Category: 4leading

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…

Light-shedding

(A series of prayers for Education Sunday based on Psalm 119:33-37 and Matthew 5:13-20) Invoking the light  We gather this day to worship and wonder at the Father of all creation who, in the beginning, spoke, “Let there be light! and there was light. (a candle is lit) We gather this day to listen to and learn from Christ Jesus,…

A Woman’s Creed

In preparing for my last session in our “From Queens to Prostitutes” course in Women’s Month, I came across this powerful and moving creed by Rachel C. Wahlberg from Prayers & Poems, Songs & Stories Ecumenical Decade: Churches in Solidarity With Women. May it help you to draw closer to the God who created you as “Beautiful beloved” as it has me. *** I…

Suggestions for Celebrating Women

On the 9th of August in South Africa we remember more than 20 000 South African women of all races who, in 1956, marched peacefully to the Union Buildings in protest against the tyranny of apartheid – many with children upon their backs. Celebrating their nobility, bravery and solidarity becomes a profound moment of acknowledging the feminine image of God who creates…