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Dec 16

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day (Year A)

I have posted about the various Nativity of the Lord readings in previous posts. The one that I posted last year has a plethora of ideas, as well as links to other posts that could be helpful.  You can also find liturgy suggestions from previous years here. Worship Ideas Celebrating that the Light of the …

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Nov 20

Words for Worship – Advent Candlelighting (Year A)

First Sunday of Advent (Peace – based on Isaiah 2:1-5) Come and gather, O People of God! Let us gather at the House of the Lord! We await the Word, who will lead all nations. We await the One who will guide us in Peace. Let us – in peace – kindle the light of …

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May 20

Trinity Sunday (Year C)

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 Common English Bible and NRSV If you don’t want to focus on the Trinity, you may want to use this text as inspiration for a “Gifts of Women” service. Preach your sermon as “Woman Wisdom”.  Think about what she might wear, how she might preach… You may want to include things like a …

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May 13

Pentecost Sunday (Year C)

You will likely want to look at the resources that were posted last year, since some of the readings are the same.  You can find the lectionary reflections and ideas here, and the liturgy is available here. Acts 2:1-21 Common English Bible and NRSV Find (or make) recordings of wind noises, and play them while …

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Mar 19

Easter Sunday (Year C) – Words for Worship

Call to Worship Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Sing out your glad song of “Alleluia! Alleluia!” Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Prayer of Confession Holy God, by your power and grace you raised Christ Jesus from death, giving us the incredible gift of …

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Mar 19

Easter Sunday (Year C)

Acts 10:34-43 Common English Bible and NRSV God does not play favorites – why do we? Do you have a cross decorating your worship space?  Cover the cross in symbols of hope and resurrection: things like flowers and butterflies. You may want to use live flowers or artificial ones.  You could also use paper cutouts or …

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Mar 16

Maundy Thursday (Year C)

I wrote several suggestions and reflections last year (Year B), and the readings are the same this year (Year C).  Click here to check it out. Also, there are liturgy suggestions here. Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14 Common English Bible and NRSV “Paint” the door frames of your worship space red (to simulate the blood painted …

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Mar 15

Passion Sunday (Year C) – Words for Worship

Prayer of Confession (inspired by Luke 22:14-23:56) O Welcoming Lord, who brings us together in community, have mercy on us. O Providing Lord, who feeds us all at the Table, have mercy on us. O Servant Lord, who shows us the path to follow in faith, have mercy on us. O Holy Lord, who prays …

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Mar 15

Passion Sunday (Year C)

I wrote about Passion Sunday last year (Year B), and you will want to see those notes – especially since the Isaiah, Psalm, and Philippians readings are the same as they were last year.  You can read those notes by clicking here. Isaiah 50:4-9a Common English Bible and NRSV For a dramatic presentation of this …

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Mar 15

Palm Sunday (Year C) – Words for Worship

Call to Worship (adapted from Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29) Hosanna, Lord Jesus! Hosanna!  Save us, we pray! Blessed is God’s Son, who comes in God’s Holy Name. We will raise our voices in a song of thanksgiving, for God’s steadfast love never ends! Prayer of Confession (inspired by Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29) Lord, your love bears all …

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