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Resources to help you and your church engage with worship and spirituality in meaningful and relevant ways in your context. Here you will find prepared material ready-to-use in gathered worship and personal devotion. These sources are many, representing the variety of worship experiences in the United Reformed Church and our ecumenical partners.

 


The Daily Devotions from the United Reformed Church offers you a Bible reading, reflection and prayer for every day of the year. They can be sent to you by email, viewed on a website or on a Facebook page. The devotions are written by a team of writers from different places and perspectives in the URC. To sign up to receive the devotions by email, please visit this website. You can opt out of the emails at anytime, and select whether you'd like the devotions as plain text, in HTML (webpage) format, or in a mobile phone-friendly format.

 

 Suggested worship resources

Prayers for COP26 United Nations climate conference, Glasgow 31 October - 12 November

COP26 has become the stimulating backdrop to prayer and preaching in 2021, drawing together many churches and faith traditions. Under the harsh glare of greater awareness of global crisis, the scriptures blossom with meaning and significance as resources for encouragement and reflection. 

Eco-Congregation Scotland and the ecumenical Joint Public Issues Team have joined together to provide numerous prayer and worship resources. You can find them online: www.ecocongregationscotland.org/creation-time/  

Free resources from the United Reformed Church to help you and your church explore Black Lives Matter and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on the unequal effect it has had in BAME communities.

Advent

Holy Week and Easter

Lent

Pentecost/Whitsunday

Pentecost Season/Ordinary Time

Season of Creation (1 September - 4 October)

The Season of Creation (also called Creation Time and Creationtide) invites the Christian family to celebrate the good gift of creation, confess our abuse of creation and listen for God’s call to action and advocacy.

The Season of Creation website details activities and resources to celebrate the Season of Creation through prayer and worship, advocacy and sustainability projects.  

Extensive free worship resources are available from: 

Baptism

Communion

Baptism and Communion

Funerals and memorial services

You can download more worship materials for the Sacraments and funerals on our Worship Book page. 

Environment Sunday

Environment Sunday (also called Eco-Sunday or Climate Sunday) might be held during the Season of Creation (1 Sept-4 Oct) or any other time of the year.  It’s an opportunity to focus on our environment and our responsibility as stewards of God’s creation, especially as we face Climate Change, animal extinctions and other impending events.

Worship resources are available from:

The URC Children & Youth Work has created a complete worship service on YouTube which can be shared during Season of Creation, on an Eco-Sunday or any time in the year. It highlights prayers and poems written by URC children: https://youtu.be/F1vyNrWb0w8

Harvest

Mothering Sunday

Remembrance Sunday

Walking the Way Sunday

Prayer

Bible study

  • Lectio Divina or ‘holy reading’ is a meditative and worshipful way of reading a passage of scripture

Spirituality

A video highlighting newly ordained URC Ministers and Commissioned Church Related Community Workers.

Please feel free to incorporate it into worship or shared on your church website.    

  • 'Road to Emmaus' - hymn written by Revd Ray Stanyon, Wessex Synod    

  • 'Were you there…' - originally written by William Ebenezer Barton, recorded for today by Revd Ray Stanyon, Wessex Synod

  • Advent hymn 'The Waiting’ - (tune: The old rugged cross) by Sam Goodman, Elder at Central United Reformed Church in Derby

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