Wild Goose Big Book of Worship Resources

Book, 2017, 242 pp
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Also see the second Big Book of Worship Resources, available separately.

A wide-ranging collection of resources for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Transfiguration, Harvest, Holocaust Memorial Day, Mothering Sunday, and other special days, and on areas of concern, like refugees and peacemaking.

Worship rooted in city and country, in work and in schools, in peacemaking and the eradication of poverty, in churches and the Iona Community resident group … So – as always with the Iona Community – worship which is contextual, prophetic, with a strong justice and peace edge.

Contents include:

An infinity of stars: daily prayers for Advent

  • four weeks of short daily prayers
  • five more prayers based on Christmas readings

Advent Signs

  • a series of prayers, reflections and symbolic actions that can be used as one service or separated into three services

Here is a cross, a meditation for Advent

Christ in the time of strife; Mary's memories. Each week contains songs, bible readings, Mary's reflection, prayer, and blessing

  • week 1: Temple times
  • week 2: The terror times
  • week 3: The house of bread
  • week 4: The answer

Readings for Holocaust Memorial Day

  • 1 reading
  • 7 poems

Prayers for lighting candles

  • 18 prayers

Love has many faces

  • a meditative prayer for Valentine's Day

A Lenten and Easter cycle

  • 14 readings

Come Dancing

  • a Bible study and reflection for Lent

Mothering God

  • 6 poems reflecting on Motherhood

Prayers for Holy Week

  • 6 scripture readings with accompanying prayers

These are the friends

  • a song for Maundy Thursday or Good Friday

At the foot of the cross

  • 1 Good Friday meditation for several voices

Good Friday and Holy Saturday

  • 3 reflections based on scripture

It wasn't the nails

  • 1 reflection
  • 7 prayers

Pentecost as a template

  • a Bible study

Journey towards Pentecost; a nine day devotional

Each day has:

  • daily short reading from the Gospel
  • followed by a few questions relating to that reading
  • guided contemplation of the given scripture
  • some thoughts and questions relating to the reading
  • and a prayer

The day of the vision, based on Acts 10

  • 1 dramatic reading
  • 3 prayers

A reflection on the story of the Transfiguration

Ruth's harvest

  • 1 poem
  • 1 responsive opening
  • 5 prayers
  • 1 reading for several voices
  • 1 drams
  • 1 blessing
  • 5 questions for discussion

Live in the light: reflections on peacemaking and reconciliation

  • 5 reflections

Unexpected blessings, a dialogue and reflection on Genesis 18:1-15

  • 1 reader's theater
  • 1 reflection

The Prodigal Son returns

  • 1 reader's theater
  • 1 activity
  • 1 reflection

Called to be an innkeeper (Luke 10:25-37)

  • 1 reflection

Jesus was a refugee

  • 4 reflections
  • UN mission statement
  • 2 prayers
  • 2 songs
  • 2 poems
  • further listing of websites

Living water, some worship resources

  • 1 opening
  • 1 prayer
  • 7 suggested Bible readings
  • 1 reflection
  • 1 reader's theater
  • 1 affirmation
  • 4 responses
  • 1 blessing

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