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Philosophy and Worship by James K. A. Smith

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The Woman Behind Textweek

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https://www.faithandleadership.com/woman-behind-textweekcom

Faith of a women that made a difference when her son had Autism

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans

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A Hymn After Gun Violence

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Isaiah 4:2; 1 John 4:18; James 3:1-12; Micah 6:8; Matthew 25:35

A hymn written after the Orlando mass killings, plus other hymns for reflection on gun violence:


To see the complete resource, click here: http://www.carolynshymns.com/to_a_place_of_celebration.html

To a Place of Celebration
EBENEZER 8.7.8.7 D ("Why Do Nations Rage Together")

To a place of celebration filled with laughter, dancing, joy,
Came such violent devastation — one man's efforts to destroy.
God, we grieve for loved ones taken; we lament, "What can we do?"
Now, we're feeling lost and shaken; heal our nation! Make us new!
Weapons kill — and so does silence; hear our prayer as we confess:
We have given in to violence, we have bowed to hopelessness.
God, we've lost our sense of vision of a world where there will be
Plowshares made from violent weapons, justice in society.
Give our leade...

At Least As Many Ways (to God): A Poem

WORSHIP  |  Chris Neufeld-Erdman

John 10.16 Acts 10.34-35

Here's a poetic vision for a faith open to a God who is not contained by any particular religious tradition.  It's a lyrical, playful, inventive dialog and teases the reader open to the many ways into the heart of the Divine.  

Useful as a meditation in worship or a guided meditation in a small group with conversation to follow.  ...

An Easter Acclamation: Cosmic and Evolutionary

WORSHIP  |  Chris Neufeld-Erdman

After searching for an opening Easter Acclamation that's progressive and cosmic in nature, and finding nothing that went where I'd like to take the congregation on Easter, I decided I'd just have to write one.  

So, here's an acclamation/invocation that draws on themes found in the high Christology of Saint Paul (Colossians) and well as the apocryphal Gospel of Thomas; it's also drawn from the medieval mystics Meister Eckhart and Hildegard von Bingen, and the modern evolutionary theologians, Teilhard de Chardin and Thomas Berry.  I also hope it has some of the poetic flare of that great earth mystic, Saint John (Muir) of the Mountains.  
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Not Like Me: A one person monologue to use in worship

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http://sacredise.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/NotLikeMe.pdf

Creative ways to Worship with a Monologue

Not Like Me: A one person dialogue ...

Prayer to End Violence

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http://rev-o-lution.org/2015/10/01/prayer-to-end-violence/

Prayer in a time of turmoil to End Violence...

Praying and Acting for Peace

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John 20:19, Mathew 5:3-10

Liturgy: Intergenerational Ministry for Families/Pastors

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https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/liturgy-ritual-intergenerational-ministry

Family Ministry and Liturgy for Intergenerational Ministry...

A Confession for Our Callousness

WORSHIP  |  Floyd Thompkins

Rev. Floyd Thompkins offers a prayer of confession for when we've become callous to the needs around us....

Arise: A Call to Worship for Activist Congregations

WORSHIP  |  Floyd Thompkins

John 4:23

A Call to worship for congregations who have a social justice profile!...

Worship Lab: The Body as Text

WORSHIP  |  San Francisco Theological Seminary

Psalm 139

Developed at San Francisco Theological Seminary, this is a sample worship service that leads worshipers to pay attention to their bodies, tuning into them the way we often do with scripture. ...

Lectio Divina: Praying with Scripture

WORSHIP  |  San Francisco Theological Seminary

Psalm 46

This resource outlines a worship service using Lection Divina. Lectio Divina literally means “divine reading,” and is a process of reading the scripture in combination with meditation and prayer. The theme of Phoenix Affirmation #2 is Listening for God?s Voice, and Finding Our Own. In Lectio, we are making the space to quiet ourselves to be receptive to God?s word for us and through our contemplation, begin to find our own voice. The text will be read three times each time from a different translation, as a reminder that while we each hear God?s voice in the scriptures, our voices will be different like the voices of the various translators....

Worship Lab: Build a Poem

WORSHIP  |  San Francisco Theological Seminary

Psalm 46

This resource provides a creative worship service outline. It involves listening for – and responding to – God in poetry. Listening to a poem – and a Psalm (the poetry of the Bible) – and then taking time to write a poem together out of the images that are rising up within us....

Worship Series: Holy Vessels

WORSHIP  |  Marcia McFee

This non-lectionary series originally designed for Lent focuses on the journey of brokenness, healing and wholeness utilizing the anchor image of beach glass. The worship resources included here contain ideas for each of the worship arts areas and can be adapted to fit any community's context. Compatible with Affirmation #11, Self-Care....

