Worship Ways

Worship Ways are original liturgies written in English and in Spanish by United Church of Christ pastors, based on readings from the Revised Common Lectionary.  Look for Sunday, festival and special UCC worship services here, organized by seasons of the Church Year.

COMING SOON: Check out the newest feature of Worship Ways, The Living Psalms.  The Psalm for each week is reinterpreted in poetry and art as a reflection of God’s work of justice and compassion in our midst today.

COMING SOON: The National Offices have secured licenses for the use of curated recordings of individual compositions that are available for use by the local church setting. No further licenses are required. Please find these recordings here.

NEW MUSIC RESOURCE: Marking the anniversary of George Floyd’s death in custody, the United Reform Church, our partner in the UK, has published a music resource with themes of racial justice and responses to Covid-19. New words are created for familiar hymn tunes. It is available for free download until April, 2022 in booklet, PowerPoint, and music files. The link to Sunflowers and Thistles is here: https://urc.org.uk/sunflowers-and-thistles

Click here for Mission Moments, which can be used with your newsletter or Sunday worship bulletin.

Seasons

Lent / Cuaresma

Lent, Year B
February 17-March 28, 2021

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The late Representative John Lewis of Georgia talked about stirring up “good trouble” that leads to justice.  Jesus stirs up a lot of good trouble in the Lenten Gospels this year; we are called to prepare ourselves and follow. The traditional color for Lent is purple; churches may want to adopt subdued colors such as gray or beige or no color at all to signify the starkness of the season.

Spanish Worship Ways

Holy Week / Semana Santa

Holy Week Year B
March 29-April 3, 2021

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The church follows Jesus and the disciples from triumphal procession into Jerusalem through the devastating procession to the Cross.  With storytelling, ritual and music we travel all the way to the tomb.  Colors for Holy Week may be the purple of Lent, a festival color for Maundy Thursday, and a mourning color for Good Friday.

Easter Season/Temporada de Pascua

Easter, Year B
April 4-May 23, 2021

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An empty tomb astonishes Mary Magdalene and the other disciples on Easter morning, and Jesus is soon discovered in the community, alive and  present in a new way, especially in the “breaking of the bread”. Easter Sunday begins a season of fifty days celebration of Jesus’ new life. The season ends with Pentecost Sunday, when Jesus sends the Spirit to guide and challenge the church. Festival colors are worn through the season until the last day: Pentecost, when the color is red for the Spirit’s fire.

Spanish Worship Ways

Season after Pentecost, part 2/Temporada después de Pentecostés, segundo parte

Season After Pentecost, part 2
Year B, September 5-November 21, 2021

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The Spirit at work guiding the church in our day is the theme for the very long season after Pentecost.  In year B, the primary gospel is Mark.  The color for the Season after Pentecost is traditionally green, the color of nature’s growth.

Christmas Season/Temporada de Navidad

Christmas, Year B
December 25, 2020-January 5, 2021

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The twelve days of the Christmas season celebrate the birth of Jesus, Emmanuel, God-with-us.  The stories tell of the God of all born into a poor family, travelers in need of shelter.  We ponder the mystery of how this can be; we celebrate as we seek the presence of God in our world, surprising us with possibility.  Traditional liturgical colors have suggested light—white or gold—but expanding the festive color palette is appropriate for celebration.

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