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Mar 15

Palm Sunday (Year C) – Words for Worship

Call to Worship (adapted from Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29) Hosanna, Lord Jesus! Hosanna!  Save us, we pray! Blessed is God’s Son, who comes in God’s Holy Name. We will raise our voices in a song of thanksgiving, for God’s steadfast love never ends! Prayer of Confession (inspired by Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29) Lord, your love bears all …

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Mar 15

Palm Sunday (Year C)

I have written about Palm Sunday before, so you may want to check out my previous posts: A Few Notes About Palm Sunday, Palm Sunday (Year B), and Palm Sunday – Words for Worship (Year B). Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Common English Bible and NRSV If you can find a musical setting for this psalm, sing …

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Feb 11

Ash Wednesday – Words for Worship (Year C)

Rev. Jessica Harren (thanks, Pastor Jessica!) wrote this litany for use on either Ash Wednesday (or the First Sunday in Lent) to “put away the alleluias” for the season. It suggests that you have a banner that proclaims “Alleluia”. If you don’t have one already, you can easily make one — or, you could make a …

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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 29

Transfiguration Sunday (Year C) – Words for Worship

Call to Worship (inspired by Exodus 34:29-35) We are here to meet the Holy One. We are here to witness the glory of the Lord. Our faces will shine with a God-given brightness, reflecting the goodness of the Almighty! We will not hide our faces.  We will shine with the light of Christ! Prayer of …

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Jan 29

Transfiguration Sunday (Year C)

Exodus 34:29-35 Common English Bible and NRSV Moses returns from meeting God face to…well…”face”.  As it turns out, the glory of God is so brilliant that Moses’ face literally shines from the encounter.  Since the people are afraid of Moses’ new “glow”, he decides to wear a veil – thus muting the impact of the …

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Dec 18

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day (Year C) – Words for Worship

Prayer of Confession (inspired by Isaiah 9:2-7) Mighty God, we confess that we have walked in darkness for too long.  We carry the yoke of guilt and we have felt the sting of the rod of sin and oppression.  Wonderful Counselor, guide us to walk in your light.  Free us from our burdens, and establish …

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Dec 18

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day (Year C)

There is a multitude of readings that you can use for Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day.  I have posted about each of these before, so you will want to check out those posts (I have links below).  Meanwhile, here are a few new ideas: Nativity of the Lord – Proper I Previously posted ideas for …

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Nov 19

Advent / Christmas Materials

While new materials for Advent and Christmas are in the process of being written, I thought it would be good to post some links to a few of the materials that were previously published by The Worship Closet (so you can have all the links in one spot): Advent Candlelighting Liturgy Longest Night / Blue …

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Nov 19

Christ the King / Reign of Christ Sunday (Year B) – Words for Worship

Call to Worship (based on Revelation 1:4-8) Grace and peace be yours, from the One who is, was, and is to come! All glory, honor, and power belong to Christ Almighty – now and forever! Let us praise our Lord, who loves us. Let us praise our Lord, who frees us from our sins. Prayer …

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