Tag Archive: Ephesians

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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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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Jan 01

Epiphany Sunday (Year C)

Isaiah 60:1-6 Start the worship service with the lights dimmed, and make it brighter as the scripture is read.  This could be done as the Call to Worship (early in the service). Though it does mention that a multitude of camels will cover you, I do not recommend having a multitude of camels in your …

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Aug 18

13th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 21B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 84 and 1 Kings 8:27) How beautiful are the places where you dwell, O Lord! This house cannot contain your glory; even the heavens are bursting with the goodness of your presence! Happy are those who find their strength in you. Hear our prayers this day, Holy God, as …

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Aug 18

13th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 21B] (Year B)

1 Kings 8:(1,6,10-11), 22-30, 41-43 This is a great text to use when reflecting on issues of hospitality, religious diversity, and the sovereignty of God. Solomon gives us a model for prayer that should still be taken seriously today.  Not only does the king pray that God will hear the prayers of the people of …

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Aug 13

12th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 20B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (based on Ephesians 5:15-20) Let us make the most of the time we have been given. Fill us with the Spirit, O Lord! Let us sing praises to our Creator! We will give thanks to the Almighty now and at all times. Praise the Lord! Together, let us worship God! Prayer of …

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Aug 13

12th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 20B] (Year B)

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 Without much fanfare, we transition from the life and reign of David to the life and reign of Solomon. This is a really interesting story that is not familiar to most folks.  Solomon is given the opportunity of a lifetime when God says, “Ask what I should give you.”  This rare …

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Aug 06

11th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 19B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (inspired by John 6:35, 41-51) The Almighty has called us here. Together, we will be taught by our Creator. Christ alone is the bread of life. Together, we will eat and be filled. Prayer of Confession (inspired by Ephesians 4:25-5:2) Let us confess our sins before God and one another. For our …

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Aug 06

11th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 19B] (Year B)

2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 Not everyone is going to be familiar with the full context of this particular narrative.  So, if you are going to preach from this text, you will probably want to summarize the story a bit (perhaps giving a brief overview of the previous chapters, speaking about the conflict between David …

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Jul 30

10th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 18B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 51:1-12) Have mercy on us, Holy One, according to your unfailing love. Wash away any traces of unworthiness, and strip us of our sin and guilt. Let our brokenness be healed; let your justice be the source of our gladness. Create clean and welcoming hearts within us, God.  Fill …

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