Tag Archive: Prayers

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

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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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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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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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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Nov 12

26th Sunday After Pentecost (Year C)

Worship Ideas Since the Isaiah 65:17-25 reading talks about building houses, why not collect supplies for a building project?  Or, write words of blessing on 2×4 beams that can be used in a new house. The Isaiah 65:17-25 reading is also about peace and peaceful living.  The text talks about wolves and lambs feeding together and lions …

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Nov 04

25th Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

Worship Ideas There is great hope to be found in the reading from Haggai 1:15b-2:9. If you are ministering in a place that is struggling with decline or loss, the message that God has the ability and desire to restore and rebuild is one that may be well received (and greatly needed).  Use this text …

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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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