Tod Gobledale

Easter Prayer — Tod Gobledale, UK

Good news! Christ is risen! The stone is rolled away, life has triumphed. We sing our hymns of rejoicing to you. Even as we rejoice, we pause. For we know all is not right in the world. You are crucified again and again, laid in a grave, a stone sealing your tomb. You weep with […]

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Good Friday words — Tod Gobledale, UK

Who will keep watch with you? Who will stand with you? Your disciples disappear into the darkness. Their resolve dissolves. Denial. Detained. Assaulted. Battered. Like a detainee of today shuttled from pillar to post. From Pilate to Herod, from court to court. Crucified. Yet, even from the cross you plead for us, “Forgive them for […]

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Mary Interviewed, drama — Tod Gobledale, UK

‘I am doing a new thing’ – an interview with Mary of Bethany Isaiah 43:16-21, John 12:1-8 (Lectionary readngs for Lent 5, Year C) Characters:   P = Preacher; M = Mary P: Will you pray with me? God of new things, this morning we ask you to calm the cacophony of our hearts and minds, […]

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Be prepared, Children’s Advent Message — Tod Gobledale, UK

Matthew 24:42-44 A Children’s Message for Advent Picture 1: Grasshopper playing fiddle + Once upon a time, on a warm summer’s day + A grasshopper stands in a field and plays his fiddle.       Picture 2: Grasshopper & Ant +The grasshopper sees an ant working hard carrying something. + The grasshopper calls to […]

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Autumn’s Bounty — Ana & Tod Gobledale, UK

A responsive prayer Luke 12:13-21 Provider of Life, creator of the earth and all that is in it, we lift our prayers of thanks to you For the beauty of the earth that surrounds us, For spring flowers that dazzle us and summer’s greenery that delights us, For autumn’s bounty that sustains us and prepares […]

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Welcome: I come in peace, a Zimbabwe greeting — Tod Gobledale, UK

For Pentecost 11, Year B Supplies: bag (cloth is best, less noise) Welcome sign Script I have something in my bag…. (Take out a welcome sign or the word ‘Welcome’ printed on a piece of paper.) ‘WELCOME.’ What does ‘welcome’ mean? … take responses Safe Part of the group How do you make someone feel WELCOME? […]

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Reign of Christ Sunday Intercessory Prayer — Tod Gobledale, UK

As we enter into this intercessory time—thinking and praying for others—let us first seek to still our spirits’ restlessness. I invite you to close your eyes and breathe slowly and deeply. Inhale, filling your lungs…. Exhale, emptying your lungs…. Inhale, fill your lungs…. Exhale, empty them…. Inhale… Exhale. Pray with me. Jesus, they hanged you […]

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Keeping promises,Children’s message, Luke 2:22-40 — Tod Gobledale, UK

Luke 2:22-40, Isaiah 61:10-62:3 Readings for First Sunday after Christmas, Revised Common Lectionary Year B This is intended to be used with a group of children gathered together around the worship leader.  One or two children will suffice; more is delightful. Preparation: small child-size chair, for worship leader soft cloth bag large enough to hold […]

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Wedding banquet prayer — Tod Gobledale, UK

Pray with me. Indeed our hearts are overflowing with joy! As we sit at these tables, tables filled with the earth’s bounty for our celebration, we remember and give thanks, Eternal One, for your unnumbered blessings in our lives. We give thanks for family and friends gathered here. We remember loved ones not with us […]

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No to Bullies, Children’s Message — Ana & Tod Gobledale, UK

Standing up to bullies:  Anna & Martin make change (reform) happen Works well for Reformation Sunday; could be adapted to remember another person who stood up to bullies, historic or current. I have something in my bag. What’s this? … DVD – Frozen Who has seen Frozen? Who are the characters?  Who do you see here? […]

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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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Prayer for Healing Service — Tod Gobledale, Australia

Originally written for an Order of St. Luke Healing Service in Melbourne, Australia Gracious God, loving parent, you watch over us like a mother with her children.  You have created a world for us with a richness, a beauty beyond description.  As another spring blossoms around us, we are awed again by the splendour of the […]

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Universal wedding ceremony, 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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Acts 2, Pentecost Live from Jerusalem, Drama — Ana Gobledale, UK

Wirtten by Ana Gobledale, UK This ‘live’ interview of Peter and Andrew might be used as the sermon or message. Parts:  Andreas, Petros, Thaddeus, Reporter Copies of script ready to download and print: Pentecost Drama Sermon   Word download Pentecost Drama Sermon  PDF download Leader:  Let us imagine ourselves transported through time and space to Jerusalem, two […]

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Easter Prayer, reponsive — Tod Gobledale, UK

Some Christians grapple with the meaning and explanations of resurrection, as both a phenomenon and an experience.  While this prayer uses some traditional language, Tod explores the on-going crucifixion of the Body of Christ today, and the response of the faithful to modern atrocities. Based on John 20: 1-18, an Easter Day reading from the […]

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Blessing of Gardens & Gardeners Service

Spring has sprung! Come gardeners and farmers! This service, originally created to celebrate Earth Day (22 April), lends itself to multiple multi-age voices.  This all-age service of celebration and blessing has been shared in the UK and the USA and includes optional prayers, readings and sermons. It is easily adaptable for a new location. Ready-to-print […]

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