Tag Archive: James

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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Sep 21

18th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 26B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (inspired by Psalm 124) The Lord is faithful, even in the toughest of times. God walks with us, even in times of danger or strife. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth! Blessed be the Holy One, who sets us free!  Together, let us worship …

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Sep 21

18th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 26B] (Year B)

Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 Esther is a fascinating character in our scriptures.  That said, there are many folks in the pews who likely have no idea who she was, what she did, or why her story has importance.  You may want to give an overview of the entire story (not just this passage).  One way …

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Sep 16

17th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 25B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (based on and inspired by James 4:7-8) People of God, let go of all that holds you back and give yourselves to the Holy One. We will turn away from the Evil One, and we will rejoice as the devil runs far from us! Come closer, cherished ones – the Lord is drawing near! …

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Sep 16

17th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 25B] (Year B)

“She opens her mouth with wisdom…” (Proverbs 31:26a) Proverbs 31:10-31  Yes, you can certainly use this passage to honor the women of your congregation.  But…since this passage is pretty specific about the woman beingmarried, you will run the risk of isolating the single ladies of your church and community.  Proceed with caution if you choose …

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Sep 06

16th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 24B] (Year B)

Proverbs 1:20-33 While the NRSV is a perfectly good translation, I am also a fan of The Message and the Common English Bible for this particular text.  The Complete Jewish Bible is also a really nice translation. This passage could be the basis for a really interesting “dialogue” sermon.  Find a willing accomplice, and “interview” …

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Sep 03

15th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 23B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (paraphrase of Psalm 125:1-2, 4) Those who place their trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion; they cannot be shaken, and they are established forever. Just as the mountains surround and protect the Holy City, so God surrounds and protects the People of God. O Lord, bless your good people, and do …

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Sep 03

15th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 23B] (Year B)

Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 I have to be honest…  I’m not a big fan of the cut-and-paste nature of this pericope.  The verses that the RCL suggests are selected out of a varied list of sayings and…well… proverbs.  You may want to read through the verses that didn’t make the cut to see what you’re …

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Aug 27

14th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 22B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (based on Song of Solomon 2:8-13) Listen!  Do you hear the Lord speaking to us? Rise up, dear ones of God!  The dark, cold night is over; a fresh, new day is here! It is time to lift our voices in song, joining with the rest of creation! The time for the …

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Aug 27

14th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 22B] (Year B)

Song of Solomon 2:8-13 Someone cue the giggles from the pre-teens sitting in the back pew…  The love poetry found in Song of Solomon is sure to make Jr. High School kids blush – and maybe even a few adults, too.  We don’t tend to think about writing love poems to God – or, about …

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