Worship Ideas

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Posted: 26 Sep 2016 13:31
Media Types: parable, script, story
Bible Refs: Luke 18:1-8
Written By: Bob Hartman
Lectionary Weeks: Proper 24, Ordinary/Lectionary 29 (Year C)

This is an all-age friendly version of Jesus' parable about the persistent widow. It could work at any point when you are speaking on that parable, or simply encouraging the congregation to keep praying and not give up. Extract from the script: So Jesus told a parable. A parable about praying. Praying...

Posted: 19 Sep 2016 14:02
Media Types: script, Bible reading
Bible Refs: Luke 19:1-10
Written By: Dave Hopwood
Lectionary Weeks: Proper 26, Ordinary/Lectionary 31 (Year C)

A hilarious take on the Zacchaeus story, as he phones the insurance company to try and get cover for climbing the tree. Great introduction to the story for all ages. Extract from the script: (Zacchaeus makes a phone call) Ah good morning, I’m inquiring about the insurance policies you offer. Yes that’s right....

Posted: 16 Sep 2016 08:58
Media Types: Poetry, Bible reading
Bible Refs: Luke 17:11-19
Written By: Bob Hartman
Lectionary Weeks: Proper 23, Ordinary/Lectionary 28 (Year C)

This is an accessible version of the story of Jesus healing ten men wth leprosy. Bob injects his usual humour, rhythm and fun into the tale, whilst drawing out the deeper points. Extract from the poem: Ten men with leprosy, skin all scarred and goo-ish. One was a Samaritan, the other nine were Jewish.
 Ten men...

Themes: all age, humility
Written By: Dave Hopwood
Lectionary Weeks: Proper 25, Ordinary/Lectionary 30 (Year C)

This is a re-telling of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector parable. You could have two actors deliver the lines and act it out with a narrator, or you could use it as involvement piece, involving the audience as follows:
 Divide the congregation into two, side one must play the part...

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 11:35
Bible Refs: Luke 18:7-8
Written By: Sara Hargreaves
Lectionary Weeks: Proper 24, Ordinary/Lectionary 29 (Year C)

The story of the persistent widow in Luke 18 is a great encouragement to keep crying out to God in prayer. Below, I have arranged the words slightly to create a response to these prayers, which will stir hope in our hearts. Use the words as a simple response at...

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 17:23
Media Types: Bible reading, Poetry
Written By: Bob Hartman
Lectionary Weeks: Proper 22, Ordinary/Lectionary 27 (Year C)

This active version of some of Jesus' teaching picks up on short phrases he uses. These are turned into poems, which the congregation can learn and participate in. Divide your group into four small groups, one for each of the little poems. Teach each group their lines before you begin...

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 17:09
Media Types: Bible reading, script
Bible Refs: Luke 16:19-31
Written By: Bob Hartman
Lectionary Weeks: Proper 21, Ordinary/Lectionary 26 (Year C)

This is an active version of Jesus' parable. Divide your group in two, one for Lazarus and one for the rich man. Then get a leader for each group to lead that group in its actions. In the calling, shaking head section, you could also have each group repeat the...

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 16:55
Media Types: Poetry, creative writing
Bible Refs: Gen 32:22-32
Written By: Dave Hopwood
Lectionary Weeks: Proper 24, Ordinary/Lectionary 29 (Year C)

A poem based on the story of Jacob wrestling with the angel. It reflects on our own experiences of wrestling and struggle. Extract from the poem: Jacob was alone by the river Jabbok; 
 it was growing dark as a man stepped from the shadows and wrestled with him until daybreak.
 We may often find ourselves...

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 12:24
Bible Refs: Psalm 37:1-9
Written By: Sara Hargreaves
Lectionary Weeks: Proper 22, Ordinary/Lectionary 27 (Year C)

The beginning of Psalm 37 sounds very much like someone wise giving a list of advice of how to live for God. This setting is therefore set out as half of the congregation giving advice to the other half. Designate everyone into group 1 and group 2 (if you would...

Posted: 01 Sep 2016 12:44
Media Types: Powerpoint, Prayer, Liturgy
Bible Refs: 1 Tim 6:11-19, Matt 6:19-20
Written By: Sam Hargreaves
Lectionary Weeks: Proper 21, Ordinary/Lectionary 26 (Year C)

This is Paul's prayer for Timothy from 1 Tim 6, rewritten as a sending blessing. It would work well in a service where you have spoken about money, finances and storing up treasures in heaven, through living generously. You can download the PowerPoint to display on a screen, or print the...

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Area 52
All Age worship songs
Below is a video Sam created for the RESOUNDworship.org Worship Songwriters Retreat 2016. It was also featured on the RESOUND Worship Songwriters Podcast, episode 17. It is relevant if you are...
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