Tag Archive: Alternative Worship Ideas

Mar 12

5th Sunday in Lent (Year C)

Isaiah 43:16-21 Common English Bible and NRSV When it seems as though there is no way, God makes a way. Use blue fabric to simulate the “mighty waters” in your worship space, and use large river rocks (or paper/cardboard cutouts in the shape of large stepping-stones) to create a path. Use rough, brown and tan …

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Mar 03

4th Sunday in Lent (Year C)

Joshua 5:9-12 Common English Bible and NRSV The imagery of God “rolling away” the disgrace could be fun to explore.  Label a large workout/exercise ball or a large beach ball with the word “Disgrace” (or “sin” or “shame”, etc).  Invite people (kids would like this) to help God roll it out of the worship space. …

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Jan 14

2nd Sunday After Epiphany (Year C)

Isaiah 62:1-5 “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent…”  If you want to present this scripture lesson in a daring and dramatic way, why not read it using a bullhorn or a megaphone? You may want to use a crown and/or diadem in your worship display. The Lord tells us that we “shall be …

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Dec 18

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day (Year C)

There is a multitude of readings that you can use for Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day.  I have posted about each of these before, so you will want to check out those posts (I have links below).  Meanwhile, here are a few new ideas: Nativity of the Lord – Proper I Previously posted ideas for …

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Dec 03

An Advent Hymn Resource

Looking for a way to let your congregation sing all of their favorite Christmas tunes and remain faithful to the theology and traditions of the Advent season? With the stores and radio stations all playing Christmas music 24/7, it is often difficult to resist singing Christmas carols in worship.  To address this issue, the Presbyterian Outlook commissioned …

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Nov 19

Advent / Christmas Materials

While new materials for Advent and Christmas are in the process of being written, I thought it would be good to post some links to a few of the materials that were previously published by The Worship Closet (so you can have all the links in one spot): Advent Candlelighting Liturgy Longest Night / Blue …

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Sep 24

World Communion Sunday – Year B

For those who are celebrating World Communion Sunday on the first Sunday in October, here are some ideas to make your worship service a special one: Denominational Resources The United Methodist Church has some wonderful resources available online, including liturgy and prayers in English, Korean, and Spanish. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has a downloadable PDF …

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Sep 24

19th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 27B] (Year B)

Job 1:1, 2:1-10 Please note that Job was from the land of Uz…not the land of Oz. Even as Satan inflicts Job with sickness, God is still in charge. Two Sundays past, we read about the wise woman (described in Proverbs).  This week, Job’s wife seems intent on presenting us with the opposite.  I would …

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Mar 28

Easter Sunday (Year B) – “Alternative” Worship Ideas

Looking for something a little different to include in your Easter worship this year?  The Worship Closet has got you covered!  Here are a few of the ideas that I’ve developed this year.  Be blessed! Creative Worship Settings and Elements If the weather is good (and warm enough), have your worship service outdoors on the …

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Mar 26

Maundy Thursday (Year B)

Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14 This passage gives us the history of the Passover meal.  While most folks will (most likely) not focus on this passage during this service, it does provide a background for the Passover festival.  It also describes another way in which God has provided both guidance and protection for the Children of …

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