Tag Archive: Illumination

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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Dec 16

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day (Year A)

I have posted about the various Nativity of the Lord readings in previous posts. The one that I posted last year has a plethora of ideas, as well as links to other posts that could be helpful.  You can also find liturgy suggestions from previous years here. Worship Ideas Celebrating that the Light of the …

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Dec 16

Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year A)

Worship Ideas The Isaiah 7:10-16 passage mentions that the one named Immanuel will “eat curds and honey”. Set up a station that allows people to taste curds and honey as they contemplate this reading. The Isaiah reading indicates that the sign of the Lord will be a young woman who bears a child.  Would we …

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Dec 09

Third Sunday of Advent (Year A)

Worship Ideas Isaiah 35:1-10 mentions waters and streams appearing in the desert and wilderness.  Encourage the congregation to support a mission project that provides clean drinking water to those who need it.  Be sure to decorate the worship space with fabric that looks like streams of cool water. Psalm 146:5-10 echos much of what Mary …

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Nov 25

First Sunday of Advent (Year A)

Worship Ideas The Isaiah 2:1-5 reading is wonderful to use if your “theme” for the First Sunday of Advent is “Peace”. Create ornaments in the shape of peace signs to decorate your Christmas trees and/or distribute to home-bound members/friends. Psalm 122 is a friendly, welcoming psalm to use to usher in the Advent season. What …

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Jun 21

6th Sunday After Pentecost (Year C)

Worship Ideas Does your congregation work with a local food pantry or soup kitchen?  Inspired by the “fruits of the Spirit” in Galatians 5, invite the congregation to collect fresh fruits or canned fruits that can be given to the pantry or distributed at a soup kitchen. What symbols can you think of that remind …

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Jun 20

5th Sunday After Pentecost (Year C)

Worship Ideas The Gospel lesson (Luke 8:26-39) could be acted out by kids/youth/adults.  Simple “costumes” could be used, too: chains (for the demoniac), using either real metal chains or a paper chain; pink pig ears and nose, made from headbands and construction paper and part of a cardboard tube; and bathrobe (for Jesus and the demoniac, …

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Jan 29

Transfiguration Sunday (Year C) – Words for Worship

Call to Worship (inspired by Exodus 34:29-35) We are here to meet the Holy One. We are here to witness the glory of the Lord. Our faces will shine with a God-given brightness, reflecting the goodness of the Almighty! We will not hide our faces.  We will shine with the light of Christ! Prayer of …

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Jan 22

3rd Sunday after Epiphany (Year C) – Words for Worship

I wrote a Call to Worship based on Psalm 19 that can be found here. Call to Worship (inspired by Nehemiah 8:9-10) This day is holy to the Almighty God. We shall lift up our heads and offer our praise with joy! Wipe away every tear! Set the feast and make room at the table! …

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