Tag Archive: Matthew

Apr 01

Palm Sunday (Year A)

Worship Ideas I have posted ideas and suggestions for Palm Sunday in other years, so you will want to check out those posts: Palm Sunday (Year B) ideas Palm Sunday (Year B) liturgy suggestions Palm Sunday (Year C) ideas Palm Sunday (Year C) liturgy suggestions The Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 reading is used every year on …

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Feb 24

Ash Wednesday (Year A)

Worship Ideas Let’s be honest: the RCL readings for Ash Wednesday are the same every year.  If you are anything like me, you may be feeling as though you have already tried everything and said everything.  Trust me, though — you haven’t.  There are still plenty of things to say and plenty of things to try. …

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Feb 19

Transfiguration Sunday (Year A)

Worship Ideas The Revised Common Lectionary readings for this Sunday are full of imagery that you may want to feature in your worship display: bright clouds, devouring fire, tablets of stone, and broken pottery. Exodus 24:12-18 tells us of Moses’ encounter with the Almighty on Mount Sinai. Create your own cloud to “cover” your sanctuary …

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Feb 05

7th Sunday After the Epiphany (Year A)

Worship Ideas Leviticus is not a book that we read very often; but Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 is a wonderful text to use when talking about our call to love one another. We are not holy because of anything we do. We are holy because God is holy. The directives that are offered in this passage do …

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Feb 04

6th Sunday After the Epiphany (Year A)

Worship Ideas Deuteronomy 30:15-20 reminds us that God has given us the freedom to choose – either that which gives life or that which does not. In what ways do you (and your congregation) choose life? In what ways do you (and your congregation) choose death? The suggested reading of Sirach 15:15-20 pairs well with the reading from Deuteronomy (and, …

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Jan 24

5th Sunday After the Epiphany (Year A)

Worship Ideas Isaiah 58:1-12 is a wonderful passage to use if you are wanting to emphasize the importance of genuine worship and sacrifice. It isn’t about rites and rituals. It is all about justice, service to others, and humility. Want to do something daring? Center your entire service around service to others: create Valentines’ Day cards for your …

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Jan 21

4th Sunday After the Epiphany (Year A)

Worship Ideas The words from Micah 6:1-8 may be familiar to many in your congregation. To help people hear the Word in a new way, you may want to read this lesson from a different translation (or, perhaps, several different translations). You could have different voices read each verse from a different translation – giving …

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Jan 12

3rd Sunday After the Epiphany (Year A)

Worship Ideas If you haven’t gotten enough of the Isaiah 9:1-4 passage (which was used quite a bit during Advent), you could celebrate the gift of light by decorating your worship space with items that provide light: lamps, light bulbs, glow sticks, flashlights, candles, etc. The theme of “light” continues in the reading from Psalm …

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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

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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