In this section we aim to provide a selection resources to use and inform.
Prayers for after terror attacks and other tragedies
The Liturgical Commission has shared some suitable prayers and material for a vigil service available on these links
Appropriate prayers for the world/society here https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/topical-prayers/prayers-for-the-world.aspx. and for individuals here https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/topical-prayers/prayers-for-personal-situations.aspx.
For those needing a complete order of service, pp. 443-448 of New Patterns for Worship has an outline headed “Facing Pain: a Service of Lament” — also downloadable from here https://churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/worship/texts/newpatterns/sampleservicescontents/npw18.aspx Some of the ‘Cross’ and ‘Lament’ (possibly also ‘Living in the world’ and ‘Relationships and healing’) resources from New Patterns for Worship might also be appropriate for inclusion in that service, or as stand-alone elements in your regular service.
Our thanks to Simon Kershaw for passing this on.
Strengthen for Service Residentials
Courses for this academic year
This course is led by the RSCM’s Head of Ministerial Training, Rev'd Helen Bent, at various venues. It is particularly aimed at clergy, readers, other lay worship leaders and musicians, and is especially useful for those coming to the end of their curacy, new incumbents or those in periods of transition to a new parish or from single church to multi benefice. The course provides a great opportunity to explore the role of music in worship further with lots of practical tips, times of worship together in different styles (with times for reflection on those different styles), and time to chat informally over meals together. Personal surgery time is also really valuable, allowing particular issues to be discussed privately. We have received excellent feedback from previous courses. Participants have really appreciated the combination of input, discussion, personal surgery time and times to worship with no responsibility.
If you have any queries about booking, please contact Sarah King, the Education Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Worship Changes Lives
Download an introduction from Praxis as to how to use the book " Worship Changes lives". This book asks some big questions about worship, such as, "What is worship?", "How does it work?", "Why does it matter?", "Does it change anything?".
Small groups, PCCs, worship groups and individuals willl all find this accessible guide inspiring and helpful.
Each of the Praxis Regions has free copies of this book, which was published by Church House Publishing in 2008. Ask a member of your regional committee for a copy.
Resources from the Praxis South event "Worshipping where people are".
A collection of resources for Advent
These may be freely used and adapted for local use. In some cases, the layout will need editing. However it is necessary, where material from Common Worship is used, to include the following copyright lines.
"Common Worship: Times and Seasons, material from which is included in this service, is copyright (c) The Archbishops' Council 2006."
For the one based on Evensong it also needs this line:
"Text from The Book of Common Prayer, the rights in which are vested in the Crown, is reproduced by permission of the Crown's Patentee, Cambridge University Press."
Do you have an Advent resource for us to consider uploading?
1 Christingle links and Love life This is a sheet with links to the Children's Society Christingle material for this year - submitted by Gill Ambrose
2 Advent Carol 4 Prisoners - submitted by Anne Horton
3 Times and Seasons Advent Sunday Eucharist of Light - submitted by Anne Horton
4 Advent Service of Light - submitted by Michael Gisbourne
5 Devotion for Advent - submitted by Michael Gisbourne
All Age Worship
Material from the "All Age Worship in the Anglican Tradition" Praxis South day on 19th June 2014
Mary Hawes - Worship Wardrobe, a PowerPoint presentation (you'll need Microsoft PowerPoint or a viewer).
Margaret Pritchard Houston - All Age Worship at Festivals, a PowerPoint presentation (you'll need Microsoft PowerPoint or a viewer).
Useful books and websites
A range of books in the Using Common Worship series - such as Using Common Worship: Funerals, is available from Church House Publishing. These are written by members of Praxis and members of the Liturgical Commission.
Download the Alternative Baptismal material and notes, along with a sample Order of Service using the alternative texts
Key results from the research for the Funerals project - from Sandra Millar
Planning a funeral service with care and support - a leaflet produced by the Guildford Diocese
A parish priest's PowerPoint presentation from Stuart Thomas, on which he based his abbreviated talk.
Michael Perham's talks from the Inspiration Conference are downloadable here.
Liturgical resources available elsewhere on the internet
Authorised liturgy of the Church of England
The permanently authorised liturgy of the Church of England.
Modern language liturgy of the Church of England
Other Anglican liturgical resources
An online library of Anglican liturgical material.
Liturgical resources from the Royal Army Chaplains' Department.
Liturgical resources for saints' days.
Prayers from the Liturgical Commission
Although these were written for particular occasions, they can easily be adapted for other situations.
