Tag Archive: Matthew

Dec 02

Second Sunday of Advent (Year A)

Worship Ideas The passage from Isaiah 11:1-10 certainly lends itself to a conversation around the theme of “peace”.  However, it could also be the basis for conversations about “hope” — especially since we all hope for the peace that is described in this text. Children and adults alike may enjoy trying to think of unlikely pairs …

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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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Feb 11

Ash Wednesday (Year C)

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 Common English Bible and NRSV The first several verses of this passage foreshadow the darkness and earthquakes of Good Friday. You could use your sanctuary lighting to help illustrate the text: begin with the lights dimmed, and gradually increase the lighting as you approach the Assurance of Pardon. Will your congregation be …

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Jan 01

Epiphany Sunday (Year C)

Isaiah 60:1-6 Start the worship service with the lights dimmed, and make it brighter as the scripture is read.  This could be done as the Call to Worship (early in the service). Though it does mention that a multitude of camels will cover you, I do not recommend having a multitude of camels in your …

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Feb 15

Ash Wednesday (Year B)

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 God calls us home – back to God’s own self.  Welcome to the Lenten journey, folks… This is what it is all about. I am particularly drawn to the phrase “rend your hearts and not your clothing.”  We read about people tearing their clothing out of anguish, demonstrating in a dramatic, outward …

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Nov 09

Words for Worship – Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday

Call to Worship (adapted from Psalm 100) Jump up on your feet, Children of God, in celebration of our Lord!  Put a smile on your face and a song of praise on your lips! The Lord above created us.  We belong to God, and we are in the care and protection of the Almighty! Let …

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Nov 08

Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 God self-identifies as a shepherd, so if you have access to a shepherd’s crook, that would be an obvious visual aid to use with this text.  If you are wondering where you can find a shepherd’s crook (they don’t tend to be in stock in most department stores), there are online retailers …

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Nov 01

22nd Sunday after Pentecost

Judges 4:1-7 Deborah is such a fascinating person.  We are introduced to her with hardly any fanfare.  We are not told how it is that she (a woman) had come to be judging Israel.  We are not told about how she came to be named as a prophetess.  We are not told anything about her …

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Oct 31

21st Sunday after Pentecost

(Yes…I know that today isn’t Tuesday.  But, for the sake of keeping my Categories in order (making searching a little easier), let’s pretend it is… *wink*) Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 While considering this passage, we may ask ourselves, “what other gods do we serve”?  God seeks our undivided attention.  What does that look like?  What  does …

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Oct 25

All Saints

This Sunday, many of us will celebrate All Saints Sunday.  Now, officially, All Saints is on November 1; however, most Protestant Churches celebrate All Saints on the Sunday immediately prior to November 1.  Of course, this means that it tends to coincide (or, so might say that it conflicts) with Reformation Sunday (celebrating/remembering the “official” …

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