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Nov 12

26th Sunday After Pentecost (Year C)

strawWorship Ideas

  • Since the Isaiah 65:17-25 reading talks about building houses, why not collect supplies for a building project?  Or, write words of blessing on 2×4 beams that can be used in a new house.
  • The Isaiah 65:17-25 reading is also about peace and peaceful living.  The text talks about wolves and lambs feeding together and lions eating straw.  Create a collage (during worship – using magazine clippings and drawings made by the congregation) that illustrates this passage — challenge the people to come up with other images, too (perhaps Republicans and Democrats working together, or other opposing groups coexisting).
  • Isaiah 12 is a song of thanksgiving.  Since we celebrate Thanksgiving Day (here in the USA) soon, you may want to talk about being thankful.  Create a garland or paper-chain to decorate your worship space by having the congregation write thing they are thankful for on slips of paper; then, string the papers together (or make them into a simple paper-chain).
  • The reading from 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 deals with doing the right thing and steering clear of idleness.  Use this text as inspiration for recognizing those who work hard and volunteer in your worship community.

Liturgy Suggestions

Call to Worship (based on Isaiah 12)

The Almighty is our source of strength and might.

The Holy One gives us new life.

Let us sing in celebration of all that God has done.

Let us proclaim the greatness of the Lord to all!

Prayer of Confession (inspired by 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13)

Holy God, we are sorry for all the times when we sit back and watch when you call us to get involved.  We are sorry for the ways that we take credit for the work that others have done.  Forgive us, we pray.  By your Spirit, give us the drive to actively live according to your will.

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