Tag Archive: Music

Dec 16

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day (Year A)

I have posted about the various Nativity of the Lord readings in previous posts. The one that I posted last year has a plethora of ideas, as well as links to other posts that could be helpful.  You can also find liturgy suggestions from previous years here. Worship Ideas Celebrating that the Light of the …

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Sep 23

19th Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

Worship Ideas The talk of houses being purchased in Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 and the mention of “shelter” in Psalm 91:1-6, 14-15 could serve as inspiration to talk about or work with a group such as Habitat For Humanity. Here’s an easy (and fun) mission project: write words of hope and prayers for a happy home on index …

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Apr 01

2nd Sunday of Easter (Year C)

Acts 5:27-32 Common English Bible and NRSV It may be helpful to identify the “them” in this passage when you read it.  (Pronouns at the start of pericopies are such fun, aren’t they?)  The first “they” refers to the captain of the temple guard and his guards.  The second “they” refers to the apostles. The …

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Dec 03

An Advent Hymn Resource

Looking for a way to let your congregation sing all of their favorite Christmas tunes and remain faithful to the theology and traditions of the Advent season? With the stores and radio stations all playing Christmas music 24/7, it is often difficult to resist singing Christmas carols in worship.  To address this issue, the Presbyterian Outlook commissioned …

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Nov 28

Advent (Year C) – Words for Worship

I was challenged to write liturgy for the Passing of the Peace for use during Advent.  So… I thought I would put something together.  And, as a bonus, I’m offering alternative lyrics for the Doxology that can be used throughout the season.  Enjoy! Assurance of Pardon & The Peace (inspired by Malachi 3:1-4, Isaiah 9:6, …

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Aug 13

12th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 20B] (Year B)

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 Without much fanfare, we transition from the life and reign of David to the life and reign of Solomon. This is a really interesting story that is not familiar to most folks.  Solomon is given the opportunity of a lifetime when God says, “Ask what I should give you.”  This rare …

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Apr 14

3rd Sunday of Easter (Year B)

Acts 3:12-19 It may be helpful to provide a fuller context for this narrative.  I suggest that you start the reading at verse 1, and read Acts 3:1-19.  This way, you (and the congregation) understand what it is that Peter saw in verse 12.  And more than that, it is a really great story! Especially …

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Mar 28

Easter Sunday (Year B) – “Alternative” Worship Ideas

Looking for something a little different to include in your Easter worship this year?  The Worship Closet has got you covered!  Here are a few of the ideas that I’ve developed this year.  Be blessed! Creative Worship Settings and Elements If the weather is good (and warm enough), have your worship service outdoors on the …

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Feb 23

1st Sunday in Lent – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 25) Leader:   We lift up our souls to you, Holy God. People:   We trust the Lord with our past, present, and future. Leader:   Teach us, Lord, that we may know your ways. People:   Guide our every move, Holy One, that we may walk in your paths of love and …

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Nov 22

2nd Sunday of Advent (Year B)

Isaiah 40:1-11 If you are able to read this passage of scripture and NOT end up humming, whistling, or singing a selection from Handel’s Messiah, then…well, I sad for you.  I have had the joy of singing selections from Handel’s Messiah with multiple choirs over the years – most often around the Advent and Christmas …

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