The Abingdon Worship Annual 2013

The Abingdon Worship Annual 2013

by Abingdon Press
     
 
The Abingdon Worship Annual 2013 offers fresh worship planning resources for all who plan and implement weekly worship. Worship leaders “share a common challenge: to provide quality, integrated, creative worship week after week for congregations hungry for meaningful and fulfilling connections with God. We are honored to offer this resource as part of your

Overview

The Abingdon Worship Annual 2013 offers fresh worship planning resources for all who plan and implement weekly worship. Worship leaders “share a common challenge: to provide quality, integrated, creative worship week after week for congregations hungry for meaningful and fulfilling connections with God. We are honored to offer this resource as part of your journey to help your congregations grow in faith. Many of our readers also find it helpful as a weekly devotional guide or a prayer resource as they gather for lectionary study groups.” (From the Introduction)

Using a Theme Idea based on the lectionary readings, each week’s offering of prayers and litanies follows a basic pattern of Christian worship:

Invitation and Gathering

Proclamation and Response

Thanksgiving and Communion

Sending Forth

Alternative ideas for Praise Sentences and Contemporary Gathering Words are offered for those who work in contemporary worship settings.

Searchable Online Extras! Available exclusively to Abingdon Worship Annual users and accessible purchase of this print version.

Along with the entire print text in PDF format for ease of navigation and use, the AWA 2013 offers these great extras:

Song suggestions for each week, hyperlinked to the text

Annotated Resource List with links to helpful worship planning Web sites

(NEW!) Prayers and Liturgies for Baptisms

Now more than ever, The Abingdon Worship Annual is a must-have sourcebook offering countless opportunities for planning meaningful and insightful worship.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426746796
Publisher:
Abingdon Press
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Edition description:
Annual
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Read an Excerpt

The Abingdon Worship Annual 2013

Contemporary & Traditional Resources for Worship Leaders


By Mary J. Scifres, B. J. Beu

Abingdon Press

Copyright © 2012 Abingdon Press
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4267-4679-6



CHAPTER 1

JANUARY 1, 2013

Watch Night / New Year

Mary J. Scifres


COLOR

White

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13; Psalm 8; Revelation 21:1-6a; Matthew 25:31-46

THEME IDEAS

Time is never more evident than at the turning of the year. Today's scriptures reflect this focus on time: time for every matter under heaven, time to proclaim God's majesty, time to imagine a new heaven and new earth, time to face God's judgment for our actions or inactions. As you prepare this worship service, let time become a way of focusing people's confession of the past year, even as it offers hope for the new year. In confession, we shed past regrets and sorrows, creating space for grace and hope.


INVITATION AND GATHERING

Call to Worship (Ecclesiastes 3, John 4, John 5, New Year)

(This call leads smoothly into Brian Wren's hymn "This Is a Day of New Beginnings." See additional hymn suggestions on the CD-ROM supplemental materials.)

The time has come and now is.
A new year is being born!
The time has come and now is.
A new beginning is ours in Christ!
The time has come and now is.
A new opportunity is dawning for grace and joy as we leave past sorrows behind.

Opening Prayer (Psalm 8, Revelation 21)
Ancient God, ever renewing your creation,
draw us into newness of life,
through Christ Jesus and your Holy Spirit.
Even as you lay a foundation for our lives
that is deeper than the oceans
and mightier than the mountains of this earth,
instill within us and throughout our world
the hope of a new heaven and a new earth.
Plant your grace and hope within us,
that we may experience growth in your realm
every day of our lives,
in the name of Jesus the Christ,
who overcame death
to bring us life anew. Amen.


PROCLAMATION AND RESPONSE

Call to Confession (Ecclesiastes 3)

To everything there is a season: a time to weep, to mourn, to tear, to throw away. Let us embrace this time of confession together.


Prayer of Confession (Ecclesiastes 3, Revelation 21, New Year)

Ancient and Future God,
forgive us when we sink so deeply in our past,
that we miss moments of grace in the present.
Help us shed the regrets and sorrows of this past year,
even as we build on the joys and growth
we have discovered along the way.
Guide our steps,
that we might move forward
as children of faith and hope.
In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

—OR—


Prayer of Confession (Matthew 25)

God of sheep and goats,
forgive us when act like goats—
neglecting the needs of your world,
forgetting to show compassion and kindness,
withholding love and grace to those in need.
Call us to lives of righteousness,
that we may walk as the sheep of your pasture—
journeying with those who are in greatest need,
caring for those who are most alone,
and loving those who are most forgotten.


Words of Assurance (Ecclesiastes 3)

To everything there is a season.
As forgiven children of God,
we are invited to enter a season of healing
and leave the time of brokenness behind.


Passing the Peace of Christ (Ecclesiastes 3)

With the joy of grace and forgiveness, let us move forward into times of laughter, dancing, building and gathering. Let us share this joy and laughter, as we pass the peace of Christ to one another.


