Words for Worship 2

Book, 2009, 300 pp
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Dianne Zaerr Brenneman has assembled a dynamic collection of prayers, litanies, and other elements for worship throughout the church year. Contributors use fresh language and vivid images and give congregations the words to help give voice to their worship.

Several extensive indices make quick work of finding pieces to fit a theme. An additional section features elements for morning and evening prayers, praying in public places, and for special times within regular worship, such as blessings, and dedications, commissioning, and laments.

Sample services not often provided in other resources include the Longest Night, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Labor Day, and All Saints' Day. Lay worship leaders and pastors will find this volume invaluable for planning vibrant worship services.

Contents include:

Gathering

  • 33 Calls to Worship and Responsive Readings

Praising

  • 16 Responsive Readings and Prayers

Confessing and Reconciling

  • 26 Responsive Readings and Prayers

Praying

  • 5 Prayers of Healing
  • 11 Prayers of Illumination
  • 9 Prayers of Intercession
  • 10 Prayers of Petition
  • 4 Trinity Prayers
  • 7 Communion Prayers
  • 4 Miscellaneous Prayers

Responding

  • 15 Responsive Readings

Offering

  • 13 Prayers

Sending

  • 15 Prayers and Blessings

The Christian Year (Advent, Christmas Eve, Christmas, Epiphany, Transfiguration Sunday, Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Ascension Day, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, All Saints' Day or Eternity Sunday)

  • 2 Advent Calls to Worship
  • 2 Advent Invocations
  • 4 Advent Prayers
  • 1 Advent Responsive REading
  • 1 Advent Benediction
  • 1 Christmas Eve Call to Worship
  • 1 Christmas Eve Prayer
  • 1 Christmas Eve Readers Theatre
  • 1 Christmas Call to Worship
  • 1 Christmas Prayer
  • 1 Epiphany Confession
  • 1 Epiphany Prayer
  • 1 Epiphany Offering Prayer
  • 1 Transfiguration Sunday Call to Worship
  • 1 Transfiguration Sunday Responsive Reading
  • 1 Transgifuration Sunday Prayer
  • 1 Transfiguration Sunday Benediction
  • 1 Ash Wednesday Call to Worship
  • 2 Ash Wednesday Prayers
  • 1 Lenten Call to Worship
  • 2 Lenten Invocations
  • 4 Lenten Prayers of Confession
  • 1 Lenten Response
  • 1 Lenten Sending
  • 2 Palm Sunday Readings and Prayers
  • 1 Lenten Tenebrae Responsive Reading
  • 1 Maundy Thursday Invocation
  • 1 Maunday Thursday Prayer
  • 3 Good Friday Readings and Prayers
  • 5 Easter Calls to Worship
  • 1 Easter Responsive Reading
  • 1 Easter Prayer
  • 2 Easter Benedictions
  • 1 Ascension Day Call to Worship
  • 2 Ascension Day Benedictions
  • 2 Pentecost Calls to Worship
  • 1 Pentecost Invocation
  • 2 Pentecost Affirmations
  • 2 Pentecost Prayers
  • 1 Pentecost Scripture Reading with Voice and Violin
  • 1 Pentecost Benediction
  • 1 Trinity Invocation
  • 2 Trinity Prayers
  • 3 All Saints' Day or Eternity Sunday Prayers
  • 1 All Saints' Day/All Souls Day Litany

Morning and Evening

  • 8 Morning Prayers
  • 3 Evening Prayers

Blessings (Ministry, Parent/Child Dedication, Foster Parents, Graduates, Youth & Young Adults, Weddings, Pets, etc.)

  • 24 Blessings

Laments (Death, Natural Disasters, Divorce, ect.)

  • 13 Prayers

Dedications (Bibles for children/Youth, New Buildings, Workplace, ect.)

  • 9 Prayers and Responsive Readings

Commissioning and Releasing (Sunday School Program, Pastors, etc.)

  • 11 Prayers and Responsive Readings

Special Services

  • 2 Longest Night Services
  • 1 Christmas Eve Service
  • 2 Ash Wednesday Services
  • 1 Maundy Thursday Communion Service
  • 3 Good Friday Services
  • 1 Labour Day Service
  • 2 All Saints' Day Servcies
  • 1 Intercessory Prayer
  • 1 Evening Song and Prayer Service

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