness or welfare.’ And the opposite of a blessing is […]Read full text
Words for religious rituals including Christian baptism, naming services, confirmation, communion, weddings & divorces, Nine Night, funerals & memorials, tombstone unveiling, exorcism and home blessings.
This ritual draws together a faith community in a renewal and affirmation of gifts and talents. It includes readings, a litany and the laying on of hands. Romans 12:4-8, First Peter 4:8-11, Matthew 20:25-28 Opening words Jesus came among us as a servant and calls us to faith and a life of loving service to […]Read full text
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:Read full text
These words open the time of worship… As we ring the bowl three times, may we open to the wisdom of our own and other traditions, to the joys and sufferings we carry with us today, and to God’s presence here, among these people and in the world.Read full text
Go into the world… What words do we use? What feelings do we express? What covenants do we articulate? How do we articulate hopes and dreams? The gathered church often demonstrates its inter-connectedness and care through rituals in which the congregation ‘commissions’ an individual or group to undertake a specific task. More than ‘order’ or […]Read full text
The USA-based Liturgy Project provides hundreds of liturgical posts by authors around the globe. The free worship planning material is easy to locate using an extensive index. “Progressive Christianity is an open, intelligent and collaborative approach to the Christian tradition and the life and teachings of Jesus that create pathways into an authentic and relevant religious experience.” […]Read full text