United Church of Christ

Worship Ways

Worship Ways: a variety of prayers, liturgies, and "how-to" articles for use on Sundays, Festivals, and special UCC calendar days. These resources come from all settings of the UCC; they are written by pastors, educators, musicians and covenanted ministry staff members. Many are based on the Sunday readings found in the Revised Common Lectionary. We encourage you to use the material "as is" or to take it and adapt it for your local setting.

Spanish Worship Ways
Worship Words UK
Worship Words UK is a progressive, lectionary-based resource, curated by Ana Gobledale, a UCC minister. Ana and her husband Tod hold standing in the UCC and the Disciples of Christ. They served with Global Ministries from 1983-2008 in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Australia and finally in the Cleveland office with three years out serving a UCC church in Franklin, New Hampshire. They have standing, also, in the United Reformed Church in Great Britain where they currently serve the Andover & Salisbury Pastorate, in Wiltshire.
Revised Common Lectionary
Sermon Seeds
African-American Lectionary
Narrative Lectionary
Liturgical Colors and the seasons of the church year

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Worship Ways — Year C


Worship Ways will be undergoing a gradual change over the next few months, offering both “classic” services, and new material: liturgies, approaches to ritual, visual arts and multi-media selections, and a new “Living Psalms Book”.

New Advent Material

Advent Reflections on Human Trafficking
World AIDS Day — December 1
Exploring the Darkness: ritual suggestions for the weeks of Advent — coming soon

Living Psalm 25 — Advent 1

Erin Beardemphl
Living Psalm 80 — Advent 4

Sophia Beardemphl - 9 years old, is recovering from significant bullying. After she read Psalm 80, she thought of brokenness that needs mending. She drew this broken and mended bowl.

Advent Classics

Advent 4 — December 23
Advent Candle Lighting 4
Advent 3 — December 16
Advent Candle Lighting 3
Advent 2 — December 9
Advent Candle Lighting 2
Advent 1 — December 2
Advent Candle Lighting 1

Psalms in the form of words and art, reborn in the specific contexts of our world, privileging the voices of historically marginalized communities and those acting in solidarity with them.

Art download and copyright instructions

Psalm 104: 24-34 (1) — Pentecost Sunday

© 2019 Drew Morgan
Permission granted to local churches for use in worship or educational settings. Please cite artist's name and Worship Ways.

Psalm 104: 24-34 (2) — Pentecost Sunday

© 2019 Drew Morgan
Permission granted to local churches for use in worship or educational settings. Please cite artist's name and Worship Ways.

Living Psalm 93 — Ascension Day

© 2019 Erin Beardemphl
Permission granted to local churches for use in worship or educational settings. Please cite artist's name and Worship Ways.

Living Psalm 67 — Easter 6

© 2019 Erin Beardemphl
Permission granted to local churches for use in worship or educational settings. Please cite artist's name and Worship Ways.

Living Psalm 118—Palm Sunday

“Seek” © 2019 Erin Beardemphl
Permission granted to local churches for use in worship or educational settings. Please cite artist's name and Worship Ways.

Living Psalm 126—Lent 5
Living Psalm 40—Annunciation
Living Psalm 63 — Lent 3

Thirst Altar © 2019 Carol Robinson
Permission granted to local churches for use in worship or educational settings. Please cite artist's name and Worship Ways.

Living Psalm 27—Lent 2
Living Psalm 91—Lent 1
Living Psalm 51—Ash Wednesday
Living Psalm 37 —Epiphany 7
Living Psalm 1—Epiphany 6
Living Psalm 29—Baptism of Jesus
Living Psalm 138 (Torigian)—Epiphany 5
Living Psalm 138 (Davies)—Epiphany 5
Living Psalm 19—Epiphany 3
Living Psalm 36—MLK Jr. Day
Living Psalm 72—Epiphany January 6
New Year’s Day — Psalm 8 Litany
Christmas 1 — Psalm 148
Christmas Eve/Day — Psalm 96

Living Psalm 25 — Advent 1

Erin Beardemphl
Living Psalm 80 — Advent 4

Sophia Beardemphl - 9 years old, is recovering from significant bullying. After she read Psalm 80, she thought of brokenness that needs mending. She drew this broken and mended bowl.

New Lent Material

Living Psalm for Holy Week
Living Psalm 31—Passion Sunday
Art download and copyright instructions

Living Psalm 118—Palm Sunday

“Seek” © 2019 Erin Beardemphl
Permission granted to local churches for use in worship or educational settings. Please cite artist's name and Worship Ways.

Living Psalm 126—Lent 5
Living Psalm 40—Annunciation
Living Psalm 63 — Lent 3

Thirst Altar © 2019 Carol Robinson
Permission granted to local churches for use in worship or educational settings. Please cite artist¹s name and Worship Ways.

Living Psalm 27—Lent 2
Living Psalm 91—Lent 1
Living Psalm 51—Ash Wednesday


Classic Lent Material

Good Friday—April 19
Maundy Thursday—April 18
Palm/passion Sunday—April 14
Lent 5—April 7
Lent 4—March 31
Ash Wednesday—March 6
Lent 1—March 10
Lent 2—March 17
Lent 3—March 24

New Easter Material

Psalm 104: 24-34 (1) — Pentecost Sunday

© 2019 Drew Morgan
Permission granted to local churches for use in worship or educational settings. Please cite artist's name and Worship Ways.

Psalm 104: 24-34 (2) — Pentecost Sunday

© 2019 Drew Morgan
Permission granted to local churches for use in worship or educational settings. Please cite artist's name and Worship Ways.

Living Psalm 93 — Ascension Day

© 2019 Erin Beardemphl
Permission granted to local churches for use in worship or educational settings. Please cite artist's name and Worship Ways.

Living Psalm 67 — Easter 6

© 2019 Erin Beardemphl
Permission granted to local churches for use in worship or educational settings. Please cite artist's name and Worship Ways.

Mental Health Sunday—May 19
Living Psalm 148—Easter 5 (Graves)
Living Psalm 148—Christmas 1, Easter 5 (Hasan)
Living Psalm 23—Easter 4
Living Psalm 30—Easter 3
Living Psalm 150—Easter 2
PAAM Sunday—April 28
Armenian Martyr’s Day—April 24

Classic Easter Material

Pentecost—June 9
Easter 7—June 2
Easter 6—May 26
Easter 5—May 19
Easter 4—May 12
Easter 3—May 5
Easter 2—April 28
Easter Day—April 21



New Songs for a New Day

God, Stir Compassion in our Hearts by Barbara Hamm concerns the plight of refugees. The hymn is owned by Hope Publishing Company and may be accessed at www.hopepublishing.com. Click on the link, click on "Hymns Online" across the top, then on the drop-down menu that appears, click on Newest Hymns and scroll down alphabetically to the title, "God, Stir Compassion in Our Hearts." If your church has a CCLI or OneLicense.net license, you may use the hymn, just being sure to put your license number on the copies and do the necessary reporting of its use. If you don't have such a license, there is a small fee for one-time use.

O for a Church with Open Doors (refugee theme)
A Little Bit of Salt (melody)(refugee theme)
A Little Bit of Salt (full music)(refugee theme)

The Heart will Choose the One it Loves (Barbara Hamm, LGBT marriage theme)
O God Bestow Your Love and Care (Barbara Hamm, LGBT marriage theme)
Coming Together (full score) (Justice and solidarity) (Christopher Grundy)