Liturgy and worship aids

  • A Thanksgiving Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyTheology and Worship

    This Great Prayer of Thanksgiving is especially intended for use during a Thanksgiving celebration.

  • Thanksgiving prayers

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyTheology and Worship

    Use this collection of Thanksgiving litanies as you prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving.

  • Scriptures for Thanksgiving

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyTheology and Worship

    While Thanksgiving is a national holiday, the tradition of giving thanks at the end of the harvest is a religious event celebrated in most cultures. The national practice of giving thanks in November is therefore quite biblical.

    Scripture abounds with thanksgiving to God, for thanksgiving is part of the Christian way of life, no matter what the circumstances. These are just a few scriptures you may wish to use for a Thanksgiving liturgy.

    For a church service Col. 1 is particularly appropriate, bridging the liturgy between Christ the King Sunday and the First Sunday in Advent. In lean years, other ...

  • "A Grateful Heart" hymn

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyTheology and Worship

    This hymn, suitable for use during Thanksgiving,  is based on Psalm 111:1, "I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart."

    This prayer is recommended along with the hymn:

    With hearts full of your blessings, O God, we pour out our thanksgiving and praise.
    Shape our lives by your wisdom and grace so that we may live with gratitude and generosity; all for your glory and the good of your world; through Jesus Christ our Savior

  • A Service of Wholeness for World AIDS Day

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyInternational AIDS

    Since World AIDS Day occurs during the first week of Advent in the Christian year, it is appropriate (particularly in the sermon or prayers of the people) to make connections to the biblical and theological themes of the liturgical season. Advent is a time of waiting in hope and faith for the coming of Christ’s realm — a new creation in which God’s promises of justice, wholeness, and reconciliation are fulfilled. In this season of longing and anticipation, we give thanks for the light of life in Christ, which can never be extinguished (John 1:5).

  • All Saints Liturgy

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyTheology and Worship

    This All-Saints Sunday communion service includes a naming of the honored dead and an easy all-saints ribbon banner.

  • A Litany for Reformation Sunday

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyTheology and Worship

    This litany for Reformation Sunday is composed of excerpts from the Creeds, Catechisms and Confessions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

  • "We Praise the Word of God" hymn

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyTheology and Worship

    This hymn text by David Gambrell, set to the familiar tune Leoni (“The God of Abraham Praise”), seeks to illustrate the various dimensions of the “Word of God” in the Reformed tradition: “Scripture – the Word written, preaching – the Word proclaimed, and the Sacraments – the Word enacted and sealed, bear testimony to Jesus Christ, the living Word.” (Directory for Worship, W-1.1004). Permission is granted for congregational use in worship or educational settings.

  • Caregiver Sunday 2010 packet

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPHEWA

    November 14, 2010, is Caregiver Sunday. Get suggestions for caregiving and resources for people who provide care.

    • What Does Family Caregiving Mean?
    • A Suggested Liturgy for Caregivers Sunday 2010
    • Eagles In A Storm — sermon illustration
    • Ideas for Honoring the Gifts of Family Caregivers
    • Beatitudes for Caregivers
    • Pastoral Care: Identifying At-Risk Caregivers
    • Contacts For More Information
  • Reading the New Testament Aloud

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyTheology and Worship

    Reading and studying large sections of Scripture in sequence – a time-honored practice in the Reformed tradition – provides a way to hear and understand the words and stories of the Bible in their broader theological, historical, cultural and literary contexts.

    Reading or hearing these passages aloud has a number of benefits: Scripture takes on a whole new dimension when you can hear its rhythms, its cadences and its poetry, features often overlooked when only read silently; the oral / aural presentation of these texts is probably closer to the way their intended audiences received them, in most cases, and is the way ...

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