Tag Archive: Holiday Services

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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Dec 03

2nd Sunday of Advent (Year C)

Malachi 3:1-4 How do you prepare the way for the Lord?  How can we serve as messengers? There is a lot of interesting and dramatic imagery in this passage: paths/ways being prepared, messengers being sent, the temple, a refiner’s fire, fullers’ soap, silver and gold being purified, offerings being offered…  Depending on what you are …

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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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Nov 19

Christ the King / Reign of Christ Sunday (Year B) – Words for Worship

Call to Worship (based on Revelation 1:4-8) Grace and peace be yours, from the One who is, was, and is to come! All glory, honor, and power belong to Christ Almighty – now and forever! Let us praise our Lord, who loves us. Let us praise our Lord, who frees us from our sins. Prayer …

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May 22

Day of Pentecost – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (inspired by Ezekiel 37:1-14) The Spirit of God has brought us here. The Lord has set us down here, though our bones are tired. Can these dry bones live? Yes!  The Breath of God will revive us!  The Word of God will awaken us! Today, we come together to experience new life. …

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Apr 02

Easter Sunday – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (adapted from Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24) Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good; God’s steadfast love endures forever! God’s steadfast love endures forever! The Lord is our strength and might; today, the Lord has become our salvation! The stone that the builders rejected …

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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 27

Easter Sunday (Year B)

Easter Empty Tomb

Acts 10:34-43 While most preachers may feel “obligated” to preach from one of the Gospel lessons today, this is a marvelous text to explore on Easter Sunday.  In many ways, it provides a clearly presented statement of faith for all believers. The subject of testimony is easy to find in this text – and it certainly fits …

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Mar 26

Good Friday – Words for Worship (Year B)

The following prayers and other worship elements were written for use in a Service of Scripture and Prayer.  Hymns would be included following the Prayer of the Day, Second Reading, Silent Meditation, and Litany for Good Friday.  I suggest using hymns that are meditative in nature (such as those written by the Taize community). Call …

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Mar 26

Maundy Thursday – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 116:12-19) What shall we offer to the Lord in return for all that God has given to us? We will celebrate and share the cup of salvation, and we will praise the name of the Lord. We are the servants of the Lord – the children of the One who …

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