Liturgy and worship aids
Materials for personal prayer or congregational liturgy, by David Gambrell for the Office of Theology and Worship.
Worship is central to the Reformed tradition. Engage your congregation in the issues related to HIV and AIDS through the prayer of confession/assurance of pardon, the lighting of the Advent candle, the children’s moment, the sermon, a minute for mission (see the entry for December 1, World AIDS Day, in the 2010 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study), the prayers of the people and a work of art or a bulletin insert. Here are some descriptions and examples.
Believe it or not, it is possible to talk about AIDS with children, even in a worship service. Use these guidelines for planning the discussion in your congregation.
For assistance in preparation for a service lifting up HIV and AIDS. These worship resources can be used for World AIDS Day (December 1), or any time throughout the year. AIDS is an important issue that impacts people in your congregation, community and around the world. The resource packet includes:
- Calls to worship
- Calls to confession
- Suggestions for preparing an HIV/AIDS sermon and service
- Suggested scripture passages
- Suggested music
The traditional themes of the Sundays of Advent are hope, peace, joy and love. Many congregations light a candle each week and focus part of the liturgy on the concept for that week. Each of these words has unique meaning in a world where an estimated 33 million people are living with HIV or AIDS and an estimated 2.7 million more people are being infected with HIV annually. Since World AIDS Day usually falls between the first and second Sundays in Advent, we will focus on the themes of hope and peace. If you are incorporating these themes into ...
This Great Prayer of Thanksgiving is especially intended for use during a Thanksgiving celebration.
Use this collection of Thanksgiving litanies as you prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving.
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 ...
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
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).