Content for Online Worship
Content for Online Worship
Below are worship resources produced by the conference or shared by other settings that may be used by churches during worship or other gatherings.
Worship with the Council of Conference Ministers
We invite you and your congregation to attend this worship service on May 17th, 2020, or any other Sunday in this Eastertide. Here you will find a printable bulletin, a printable read-only service for those without easy access to internet, and a 50 minute video service. The video service is available in segments and in full. Join for the whole service or your congregation might also choose to use just a few of our videos.
Series of Easter Worship videos produced by a team of Conference worship leaders.
Service of the Word, Holy Communion, Tenebrae
by the Rev. Quentin Chin
An interactive service designed for virtual worship using Zoom
(May be adapted for other formats)
Simple Tennebrae service (video)
Developed by Jennifer Geary, who gives permission for anyone to use.
Bert Marshall has video recorded a telling of the Gospel of Mark, and invites churches to use it in their own settings.
Available here on YouTube.
Lenten Prayer of Transformation
“The Life-Giving Lattice of the Ordinary”
The UCC is also posting online worship resources here:
And here: www.ucc.org/worship_worship-ways
The Three Bridge Conference Ministers, Rev. Marilyn Kendrix, Rev. Don Remick, and Rev. Kent Siladi, share a message and reflection on Colossians 2:5, speaking about the new ways we are learning to be church. (Click the CC button for closed captioning).
Oh God, I’m Spinning Out: A Prayer by Rev. Dr. Hannah Adams Ingram
Hymn “What Wondrous Love Is This” No. 183
Call to Worship and Handwashing (background music)
As the disciples gathered in confusion and fear, Jesus took a bowl of water and bathed his friend’s feet. It was such a simple act, a humble service extended to the ones he loved. Perhaps as he knelt before each one, gently removing the dirt and dung of their long journey, he offered a word of comfort or encouragement to sustain them in the even more arduous journey ahead.
Take a moment and feel the presence of Jesus in the room where you are sitting. Feel his love for you, his desire to gently remove all the fears and worries of the day.
Now, using the water and towel you have prepared, wash your own or one another’s hands and then dry them gently. As you do so, feel the warm touch of your savior flowing through you, preparing you for your own journey through the difficult days ahead.
If only it were otherwise. If only I could present my credentials, show my accomplishments, exercise some control. If only I could continue to clothe myself in the garments of worthiness I have made for myself. But the garments that I thought would protect me and those I love are in tatters. We have been brought to our knees, Lord. And we have found you there; ready to embrace us, care for us, comfort us. You have bathed our spirits in your love and bound up our wounds with your grace. And now we sit in your presence. We would not have it be otherwise.
Scripture Reading John 12:1-11
Anthem and anointing of hands (background music)
The act of anointing is an ancient one, a symbolic practice signifying honor and care and extravagant love. In his life and death, Jesus embodied the honor, care, and extravagant love God has for each of us and all of us. As a sign of your desire to accept and share that holy embrace, pour a small amount of the oil or lotion you have set aside and anoint your own hands or the hands of those gathered with you.
GATHERING AT HIS TABLE
The Lord’s Supper and The Lord’s Prayer
Words of invitation
Like us, the disciples were ordinary people living in an extraordinary time. As they gathered in that Upper Room, they knew something was about to happen, sensed that their lives would were changing in ways they only guess at. Some were anxious, some were angry, some were at peace. And Jesus fed them all- the ones who would fall asleep, the ones who would run away, even the one who would betray him; because his love bridged every barrier. So it is for us; there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. And although we are not physically present with one another, it is as it has always been- we are united in this holy meal with all who have ever shared it in Christ’s name.
Prayer of blessing over elements
Words of remembrance and receiving elements
Prayer of thanksgiving and Lord’s Prayer
We give You the thanks, Blessing God, for this holy meal. In the bread that has been broken, we have seen our oneness with each other and You. Through the cup that has been poured and shared, we have tasted your goodness. With our hunger for You filled and our thirst for You eased, we take on your command to be bread and cup for the world. We pray as you taught us
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
THE SERVICE OF TENEBRAE
Introduction to the Shadows:
EXTINGUISHING THE CANDLES
Shadow of Betrayal: Matthew 26:20-25
Shadow of Desertion: Matthew 26:31-35
The Agony of the Soul: Luke 22:39-44
“Were you there when they crucified my Lord”? (Verse 1)
Unshared Vigil: Mark 14:32-41
Father, the hour has come: John 17:1-6
That they may all be one: John 17:15-22
“Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree”? (Verse 2)
Arrest in the Garden: John 18:1-5
Shadow of the Cross: Mark 15:16-20
“Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb”? (Verse 3)
Final Reading: John 1:1-4, 14
Reflection in Silence (focus on single candle for one minute, then postlude)
This Lent, O Love,
Has heaved a heaviness.
It has shown shadows
Wonder has turned
At warp speed.
So slow me down.
In the midst of
This extraordinary time,
Grant me the grace
Your continual arrival
Revealed in the life-giving
Lattice of the ordinary.
Let it be as light
As the sun
Whatever it will
In the morning.
As Your light reveals
The gift of the hidden,
Let me also lightly,
In word and silence,
Tend the gift
Of this day
And the holy intersections
Which already await me.
Your work and way
Of love in me.
Redraw the lines
Of despair and drudgery
Let it be so...