Worship Series: Angels Among Us

WORSHIP  |  Marcia McFee

This fully-scripted Advent/Christmas series from the Worship Design Studio features the stories of the winged messengers who visited Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, and the Shepherds. What messages we can offer that will counteract a culture of fear and bring #morehope, #morepeace, #morejoy, and #morelove to the world? This series is compatible with Affirmation #7, Prophetic Voice. Read the synopses here, and learn more about the full package including worship scripts for the season, suggestions for children in worship from Guest Expert Mark Burrows, original music by Chuck Bell and Marcia McFee, and more at www.worshipdesignstudio.com/angels....

Worship Series: Imagine the People of God

WORSHIP  |  Marcia McFee

This non-lectionary series was inspired by a beautiful song called "Imagine the People of God," a song which crosses the boundaries of traditional/contemporary worship labels. Each Sunday is based on an aspect of what we can imagine the "kin-dom" of God to look like. Originally created for Ordinary Time, this series can be adapted for anytime of year for Affirmation #12, Purpose....

Worship Series: Risky Business

WORSHIP  |  Marcia McFee

This series, originally designed for Epiphany Plus (Narrative Lectionary), can be used anytime you want to emphasize how Jesus calls us to take risks on behalf of love and justice. Scriptures show Jesus rubbing rulers the wrong way, eating with "sinners," and putting himself amidst the sick and unclean. Compatible with Affirmation #7, Prophetic Voice....

Worship Series: The Outsiders

WORSHIP  |  Marcia McFee

This series explores scriptures that tell the story of Jesus' relationship with those on the so-called "outside." What can we learn and how can we respond to Jesus' call to turn the inside out and the outside in? This series can be adapted for anytime of year and is compatible with Affirmation #5, Inclusion....

Worship Series: Roll Down Justice

WORSHIP  |  Marcia McFee

This non-lectionary Lenten series is inspired by Amos, a prophet whose message is that God calls us to let "justice roll down like waters." Worship without justice is not acceptable, rather our songs must move us to action on behalf of the oppressed. This fully-scripted series utilizes the music of WDS Guest Expert, Mark Miller, and is compatible with Affirmation #6, Justice....

Think Like a Filmmaker 9-Week Webinar Series

WORSHIP  |  Marcia McFee

The Worship Design Studio is proud to be partnering with thisweaffirm.org to provide worship series materials for each affirmation over the next three years. Want to know more about the techniques taught by Dr. Marcia McFee for creating "sensory-rich" worship? Sign up for the FREE 9-session webinar curriculum based on her latest book, Think Like a Filmmaker: Sensory-Rich Worship Design for Unforgettable Messages. The teachings in this series will help you create a strong process for planning together as a team and a plan-ahead strategy to lessen the stress of creating worship week after week. Let's proclaim the liberating messages of these Affirmations through vital and memorable worship!...

3 Free Downloads from the Convergence Music Project

WORSHIP  |  Convergence Music Project

The Convergence Music Project offers great new worship music with language and theology that is totally in sync with This We Affirm. The songs on the site are indexed in many different ways to make it EASY for you to find the exact song you need for any specific moment in worship. 

As a subscriber, you can access 3 free songs and their related sheet music products. Checkout with this resource in your cart and you'll receive a code giving you access to your songs, which can be downloaded 
one song at a time from the Convergence Music Project. The code can be used up 3 times for 3 free downloads.



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Worship Series: Listen

WORSHIP  |  Marcia McFee

This fully-scripted worship series is called "Listen: Hearing that Still Small Voice and Finding Your Own." Take your community on an introspective journey to quiet the soul and attune the ears to hear the voice of God. Originally created for Lent, this series can be modified for any time of year and is compatible with Affirmation #2, Prayer.

Go to www.worshipdesignstudio.com/listen to purchase this item (regularly $99) with a 20% This We Affirm discount. Use promo code TWA20 at checkout on the Worship Design Studio site.

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Worship Series: Busy

WORSHIP  |  Marcia McFee

"Busy: Reconnecting with an Unhurried God" is a fully-scripted worship series for Lent that supports Affirmation #11, Self-Care. The theme draws on the need for self-care in order to continue our work of caring for others. It addresses the growing intensity and frenetic pace of life. The series will invite folks to practices of making room, clearing out, slowing down, and prioritizing for the sake of holistic lives. Includes full worship service scripts for six weeks of Lent, plus Ash Wednesday. Also included: pre-Lent retreat materials, small group ideas and sermon fodder for pastors, visual and media arts suggestions, children's worship ideas, and more!

Go to www.worshipdesignstudio.com/busy to purchase this item (regularly $99) with a 20% This We Affirm discount. Use promo code TWA20 at checkout on the Worship Design Studio site.
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