Tag Archive: Luke

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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Oct 22

24th Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

Worship Ideas Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 forces us to deal with being patient and relying on (and trusting) God’s sense of timing.  Are there plans and “visions” that your congregation embraces that you are waiting to have come to fruition?  Write out your plans/visions on plaques or banners and display them in your worship space.  Be …

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Oct 21

23rd Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

Worship Ideas The Joel 2:23-32 reading makes mention of grain and wine and oil.  Decorate your worship space with overflowing containers of grains, bottles/carafes of wine, and bottles/bowls of oil. Psalm 65 could be read after the Prayer of Confession and Declaration of Forgiveness — use it as an ascription of praise, reading it in …

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Oct 06

21st Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

Worship Ideas Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 is a powerful word of hope for people who find themselves living in a period of “exile”.  God tells us to transform our places of exile by living and thriving where we have been planted.  Use this as an opportunity to talk about how your church is transforming exiles — perhaps …

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Sep 30

20th Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

Worship Ideas With all of the negative things that we see and hear in the news every day, the Lamentations 3:19-26 passage offers us an important reminder to stay focused on the positive gifts that God gives us every moment.  Create a collage of positive words, phrases, and pictures to decorate your worship space. The …

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Sep 09

17th Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

Worship Ideas The parables that Jesus uses in the Gospel lesson (Luke 15:1-10) are likely familiar to many in your congregation, so you may want to explore them in some new ways. Decorate the worship space as though you are having a party – complete with balloons and streamers. Have someone from the congregation “hide” …

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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 19

14th Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

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Worship Ideas Use the Call/Commissioning of  Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:4-10 as inspiration for a blessing of the kids who are starting school this year.  God chooses us all to do amazing things (indeed, even the simplest of tasks can be amazing when God is involved) — it is a great time to remind kids (and …

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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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Aug 05

12th Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

Worship Ideas The Luke 12:32-40 passage includes the phrase “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”, which is often used when talking about stewardship.  You may want to use this as an opportunity to talk about things like estate planning and/or stewardship of time and talents. If you are talking about “treasure”, you …

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