This week’s resources: Confession and Absolution, Blessing and Dismissal based on Isaiah’s vision of God in the temple, and Peter’s similar response to the miraculous catch of fish. All-age, interactive prayers on the theme of ‘Holy’ from 1 Peter with BSL signing and video Luke 5 all age drama – ‘Funny Fish’ Reflections on Isa … More Liturgy Resources (with VIDEO!) Holy, holy, holy
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany Confession and Absolution God who is love, we confess that we have not been patient and kind. In your mercy forgive us and fill us with your love. We have insisted on our own way and have failed to rejoice in the truth. In your mercy forgive us and fill us … More 1 Cor 13 Liturgy Resources + Jigsaw!
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Following the popularity of last week’s liturgy resources, here is another set of Confession and Absolution, Blessing and Dismissal linked with the lectionary readings for Epiphany 2. Of course, you can use them at any time, and you can mix and match to fit the theme of your service. You can use the search boxes … More As a bridegroom rejoices … Epiphany 2
Blessing Boxes Join the wise men this Epiphany, bringing gifts and finding God’s blessing. This origami gift box has a blessing in the base (and not just the sweets). When you have finished the sweet treats, you will find words of blessing and peace written in the base, for example Aaron’s blessing from Numbers … More Epiphany Blessing Boxes – a gift to give and receive
Just recently, a reader asked for activities to help children think about the recent Australian bush fires. Here are some ideas, which equally apply to other times when hard things happen. Activity – Look for the Helpers Fred Rodgers has good advice for all of us when the problems of the world seem overwhelming: Look for … More Mourning with Those who Mourn – Psalm 27:1,4-9
This is the second part of a reflection on Epiphany. Check out last week’s post for a meditation about gifts. This part thinks about who may come. Reflecting Three Wise Men? Three Kings? Magi? Every year there is confusion at the nativity play: were they kings or wise men? And what are Magi, anyway*? The … More Isaiah 60:1-6 Matthew 2:1-12 – Epiphany
In response to a reader request, here’s a nifty little song you could use for a Toy Service, Collective Worship or All Age. It is great for pre-Christmas, for Christmas day itself or for Epiphany. The focus is ‘every good and perfect gift is from above’ (Jas 1:7) and it’s a great reminder of where … More The Twelve Toys of Christmas
Matthew 9:1–8, Mark 2:1–12, and Luke 5:17–26 Yes, I know this is not the set text for this week, but The Man with the Wibbly-Wobbly Legs is a great passage that is almost entirely absent from the lectionary. It follows last week’s passage in Luke 5, but the lectionary skips straight over this story. Year … More The Man with the Wibbly-Wobbly Legs – with Video!
Peter’s big catch contained all kinds of funny fish, just like God’s family. We can explore the diversity of God’s family with this fun sketch and a very silly game! You could use the sketch at All Age Worship or Messy Church, or for an assembly on inclusion and diversity. What other kinds of funny fish … More Luke 5:1-11 – Funny Fish