Tag Archive: Call to Worship

Apr 01

Palm Sunday (Year A)

Worship Ideas I have posted ideas and suggestions for Palm Sunday in other years, so you will want to check out those posts: Palm Sunday (Year B) ideas Palm Sunday (Year B) liturgy suggestions Palm Sunday (Year C) ideas Palm Sunday (Year C) liturgy suggestions The Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 reading is used every year on …

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Mar 26

5th Sunday in Lent (Year A)

Worship Ideas Most of us think of the Ezekiel 37:1-14 passage being read on Pentecost Sunday, but the life-giving work of the Spirit is not limited to only one day per year. You may want to teach the children the song “Dem Bones” during the Children’s Moment. Psalm 130 could be read aloud in unison, serving …

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Mar 25

4th Sunday in Lent (Year A)

Worship Ideas 1 Samuel 16:1-13 is a story of hope. God does not only call the biggest and strongest and or oldest among us: God often calls those whom the world may otherwise overlook. Are there people or groups in your congregation that are often overlooked? Celebrate the gifts that they bring and offer a …

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Mar 17

3rd Sunday in Lent (Year A)

Worship Ideas If you are preaching on Exodus 17:1-7, and you have the space and materials to do it, display a water fountain in the front of your worship space that features water that comes out of a rock. If you don’t have access to a pre-made fountain, you may be able to construct one …

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Mar 09

2nd Sunday in Lent (Year A)

Worship Ideas Genesis 12:1-4a speaks of God blessing Abram. Use those verses as the inspiration for a service of blessing and dedication. You could say special prayers of blessing over anyone and everyone (and everything, really). Psalm 121 brings a much-needed word of hope to many of the people in our pews. Invite the congregation to …

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Feb 24

Ash Wednesday (Year A)

Worship Ideas Let’s be honest: the RCL readings for Ash Wednesday are the same every year.  If you are anything like me, you may be feeling as though you have already tried everything and said everything.  Trust me, though — you haven’t.  There are still plenty of things to say and plenty of things to try. …

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Feb 19

Transfiguration Sunday (Year A)

Worship Ideas The Revised Common Lectionary readings for this Sunday are full of imagery that you may want to feature in your worship display: bright clouds, devouring fire, tablets of stone, and broken pottery. Exodus 24:12-18 tells us of Moses’ encounter with the Almighty on Mount Sinai. Create your own cloud to “cover” your sanctuary …

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Feb 05

7th Sunday After the Epiphany (Year A)

Worship Ideas Leviticus is not a book that we read very often; but Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 is a wonderful text to use when talking about our call to love one another. We are not holy because of anything we do. We are holy because God is holy. The directives that are offered in this passage do …

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Feb 04

6th Sunday After the Epiphany (Year A)

Worship Ideas Deuteronomy 30:15-20 reminds us that God has given us the freedom to choose - either that which gives life or that which does not. In what ways do you (and your congregation) choose life? In what ways do you (and your congregation) choose death? The suggested reading of Sirach 15:15-20 pairs well with the reading from Deuteronomy (and, …

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Jan 24

5th Sunday After the Epiphany (Year A)

Worship Ideas Isaiah 58:1-12 is a wonderful passage to use if you are wanting to emphasize the importance of genuine worship and sacrifice. It isn’t about rites and rituals. It is all about justice, service to others, and humility. Want to do something daring? Center your entire service around service to others: create Valentines’ Day cards for your …

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