Worship Resources and Publications

 The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) is a three year cycle of Bible readings. It follows the seasons of the Christian year and begins each year with the first Sunday in Advent (which usually falls on the last Sunday in November).

Prayer and liturgical resources for specific occasions, including:
* in relation to the revised Preamble to the UCA Constitution
* support to the First Peoples of this land
* Great Prayer of Thanksgiving, prepared from dialogue between Lutheran Church of Australia and the UCA

The Assembly Working Group on Worship will be preparing worship resources relating to the 40th Anniversary of the Uniting Church (22 June 2017).

The Working Group invites submission of resources that can be used from Easter to Pentecost and beyond in the gathered worship of congregations, presbyteries and synods.  The aim is to invite people to celebrate God’s grace and goodness. This can also include other aspects of worship including confession, lament, intercession. We are seeking resources that will

  • look to the future of the Church as well as to our heritage
  • link the anniversary to the lectionary readings
  • be suitable for a range of generations
  • include some interactive involvement
  • include a range of images for God and for people
  • affirm that the Uniting Church acknowledges the First Peoples both in the Preamble to the Constitution and in the Covenant with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress
  • affirm the nature of the Church as multicultural
  • be inclusive of diversity (theological, ethnic, socio-economic)
  • affirm the Uniting Church as part of the whole people of God – part of the one holy, catholic and apostolic church.

The Working Group is seeking resources for all elements of worship – prayers, words, songs, images, movement.  

Click here to download detailed guidelines and contact details.

Deadline for resources to be submitted: 31 January 2017

 

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including services of Ordination, Induction and Commissioning

Following is a list of links to useful resources worship and preaching, music and the creative arts. 

Marriage and Funeral Services, as well as services for a time of grief, loss or ending.

Brief biographies of famous Christian men and women.

The calendar may provide helpful resources for worship services, for preaching, for congregations that hold services during the week, or in Bible study, fellowship, or house groups. It may stimulate ideas for Christian education programs, for the work of the Sunday school, or for an address to young people during the Service of the Lord’s Day. 

A prayer from Margaret Reeson, Chair of the Historical Reference Committee.

Two hundred years ago in August 1815, a little group of Christians welcomed the first Methodist minister to the colony of New South Wales.

Remembering that this has been one stream of our heritage as Uniting Church in Australia, let us pray.

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