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Worship Resources

This Worship Page is your center for locating resources created by UCC pastors, scholars and musicians to enrich worship in your congregation. Sermon Seeds are located here, thoughtful reflection on the weekly texts to help prepare sermons and homilies. Worship Ways, in English and Spanish, are Revised Common Lectionary-based services for Sundays, festivals and special ecumenical or UCC observances. Musical suggestions from The New Century Hymnal and Sing! Prayer and Praise will help you draw inspiration from traditional and contemporary musical sources.

Most of the resources on this page are suitable for use in ecumenical contexts.

Sunday Reading Cycles (Lectionaries)

Revised Common Lectionary (RCL)
Link to weekly scripture readings, prayers, and public domain art based on weekly texts. Most of the worship and preaching resources provided by the UCC are based on the RCL.

Narrative Lectionary
A four year process for preaching on Sacred Scripture, developed by Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. The Working Preacher site, linked below, offers an introduction to the Narrative Lectionary, sermon preparation, and worship service planning preparation.

African-American Lectionary
A four year process for preaching on Sacred Scripture, developed by African-American scripture scholars, preachers and liturgists. Bible study, worship and song suggestions are available on their site.

Sermon Preparation

Sermon Seeds
The UCC site for sermon preparation, based on the RCL

The Text This Week
Ecumenical website offering approaches, exegesis, art on the week’s readings in RCL

Music Suggestions

Hymn Suggestions for the Revised Common Lectionary
Lectionarysong includes The New Century Hymnal and Sing! Prayer and Praise along with hymnals from around the globe.

Sing! Prayer and Praise Indexes
Worship elements

Sing! Prayer and Praise tunes

Sacraments in the UCC



Invitation to Christ, Extended
Document originally prepared by the PCUSA and now adapted for use by all Reformed Denominations as an educational tool for congregations to use as they reflect on the meaning of the Sacraments.

Liturgical Practices, Customs, Ministry Connections

Inclusive and Expansive Language
UCC policies and practices; recommendations for inclusive language translations of Scripture

Liturgical Colors

Mission Moments
Stories from around the UCC featuring projects made possible by contributions to Our Church’s Wider Mission

Related Devotional Material

Weekly Seeds
Our popular resource for lectionary-based Bible study. It includes next Sunday's Bible reading, a brief meditation, and reflections from ancient or contemporary sources.

Worship Resources for Sale

The links below will connect you to the UCC Resources on line site. If you have questions about purchasing any items, you may call UCC Resources Customer Service directly at 800-537-3394.

Book of Worship

The New Century Hymnal

Sing! Prayer and Praise

Bulletin Service