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Nov 04

25th Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

organ pipesWorship Ideas

  • There is great hope to be found in the reading from Haggai 1:15b-2:9. If you are ministering in a place that is struggling with decline or loss, the message that God has the ability and desire to restore and rebuild is one that may be well received (and greatly needed).  Use this text as inspiration for kicking off a new building or renovation project.  Be sure to bless the tools, building materials, and workers in worship!
  • Psalm 98 encourages us to sing a new song.  Use this passage as the inspiration for services that are filled with music:
    • Do you have new hymnals?  Use this passage as the basis of a service to dedicate your new hymnals!
    • Take time to learn some new hymns (or ones you don’t sing very often).
    • Don’t be afraid to add some new instruments to the mix!  You can get simple percussive instruments at many party supply stores (kazoos, tambourines, rhythm sticks, etc).  Don’t want to buy instruments?  Use hymnals as “drums”, clap your hands, and stomp/tap your feet!

Liturgy Suggestions

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21)

We will lift up the name of the Almighty.

Our offerings of praise will never end!

The greatness of the Lord is undeniable.

Together, we will bless the name of God forever!

Prayer of Confession (inspired by Psalm 98)

Almighty God, we confess that we are usually so tied to the way we’ve always done things that we refuse to do new things.  By the power of your Spirit, teach us new songs to sing.  Give strength to our voices and power to our instruments, that we may proclaim your glory and make a joyful noise to your honor.

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