Tag Archive: Call to Worship

Jan 21

4th Sunday After the Epiphany (Year A)

Worship Ideas The words from Micah 6:1-8 may be familiar to many in your congregation. To help people hear the Word in a new way, you may want to read this lesson from a different translation (or, perhaps, several different translations). You could have different voices read each verse from a different translation – giving …

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Jan 12

3rd Sunday After the Epiphany (Year A)

Worship Ideas If you haven’t gotten enough of the Isaiah 9:1-4 passage (which was used quite a bit during Advent), you could celebrate the gift of light by decorating your worship space with items that provide light: lamps, light bulbs, glow sticks, flashlights, candles, etc. The theme of “light” continues in the reading from Psalm …

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Jan 12

2nd Sunday After the Epiphany (Year A)

Worship Ideas What if we were to read Isaiah 49:1-7 as if the words were written about us? Each of us have been called to be a light – reflecting the Light of Christ, the Light of the World. Say these words as a blessing to one another. Speaking of blessings, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 could also be used …

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Dec 31

2nd Sunday After Christmas (Year A)

Worship Ideas The Jeremiah 31:7-14 text could be used as the basis of a service of healing and reconciliation. Offer prayerful blessings for each and every member and friend of your congregation, inspired by the psalmist’s words in Psalm 147:12-20 that God “blesses your children within you”. What will we give birth to this year …

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Dec 23

1st Sunday after Christmas (Year A)

Worship Ideas If you have not enjoyed a “carol sing” at your church yet, this is a great Sunday to do so. What a wonderful (and easy) way to “praise the Lord” (as the psalmist sings in Psalm 148)! Isaiah 63:7-9 invites us to “recount the gracious deeds of the Lord”. Since this is 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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Nov 12

26th Sunday After Pentecost (Year C)

Worship 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 …

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Nov 04

25th Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

Worship 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 …

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Oct 22

24th Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

Worship Ideas Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 forces us to deal with being patient and relying on (and trusting) God’s sense of timing.  Are there plans and “visions” that your congregation embraces that you are waiting to have come to fruition?  Write out your plans/visions on plaques or banners and display them in your worship space.  Be …

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Oct 21

23rd Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

Worship Ideas The Joel 2:23-32 reading makes mention of grain and wine and oil.  Decorate your worship space with overflowing containers of grains, bottles/carafes of wine, and bottles/bowls of oil. Psalm 65 could be read after the Prayer of Confession and Declaration of Forgiveness — use it as an ascription of praise, reading it in …

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