Worship Ideas

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Posted: 04 May 2016 10:53
Media Types: story, creative writing
Bible Refs: Luke 7:11-17
Written By: Bob Hartman
Lectionary Weeks: Proper 5, Ordinary/Lectionary 10 (Year C)

This is a creative re-telling of the raising of the Widow of Nain's son from the dead. The twist is that it comes from the dead boy's perspective, which brings out all sorts of new ideas. It also looks forward to Jesus' resurrection and future hope. This story is available courtesy...

Posted: 04 May 2016 07:42
Media Types: Poetry, creative writing
Bible Refs: Gal 5:15-16
Written By: Dave Hopwood
Lectionary Weeks: Proper 6, Ordinary/Lectionary 11 (Year C)

This is a poem based on Galatians 5:15-16. It reminds us of the rich grace of God, and how we cannot work to earn our salvation. Extract from the poem: We have discovered something, a liberating, burden-lifting, life-releasing secret: we are accepted and welcomed by God. Not because of our working hard, doing good deeds, not...

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 11:03
Bible Refs: Psalm 96
Written By: Bob Hartman
Lectionary Weeks: Proper 4, Ordinary/Lectionary 9 (Year C)

Psalm 96 (like 67 which we also recently posted an idea for) reminds us that God is the God ofthe whole earth. Bob's energetic version brings this out with joy. Could be used at the beginning of a service, perhaps with a beat or some rhythmic chords underneath to lead...

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 10:53
Bible Refs: Psalm 146
Written By: Dave Hopwood
Lectionary Weeks: Proper 5, Ordinary/Lectionary 10 (Year C)

This is a poetic 'revisiting' of Psalm 146. You may want to read an original translation first. You could use this as a prayer-shout or a call to worship. Extract from the psalm: Praise the Lord! We will praise the LORD as long as we live; we will sing praises to our God...

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 09:16
Media Types: Poetry, creative writing
Bible Refs: Gal 1:6-12
Written By: Dave Hopwood
Lectionary Weeks: Proper 4, Ordinary/Lectionary 9 (Year C)

This poem is based on Galatians 1:6-12. It could be used around a time of reading from the gospels, or as a reflective response to a sermon about the gospel's implication for our lives. Extract from the poem: This gospel, this good news, this life-transforming message: Has it been made up? Is it manufactured by people? Contrived from...

Posted: 20 Apr 2016 11:43
Bible Refs: Psalm 8
Written By: Bob Hartman
Lectionary Weeks: Trinity Sunday (Year C)

This is a poetic, rhyming version of Psalm 8. You may want to read the actual Psalm first. Extract from the psalm: Lord, you are king, it's your name we sing and the heavens ring with your glory. Infant sighs and baby cries, defy the lies that we are just a passing accident of time. For even though...

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 14:21
Bible Refs: Gen 11:1-9
Written By: Bob Hartman
Lectionary Weeks: Day of Pentecost (Year C)

Here is a fun, Dr Seuss style re-telling of the Babel story. Enjoy! Extract from the poem: Back in the days when the world was quite young there was only one language: that's right, only one. No Swedish or English and no Portuguese, just one common tongue they all spoke with ease. Not sure what they called it, we don't...

Bible Refs: Psalm 67
Written By: Sam Hargreaves
Lectionary Weeks: Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year C)

Psalm 67 is wonderful because it reminded Israel (as it should remind us) that we are blessed to be a blessing to the whole world. God chooses us in order that we will share his light and life with all of creation. This interactive and visually stimulating version of Ps 67...

Posted: 15 Apr 2016 08:04
Bible Refs: John 17:20-26
Written By: Bob Hartman
Lectionary Weeks: Seventh Sunday of Easter (Year C)

This is a poetic re-telling of Jesus prayer for the disciples in John 17:20-26. You could use it when focusing on themes of unity, community and being "in Christ". Extract from the poem: And Jesus said: This is my prayer. My prayer for the disciples who follow me now. And my prayer for...

Posted: 15 Apr 2016 07:51
Written By: Bob Hartman
Lectionary Weeks: Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year C)

This is Revelation 21 and 22, re-imagined as an estate agent showing John around the New Jerusalem. It is a funny and accessible way to approach this text. Extract from the script: He shook my hand and introduced himself. "Seven Angels. Estate Agents," he said. Then he took me to the top of...

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Area 52
Linking Songs - Why and How?
Here is an article we wrote for the Royal School of Church Music's magazine Sunday By Sunday, on Linking Songs and Flow. We also filmed a video to demonstrate the different...
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