inclusive language worship resources

Psalm 123 for Today – Ana Gobledale, UK

We look to you Trusting in your guiding hand Sure in your care for us Assured of your kindness. Even as we face disdain from others and scorn from the proud, we are filled with your mercy. In your fullness we rest. Lectionary reading 6th Sunday of Pentecost, Year B

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Dream of Dignity, hymn — George Stuart, Australia

A dream of dignity For all humanity It is a dream so bold; ‘Can’t happen,’ we’ve been told; But we can strive To keep alive This hope for human harmony Click here for lyrics and music. Tune: Darwall Thanks to George’s generosity, all of the lyrics published on his website are free of any copyright restrictions and […]

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Psalm 118 renewed — Duncan Wilson, UK

For Palm Sunday Open now the gates to God’s holy place. We will go in and give thanks to our God. The foundation stone which the builders set aside has proved the most important of all. This was achieved by God and how wonderful to behold. Today celebrates God’s victory. Rejoice in it. God bless […]

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How Love Came to Earth — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

A responsive Call to Worship written specifically for intergenerational worship (works well during Advent) God, you came into the world weak: A baby born in a stable, Sleeping in a feeding trough With animal sounds and smells all around. This is how love came to earth. God, you have made us vulnerable. Our bodies can […]

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Now there’s the Three of us – Duncan Wilson, UK

Thoughts on ‘Trinity Sunday’ ‘God, I’m lonely,’ God thought, Where’s the point of a void? ‘I’ll make me a world – hold that – a universe – full of wonders, creatures to keep me company, to enjoy each other – to enjoy me.’ And God did. Life abundant. Night and day, God made, flower 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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Prayer for human rights — Joint Liturgical Group, UK

As the nations mark Human Rights Day on 10 December, we pray that governments worldwide will ensure their people have adequate health care, proper provision of food, clothing, housing and social welfare. We pray that all will be provided with the security of a basic income, the opportunity of a free education, and the guarantee […]

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Advent vestry prayer — UK

Bless us this advent Sunday. Thank you for the joy we find spending time with one another as the excitement of Jesus’s birth becomes infectious. Bless us and those taking part in the service and give them courage, peace and strength to overcome any nerves. Let us celebrate this special Sunday together as the family […]

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Psalm 30, Call to Worship — 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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Prayer for Refugees — Marla Feldman, USA

20 June is World Refugee Day. Click here for more Worship Words resources related to refugees. As we recount the centuries of human history, We pray that one day bondage will lead to freedom; We pray that indifference will give way to mercy; We pray that hatred will turn to compassion, and fear turn to […]

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Poem For Pentecost Sunday (Year C) — Andrew King, Canada

Note: Andrew King’s material is copyrighted, so for inspirational use only. Acts 2: 1-21 Suddenly there came a sound…  It was one of those days where leaves are thrashed from tree branches writhing under a racing sky, and my childhood friend playing outdoors with me wondered: does the wind ever stop blowing? …  read more Click […]

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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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Genesis 45.1-15, Joseph in Egypt, drama

Genesis 45:1-15  (adapted from NRSV) Joseph Reveals Himself to His Brothers   Full script, ready-to-print: Genesis 45,1-15 Joseph in Egypt – 2 readers PDF Genesis 45,1-15 Joseph in Egypt – 2 readers WORD Narrator:  Today’s Hebrew Bible reading is taken from the book of Genesis presenting the last chapter in the saga of Joseph and his […]

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Progressive Perspective Liturgy — Pilgrim Uniting Church, Australia

Pilgrim Uniting Church in the City, Adelaide, Australia, has created an active website for worship planning ‘from a progressive perspective’ focusing on readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. This active website for worship planning “from a progressive perspective” is chalk-a-block full of ready-to-use resources! One ready-to-use item is an A5 handout (prepared to be double-sided) of each week’s […]

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New Year

What words will we use to usher in a new year? What words express our hopes and visions as we look into the year ahead? What words can enable us to release the past year and leave it in peace? Newest ‘New Year’ posts . . . (images link to posts) Alphabetical archive of all ‘New Year’ […]

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Advent

What words herald the Advent season? Familiar?  New? Light-hearted?  Reflective? Here are Advent worship resources from around the world to explore and use: Scroll down to find: Advent prayers and worship resources Advent songs, carols & music Complete services, Dramas, Nativities and Christmas Pageants Advent prayers and worship resources: Advent songs, carols & music: Complete […]

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Autumn Prayers of Approach and Confession — Cara Heafey, UK

God our creator, The glory of this season reminds us of your artistry As nature displays a riot of colour: Bright berries on the hedgerows, Trees aflame with oranges and reds, Golden leaves carpeting the rich dark earth. Let all creation sing your praise! God our provider, The bounty of this season reminds us of […]

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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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Thanksgiving, Canada – October

National days set aside for thanksgiving offer wonderful opportunities to express our gratitude, often in an interfaith setting. How do we say “Thanks”?   Worship resources for Thanksgiving & Harvest  

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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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Lectionary-based progressive liturgies — Rex A E Hunt

Hunt’s impressive web site contains lectionary-based ‘sermons, liturgies, prayers, and articles from a progressive/post-liberal theological perspective.’ Rex Hunt shares numerous resources from a life-long career as a progressive minister in the Uniting Church in Australia.  The site is easy to use and will prove a valuable resource to any progressive worship planner. Click here to […]

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Creation Communion — Ana Gobledale, UK

These communion prayers focus on creation. They might be used to celebrate Earth Day or during the Season of Creation. Genesis 1:1-19   Order of Service Words of invitation Words of confession & assurance Words of remembering: the communion story Words of gratitude God of creation and transformation, for this time together around this table, […]

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B: Epiphany

Epiphany Season readings and resources for Year B… Click on the link for all Worship Words Epiphany resources. Transfiguration Sunday readings and resources for Year B…

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Sending Forth: Let us tell the Good News — Lawrence Moore, UK

Let us tell the Good News: this world is not God-forsaken, abandoned to futility and destruction. God has not failed: This world will become the Realm of God. Let us live the Good News: care for the sick and suffering, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, struggle against injustice, care for the earth, so that […]

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