Tag Archive: Hebrews

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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Aug 26

15th Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

entertaining angels

Worship Ideas The reading from Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 directs us to “show hospitality to strangers”.  How does your congregation demonstrate real hospitality to visitors (as well as to members)?  For example: can everyone participate in Communion — is your bread gluten-free (for those with allergies) and your wine un-fermented (for recovering alcoholics)? Are there “angels” that …

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Aug 12

13th Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

Worship Ideas It may not be All Saints Sunday, but this would be a good day to celebrate the “saints” of your congregation – especially if you are reading Hebrews 11:29-12:2.  Create a “cloud of witnesses” by printing pictures of those who have been an inspiration in your congregation and arranging them in a cloud-like shape …

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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 17

4th Sunday of Advent (Year C)

Micah 5:2-5a In a world that often seems to be so lacking in “peace”, it is a hopeful message to hear God’s promise of “the one of peace”. How does God feed us (the flock) “in the strength of the Lord”? You may want to decorate your worship space with peace symbols. You could create a collage …

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Nov 10

25th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 33B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (adapted from 1 Samuel 2:1-10) There is only one Holy One of God; God is the foundation on which we build our lives. The Lord strengthens the weak and encourages the weary. Our Savior provides for any who are in need and makes room at the table for all. Prayer of Confession (inspired …

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Nov 10

25th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 33B] (Year B)

1 Samuel 1:4-20 After considering Ruth for the past 2 weeks, we are introduced to another strong female: Hannah. Hannah is bullied by her “rival”, Peninnah (Elkanah’s other wife).  Bullying is a huge issue these days – so why not talk about it?  Kids and youth (and adults) may relate to the deep distress that …

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Nov 02

24th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 32B] (Year B)

Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 We are all looking for “security” these days, aren’t we?  There are locks for our doors, virus protection for our computers, and even software that guards against identity theft.  In what ways are you – or your congregation or community – seeking some security? Security doesn’t come easily.  For Ruth, she had …

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Oct 28

23rd Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 31B] (Year B)

Ruth 1:1-18 Ruth is a fascinating figure.  She is determined and forward-thinking – qualities that every Christian should strive to have. Naomi is a pretty interesting figure, too.  She is compassionate and brave – again, qualities that we all should strive to have.  Curious why I say that Naomi is brave?  She urges her daughters-in-law to go …

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Oct 22

22nd Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 30B] (Year B)

Job 42:1-6, 10-17 Finally, Job answers the Lord.  He acknowledges that he had spoken out of turn, and he declares that he will repent. The lectionary suggests that we skip over verses 7-9, but they can be helpful in understanding why Job “prayed for his friends”.  It may be good to read the entire passage …

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