On the baptism of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge: 5 July 2016
we thank you for your love, and for your presence at every stage of our lives.
We pray for Princess Charlotte.
Fill her Christening day with joy and celebration.
As she is baptised into the Christian faith, strengthen and support her parents and godparents.
Through their love and prayers, help her to know your love and care surrounding her now and always.
We ask this in the name of Jesus.
Prayer for Hiroshima
commemorating the dropping of the first atomic bomb on the 6 August, 1945
(Feast of the Transfiguration)
God, you are the Father of all the families of the earth,
and call the nations to live in peace and unity.
We remember with sorrow the devastating destruction and death
unleashed on this day upon the city of Hiroshima, and later upon the city of Nagasaki.
We pray for the people of Japan, and all whose lives are disfigured by war.
We pray for ourselves, the often unwise stewards
of the powers of the universe.
Transfigure the lives and cities scarred by conflict by the revealing of your glory
and move us by your uncreated energies to advance your sovereign purpose of peace.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our light and our salvation.
A Prayer for VJ Day
God our Father, in the dying and rising
of your Son Jesus Christ,
you have brought life and salvation out of cruelty and death.
We mark Victory in Japan in gratitude for the courage of the Allied forces
who suffered for freedom in the Far East campaign
and in sorrow for all that hinders the coming of your kingdom of peace.
Give us wisdom to learn from the bitter memories of war, and hearts that long for the unity of all nations.
We ask all this in the name of Jesus, in whom there is no east or west, no north or south,
but one fellowship of love across the whole earth.
A Prayer for Peace and Reconciliation
you have called us in the Body of your Son Jesus Christ
to continue his work of reconciliation and reveal you to the world.
Forgive us the sins which tear us apart; give us the courage to overcome our fears
and to seek that unity which is your gift and your will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Other sites of interest
An educational Christian charity dedicated to the best use of music in worship, church life and community.
The publishing arm of the Church of England.
A session on reading the Bible in Church.
Visual Liturgy Live is a unique and powerful service planning software package that provides everything you need to create inspiring, refreshing and well-planned worship, including:
- The complete Common Worship library and other essential resources to enable you to plan worship that is flexible and creative.
- Intuitive tools to empower you to produce services quickly and easily.
- Intelligent and streamlined software that gives you the freedom to focus on what really matters.
A blog from Simon Kershaw situated on the well known "Thinking Anglicans" website.
Simon produces each year the popular Common Worship Almanacs for desktop calendars, smartphones and PDAs, is heavily involved with Oremus (see above), while his books include "The Common Worship Daily Eucharistic Lectionary" and "Exciting Holiness".
A large and varied source of resources.
A guide from St Andrew's Anglican Church, Pau (France)
A guide to leading and preparing intercessions from Fosse Deanery in the Diocese of Coventry
Praying in Public from the Lichfield Diocese - a session in preparing and leading intercessions
the First World War
This section contains a selection resources for use not only during 2014, but also for the duration of the commemorations, local and national.
Material from the Reverend Canon Guy Wilkinson on interfaith aspects of liturgical commemorations
House of Bishops guidance from 1992 on Multi-Faith worship
Southwark Diocese guidelines on civic services for people of different faiths
The Very Reverend June Osborne's notes on the national consultation
June is the Dean of Salisbury Cathedral
Dr. Simon Robbin's notes on historical overview
Simon is Senior Archivist at the Imperial War Museum
The Reverend Jeremy Fletcher's liturgical aspects
Jeremy is vicar of Beverley Minster
Dr. Michael Snape's talk "The_Church_at_the_Front" to the Praxis/Guildford Diocese event. This lecture was also given to the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library. It will also be printed in spring 2015 as part of the Library's annual review. We are grateful for permission from Dr. Snape and the Library to reproduce it here
Gilly Myers' booklist
Gilly is Precentor at Southwark Cathedral
WW1 poetry list
A copy of Lieutenant-Colonel William Dobbie's signal for the cessation of hostilities at 1100 on 11th November 1918 and a transcript for clarity with addendum.
WW1 material suitable
for use with All Ages
A Prayer of Remembrance
This resource was devised by Ruth Pyke, Children’s Work Adviser for the Diocese of St Albans
War Memorial projects
This resource was mainly devised by Charles Mathiesen, with the last part by Ruth Pyke
A jigsaw reflective activity
These two projects were devised by the Rev’d Ally Barrett, formerly Vicar of Buckden and the Offords, Cambridgeshire