Waranga Uniting Churches

Worship Resources

With four congregations meeting weekly it is not possible for the minister to take every service in the parish. The Waranga Uniting Churches rely on members of their congregations and visiting preachers (mostly lay-preachers) to take regular services.

The resources on this page are intended to provide inspiration and good worship resources to enable our lay people to better undertake this ministry.

BIBLE READINGS

The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) is a three year cycle of Bible readings. It follows the seasons of the Christian year and begins each year with the first Sunday in Advent (which usually falls on the last Sunday in November).  The lectionary offers congregations a balanced diet of readings and is used by many churches around the world. There are readings for each Sunday of the year from the Hebrew Scriptures, the Psalms, the Epistles and the Gospels. Each year MediaCom publishes the Calendar and Lectionary for the subsequent year. The Lectionary provides dates for each Sunday and the readings for that day. It also suggests other resources to use with the lectionary.

The Lectionary Year A 2016-2017
The Lectionary 2015-2016 ‘Year C’
The Lectionary 2014-2015 ‘Year B’

Bible Readings Lectionary Readings for Year B in powerpoint ready for use in worship services

The Text this Week  Lectionary, scripture study, worship links and resources

Revised Common Lectionary Commentary: Equipping the people of God to proclaim Good News to the World. A ministry of the Anglican Diocese of Montreal, Canada.

Lectionary Resources: by Bill Loader, including weekly commentary on the New Testament readings

Bible Gateway: A searchable online Bible in over 35 languages and 50 versions.

LITURGY and ORDER OF SERVICE

Re: Worship  A really useful site full of resources and reflections on the set readings for worship planners and leaders.

Calls to worship A great range of calls to worship from Pastor Brad.

Opening Prayers Generations of worshipping congregations have included set prayers within the opening section of their weekly services. These generally cover the themes of adoration, thanksgiving and confession. From John Birch – Celtic Prayers

Prayers of the People Richard Einerson: Prayers Of The People.  These prayers are based on the three year common lectionary. All of the texts for each Sunday are listed and the suggested preaching text is highlighted. Most of the prayers which follow reference the text. 

Concluding prayers and blessing  A church service needs to have a definite conclusion, perhaps highlighting the implications of what has been taught and experienced, and praying for faithfulness in the week that lies ahead.  From the Anglican Diocese of Sydney.

The Billabong: A worship resource following the Revised Common Lectionary.

Lectionary Liturgies by Thom M. Shuman.  Liturgies based on the RCL readings for each Sunday of the church year.

Lectionary-Based Liturgies by Moira Laidlaw, Uniting Church in Australia, good liturgies, not sermons.

Worship resources from Brian Cole, Uniting Church in Australia, Tasmania

Upper Room: An online worship resource

Bruce Prewer’s Home Page . Lectionary resources from the author of Australian Psalms etc.

First Thoughts on Passages from the Gospels in the Lectionary by William Loader, Murdoch University, Western Australia.

Old Testament Lectionary Resources, by Anna Grant-Henderson of Parkin-Wesley College, Adelaide.

Lift up Your Hearts , Worship & Spirituality Site of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Liturgy that Works, New Zealand Anglican resources prepared by Bosco Peters

Laughing Bird Liturgical Resources: By the South Yarra Community Baptist Church in Melbourne.

HYMNS

Beswick Worship and preaching resources, including suggested hymns, for preachers and worship leaders using the Revised Common Lectionary prepared by David Beswick. The site contains readings, suggested hymns, sermon summary and orders of service. David also includes a complete sermon linked to title.

Singing from the Lectionary: A site updated weekly with song and music suggestions based on the Revised Common Lectionary.

HymnSite.com’s Hymn Suggestions for Revised Common Lectionary

RECORDED HYMNS

www.churchmusic.com.au  Hymns and choruses recorded in a simple style to support congregational worship.

This is a project of the Waranga Uniting Churches, championed by our Murchison congregation.  Some time ago a few of the Muchison UCA folk decided that they could do something to support congregations and organists by providing recordings of hymns for use when an organist isn’t available (or just wants a break!)

Ecumenical Choir 2As the Paul Kelly song goes “from little things, big things grow…” Well the UCA folk have been joined by the Anglican and the Catholic folk and some of the UCA folk from Colbinabbin, Rushworth, Toolamba and Tatura have joined them. This Ecumenical Choir meets fortnightly at the Murchison UCA. Jeanette Robinson records the hymns on tape and transfers them to her computer. Mavis Rohner provides the music and the choir gives voice to hymns and choruses from all traditions.

There is a small suggested donation for downloading the hymns, but if your budget doesn’t allow or you want to try out the hymns you can name your own price (including free). But your support will allow us to grow this site.

 

SERMONS

The River of Life. Loddon Mallee UCA Presbytery Blog

Sermons  Sermons & Lectionary Resources by Rev. Richard J. Fairchild & Rev. Brett Blair

CHILDREN’S RESOURCES

Childrensministry.org.au is run by Uniting Churches in NSW and ACT for their ministry with children and families. There are lots of ideas to encourage congregations to explore how God may be calling them to create safe places where children can discover faith in community. Their focus is on encouraging leaders, providing training, events and strategic planning and resources.

SEASONS OF THE CHRISTIAN YEAR

Advent. Advent is the start of the Christian Year and is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas. Advent means ‘Coming’ in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas.This Advent Wreath liturgy has been prepared to be used during the time of Advent. It is designed to be used by all ages. First published in KUCA NEWS September/October 2000.

The Advent Wreath was originally a Lutheran practice, but it is now used by many other Christian denominations. It is usually a horizontal evergreen wreath with four candles and often, a fifth, white candle in the center. Beginning with the First Sunday of Advent, the lighting of a candle can be accompanied by a Bible reading, devotional time and prayers. An additional candle is lit during each subsequent week until, by the last Sunday before Christmas, all four candles are lit. Many Advent wreaths include a fifth, Christ candle which is lit at Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

Lent Lent is a time for Christians to renew and deepen their faith through reflection, sacrifice and prayer. The creative and innovative resources provided here offer a range of ways for adults, youth and children to engage on the journey of Lent.

MULTIMEDIA

The Skit Guys  Tommy Woodard and Eddie James are The Skit Guys. They have been best friends since high school. Think of them as the wise guys in class who had everyone laughing and managed to make a career out of it. They’ve been teaching God’s word using comedy, drama and whatever category talking action figures fit into for over twenty years.