worship-resources

Find reflections on scripture, concepts for worship and disciple formation, music, liturgy, and more to invigorate your worship planning. Most of these come from Methodist sources and reflect Wesleyan theology.

Reimagine Advent: Discover the Liberating Christ

Are we willing to rethink Advent and reach out to the Jesus of the refugees, the poor, and the marginalized, so that we may finally walk in the Light of Christ?
Are we ready to examine this story of our faith in new ways and respond to God’s call for justice and joy, even if we are called to make significant changes in the ways we pray, love, give, speak out and act?

The General Commission on Religion and Race offers these worship resources to help pastors, preachers, Christian educators, and worship leaders guide their congregations and faith groups through the time of reflection, anticipation, renewal, and joy that is the gift of Advent.

You will find along with the Lectionary texts for each week:

  • Suggested hymns and songs
  • A litany and opening prayer
  • Sermon starters
  • A hands-on activity for children’s church or church school

This is all available online now.

Come Home for Christmas

Advent is an invitation. It leads us to Christmas, to celebrate the Incarnate one who comes to remind us that we are not alone, and God is with us. God gives us the gifts and strength to build the Beloved Community in our world. That’s the home for which we long. That’s the invitation this Advent season to your church and the world: “Come home for Christmas.” Find the worship resources for this Discipleship Ministries worship series

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United Methodist–Related Sources

United Methodist Discipleship Ministries

  • The worship staff at this United Methodist agency provides weekly scripture commentary, sermon ideas, United Methodist Book of Worship content, and worship service suggestions for the upcoming seasons and Revised Common Lectionary readings.

 

Ministry Matters

  • Scripture reflections for preaching, planning and leading worship, services for special occasions, prayers and litanies, complete orders of worship, worship for children, music, and more.

 

Resource UMC

  • Articles, suggestions, references, and more for United Methodist congregational ministry, including worship resources.

 

Hymnary.org

  • A comprehensive index of hymns and hymnals.

 

The Order of St. Luke

  • A religious order dedicated to sacramental and liturgical scholarship, education, and practice.

 

Revised Common Lectionary

  • A three-year cycle of scripture texts used by many church bodies around the world.

 

Worship Design Studio

  • Innovative ideas for sensory-rich and well-integrated worship services. Led by Dr. Marcia McFee, a recognized United Methodist worship designer and author, the site offers videos, interviews, resources, advice for coordinating worship teamwork, webinars, and crowdsourcing. The material applies to churches of various sizes and worship styles.