Category: 4leading

A Prayer for Human Rights Day

*using the words of the prophet Isaiah (chapter 40) for a congregational response* O Lord who calls us into the Way of Right Living we remember this day the rights we’ve been given – rights hard fought for by those who have gone before through terrible suffering, oppression and war; rights taught in our classrooms and upheld by our law;…

An Advent Candle Poem/Prayer

For use in congregations/communities who light a candle each Sunday in Advent leading up to Christmas following the traditional pattern of prophets (hope), Mary and Joseph (faith), shepherds (joy), angels (peace) and Jesus (love) … a simple poem/prayer in five parts with an additional “verse” to be said as a conclusion to the prayer time until the final verse is…

It’s nothing but smoke

* contemplating in community Ecclesiastes 1:2-11 and James 1:2-11* You will need: a central altar or table, a black table cloth, a large candle (with three wicks is helpful to invoke visually the image of a Triune God), smaller tea lights (sufficient for the group), a lighter or matches, copies of the service, one per participant. Ritual actions indicated in…

Job 1:6-22 – a prayer journey with children

The book of Job seldom features in our conversations with children – or adults for that matter – because its subject matter is so difficult to make sense of. Job 1:22 is a verse which makes us question our understanding of God’s goodness and our (carefully-nursed) illusion that the Christian life is a comfortable one. Naked I came from my…

A Gathering Prayer

Following on from the gathering in – with string idea that I recently shared is a prayer based loosely on Psalm 119:49-56 which connects us with the countless generations of men, women, and children who have experienced the faithfulness of God in the triumphs and the struggles of their lives. The naming of these saints in Scripture deliberately includes people of different…

Choosing well

A children’s lesson based on 1 Kings 3:16-28 – Solomon displays godly wisdom. Preparation  2 identically-sized, solid bowls filled to the same level – one with sweets; the other with cereal or rice grains covered in a layer of sweets so that they appear the same. 2 boxes – one containing biscuits and the other lasagne sheets or similar. Prior…

Gathering in

A simple call to worship for a multicultural, multigenerational gathering which involves participants wrapping a ball of string around their wrist or waist before passing on to the next person until the entire community is literally joined together. The “gathering” words below can be prayed repetitively until the binding is complete or once followed by a chorus such as “Bind…

In the deserted place: Proper 13

A communion liturgy for the 8th Sunday after Trinity Sunday, based on the lectionary readings: Psalm 17:1-7, 16 Genesis 32:22-32 Matthew 14:13-21 Romans 9:1-5 Eugene Peterson, in his book, Under the Unpredictable Plant, writes of the necessary practice of askesis: a deliberate “exercise” or “discipline” of breaking with the ordinary routines of life in order to experience powerful growth in our personhood and…

Good Shepherd Sunday

*A traditional service based on lectionary readings for Easter 4 – Psalm 23, John 10:1-10, Acts 2:42-47, and 1 Peter 2:19-25* Hymn Suggestions: Crown him with many crowns Amazing grace When I survey the wondrous cross Jesus! The name high over all How great Thou art! The Lord’s my shepherd   Choir Introit Call to worship: Psalm 100 (NLT) Shout…

Lent: Feast or fast?

A Service for Ash Wednesday based on Isaiah 58:1-9 (1-14) and John 6:30-41 Call to worship (based on Isaiah 58:1-9 – The Message) Shout! A full-throated shout!     Hold nothing back—a trumpet-blast shout! Tell my people what’s wrong with their lives,     face my family Jacob with their sins! We’re busy, busy, busy at worship,     and love studying all about You. To…