Tag Archive: John

Mar 26

5th Sunday in Lent (Year A)

Worship Ideas Most of us think of the Ezekiel 37:1-14 passage being read on Pentecost Sunday, but the life-giving work of the Spirit is not limited to only one day per year. You may want to teach the children the song “Dem Bones” during the Children’s Moment. Psalm 130 could be read aloud in unison, serving …

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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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Mar 17

3rd Sunday in Lent (Year A)

Worship Ideas If you are preaching on Exodus 17:1-7, and you have the space and materials to do it, display a water fountain in the front of your worship space that features water that comes out of a rock. If you don’t have access to a pre-made fountain, you may be able to construct one …

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Mar 09

2nd Sunday in Lent (Year A)

Worship Ideas Genesis 12:1-4a speaks of God blessing Abram. Use those verses as the inspiration for a service of blessing and dedication. You could say special prayers of blessing over anyone and everyone (and everything, really). Psalm 121 brings a much-needed word of hope to many of the people in our pews. Invite the congregation to …

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Jan 12

2nd Sunday After the Epiphany (Year A)

Worship Ideas What if we were to read Isaiah 49:1-7 as if the words were written about us? Each of us have been called to be a light – reflecting the Light of Christ, the Light of the World. Say these words as a blessing to one another. Speaking of blessings, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 could also be used …

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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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May 20

Trinity Sunday (Year C)

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 Common English Bible and NRSV If you don’t want to focus on the Trinity, you may want to use this text as inspiration for a “Gifts of Women” service. Preach your sermon as “Woman Wisdom”.  Think about what she might wear, how she might preach… You may want to include things like a …

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May 13

Pentecost Sunday (Year C)

You will likely want to look at the resources that were posted last year, since some of the readings are the same.  You can find the lectionary reflections and ideas here, and the liturgy is available here. Acts 2:1-21 Common English Bible and NRSV Find (or make) recordings of wind noises, and play them while …

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May 05

7th Sunday of Easter (Year C) – Words for Worship

Call to Worship (inspired by Revelation 22:12-14 and John 17:20-26) Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! The Alpha and Omega gifts us with glory. Together, we will shine with the grace and glory of our Lord! Prayer of Confession (inspired by John 17:20-26) Righteous God, we confess that we seek division more than unity. …

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May 05

7th Sunday of Easter (Year C)

Acts 16:16-34 Common English Bible and NRSV Did you notice that Paul’s first inclination was not to command the spirit to leave the girl – his first inclination was to ignore it.  When the annoyance was too much, then Paul acted and commanded the spirit to leave the slave girl.  Do we wait until we are …

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