Introduction to the Word (Ecclesiastes 3)

In this time before us, let us keep silence. (A time of silence may follow here and after each scripture reading.) Listen, not only with your ears, but with your hearts and minds as well.


Response to the Word (Ecclesiastes 3, Revelation 21, Matthew 25)

There is a season for every matter under heaven.
But in every season,
God calls us to be a people
of justice and mercy.

There is a time for each and every thing.
But at all times,
Christ reminds us to be a people
of prayer and connection.

There is a time for remembering the past
and a time for living into the future.
But today and always,
the Spirit lives and moves within us,
that we may be a people of new beginnings.


THANKSGIVING AND COMMUNION

Invitation to the Offering (Matthew 25)

Christ calls to us in the voice of the hungry and through the cries of the needy. Let us answer Christ's call as we share our gifts and offerings with the church and its ministries to meet the needs of God's world.


Offering Prayer (Revelation 21, Matthew 25)

Eternal God,
bless these gifts,
that they may be seeds of new beginnings
for those touched by the ministries
of your church.
Let the promise of joy in the midst of sorrow,
the promise of hope in the midst of despair,
shine through these gifts
and the gifts of our lives
as we seek to serve you. Amen.


Great Thanksgiving

It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth.

From ancient times,
to the promise of a new heaven and earth,
you have revealed your presence to us.
In the time of creation,
you formed us in your image
and brought forth the earth in all of its abundance.
When we fell short, you stood firm and loved us
with steadfastness and hope.
During times of sinfulness and disobedience,
you delivered us into a time of grace
and forgiveness.
In times of rebellion and confusion,
you spoke to us in the voices of the prophets.

And so, with your people on earth,
and all the company of heaven,
we praise your name
and join their unending hymn, saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one
who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.


Holy are you and blessed is your holy name.
In the fullness of time, you sent your Son, Jesus Christ,
to reveal your powerful love in the world.
In this time of new beginnings,
Christ proclaims to us life in the face of death
and hope in the midst of despair.
Through Christ's powerful love and endless grace,
we are invited into your new heaven and earth,
even in this time and place.
In this time of remembering the past
and looking to the future,
we remember Jesus' time
of endings and beginnings.

On the night before his death, Jesus took bread,
gave thanks to you, broke the bread,
gave it to the disciples, saying:
"Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me."
When the supper was over, Jesus took the cup,
offered thanks and gave it to the disciples, saying:
"Drink from this, all of you;
this is my life in the new covenant, poured out
for you and for many, for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me."

And so, in remembrance of these
your mighty acts of love and grace,
and with the hope of new beginnings
and new life in Christ Jesus,
we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving
in union with Christ's love for us,
as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.


Communion Prayer

Pour out your Holy Spirit
on all of us gathered here
and on these gifts of bread and wine,
that this may be a time for releasing past regrets,
leaning on past wisdom,
and moving into God's new future.
May these gifts of memory and substance
be for us new life in Christ,
nourished by the love of God.
May we be for the world the body of Christ,
a people of new beginnings and new hope,
redeemed and renewed
by Christ's love and grace.
By your Spirit,
make us one with Christ,
one with each other,
and one in ministry to all the world;
make us new creations in your holy image
until Christ comes in final victory,
when we will feast at your heavenly banquet
for all of eternity.
Through Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,
all honor and glory is yours, Almighty God,
now and forever more. Amen.


Giving the Bread and Cup

(The bread and wine are given to the people, with these or other words of blessing.)

New life in Christ, given to you.
The love of Christ, flowing through you.


SENDING FORTH

Benediction (Revelation 21, 1 Corinthians 13)

May the God of eternity strengthen you with love.
May the Christ of new life inspire you with hope.
May the Spirit of new beginnings empower you
with faith.


CONTEMPORARY OPTIONS

Contemporary Gathering Words (Ecclesiastes 3)

This is God's time, a time to let the past die
as Christ births our new future.
This is God's time, a time to weed out regrets
as the Spirit plants hope for the future.
This is God's time, a time to forsake patterns of death
as the Holy One gives us the promise of new life.
This is God's time, a time to worship the One
of endings and new beginnings.


Praise Sentences (Psalm 8)

Praise God for the majesty of the earth!
Praise God for the beauty of the heavens!
Praise God for the majesty of the earth!
Praise God for the beauty of the heavens!


Praise Sentences (Psalm 8)

Look at the heavens and sing God's praise!
Look at the heavens and sing God's praise!
Imagine God's new heaven and earth ...
hope that is ours in Christ Jesus!
New heaven and earth ... hope that is ours in Christ Jesus!


JANUARY 6, 2013

Epiphany of the Lord

Deborah Sokolove


COLOR

White


SCRIPTURE READINGS

Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12


THEME IDEAS

The people of God are to be a light to the world, a beacon leading everyone toward peace and justice. Like the magi who followed the star to Bethlehem, all who follow the light of God will rejoice in the presence of the Holy One.


INVITATION AND GATHERING

Call to Worship (Isaiah 60)

Arise, shine, for your light has come!
The glory of the Holy One has risen upon you!
Our spirits soar at the dawning of the light
that illumines our darkness.
Our hearts rejoice at God's abundant grace.

Lift up your eyes and look around,
for God has pity on the weak,
and redeems the oppressed from violence.
Come to Bethlehem with the magi,
following the star of God's glory,
and proclaiming the good news of Jesus,
who is the Christ.

Arise, shine, for your light has come!
The glory of the Holy One has risen upon you!
We shall see with eyes made new.
We shall see and be radiant!


Opening Prayer (Isaiah 60, Psalm 72)

Holy Light of all the nations,
shine upon us and upon all humankind.
Fill us with your Spirit,
that we may be beacons of hope to all the earth,
bringing the peace of Christ
to everyone we meet. Amen.


PROCLAMATION AND RESPONSE

Prayer of Confession (Psalm 72, Ephesians 3)

Holy Source of righteousness and peace,
we have failed to share the good news
of your love and grace.
We have not been generous with one another,
finding fault instead of extending compassion.
We have not judged one another with righteousness,
assigning blame instead of seeking understanding.
We have not defended the cause of the poor,
hoarding our wealth instead of sharing it
with those in need.
Forgive our selfish ways,
and help us live in the light
of your righteousness and justice.


Words of Assurance (Isaiah 60, Psalm 72)

The Holy One reaches out to us in compassion,
delivering us when we call,
and filling us with radiant love.
In the light of Christ, you are forgiven.
In the light of Christ, you are forgiven.
Glory to God.
Amen.


Passing the Peace of Christ

In the mystery of grace, share signs of God's peace:
May the peace of Christ be with you, always.
May the peace of Christ be with you, always.


Introduction to the Word or Prayer of Preparation (Isaiah 60, Matthew 2)

Light of the world, wisdom of God,
maker of all things,
as you led the Magi to Bethlehem,
lead us to hear and understand your holy word.
Fill our hearts and minds with your holy light,
that we may be radiant beacons
of faith and grace. Amen.


Response to the Word (Matthew 2)

Wisdom of God, light of the world, maker of all things,
we give you thanks for the star
that led the magi across the desert;
we give you praise for warning them
not to return to Herod,
but to journey home by another road.
May we see and heed the signs
you place in our lives—
signs that lead us on the path of peace.
Amen.



THANKSGIVING AND COMMUNION

Offering Prayer (Isaiah 60, Matthew 2)

Maker of all things, wisdom of God, light of the world,
you fill our hands with abundance
and our hearts with hope.
As the magi brought their treasure to the infant Jesus,
we bring these gifts to you with joy,
that you may use them
to bring light and peace to our world.
Amen.


Invitation to Communion

Christ be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God
Let us give our thanks to the Holy One.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is a right, good, and a joyful thing
always and everywhere to give you our thanks,
for filling our hearts with joy
and bathing our lives with your radiant glory.
We praise you for showing the magi
the way to Bethlehem,
for keeping them safe from the rage of Herod,
and for sending them home by a different way.
And so, with your creatures on earth
and all the heavenly chorus,
we praise your name
and join their unending hymn, saying:
Holy, holy, holy One, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one
who comes in your holy name.
Hosanna in the highest.


Holy are you, and holy is your child, Jesus Christ,
who came into the world as a light to the nations,
and who leads us along the paths of righteousness
and peace.
On the night before his death, Jesus took bread,
gave thanks to you, broke the bread,
gave it to the disciples, saying:
"Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me."
When the supper was over, Jesus took the cup,
offered thanks and gave it to the disciples, saying:
"Drink from this, all of you;
this is my life in the new covenant, poured out
for you and for many, for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me."
And so, in remembrance of your mighty acts
in Jesus Christ, we proclaim the mystery of faith.
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.


Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,
that we may be the body of Christ
for the healing of the world.
Light of the world, wisdom of God,
maker of all things, we praise your holy name.
Amen.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2013 by Mary J. Scifres, B. J. Beu. Copyright © 2012 Abingdon Press. Excerpted by permission of Abingdon Press.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Meet the Author

Mary J. Scifres serves as a consultant in leadership, worship, and evangelism from her home in Laguna Beach, California, where she and her husband, B. J., reside with their son Michael. Her books include The Abingdon Worship Annual, The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner and its ecumenical counterpart Prepare!, and the worship evangelism book Searching for Seekers.

B. J. Beu is senior pastor of Neighborhood Congregational Church in Laguna Beach, California. A graduate of Boston University and Pacific Lutheran University, Beu loves creative worship, preaching, and advocating for peace and justice.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >