Posted on Sep 2, 2014

Suggested resources from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Minister-Faith Formation for Discipleship:

Copyright guidelines for congregations: http://www.united-church.ca/sites/default/files/handbook_copyright-guide-congregations.pdf

PROOST… inspiring resources that fuel faith – reasonably priced multi media resources:  http://www.proost.co.uk

Animate Faith: http://animate.wearesparkhouse.org/ – adult small group resource from sparkhouse.  Seven sessions diverse Christian leaders on central Christian topics to stimulate discussion and reflection and build community.  Resources includes a seven session dvd, personal journal and facilitators guide.

Hymn for Blessing of the Animals: (free online) O God, Your Creatures Fill The Earth Text: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, 2011 Tune: ELLACOMBE. http://goo.gl/nSRHz

Open Space Resources compiled by Chris Corrigan: http://chriscorrigan.com/parkinglot/?page_id=957

Liturgical Prayers:  by Joan Stott – based on the Revised Common Lectionary. http://www.thetimelesspsalms.net/

Worship on the Web: Starters For Sunday – A variety of worship resources and materials. (Church of Scotland): http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/worship/starters_for_sunday

Singing from the Lectionary: http://lectionarysong.blogspot.ca

What It Takes: Ideas for Planning Intergenerational Worship: http://network.crcna.org/content/worship/what-it-takes-ideas-planning-intergenerational-worship

Planning All-Age Worship: http://mrn.sa.uca.org.au/childrens-ministry/all-age-worship.html (Uniting Church SA)

Process Theology Lectionary Resources: http://processandfaith.org/resources/lectionary-commentary

Girardian reflections (based on the Mimetic theories of Rene Girard) on the Lectionary: http://girardianlectionary.net

Liturgy, music, shared ideas, justice and peace resources for worship and Christian community.

Day1.org  – A mainline Protestant resource of offers an extensive library of lectionary-based sermons, audio, video, blogs, and other resources for lay persons and pastors. Host – Peter Wallace.

The Text this week: Lectionary resources: http://www.textweek.com. If you are not already familiar with this site, you need to take a look. It hosts links to exegesis, commentaries, media, images, related liturgies and more.

Resources on The Golden Rule: Workshop guidelines, meditation exercises and other resources are available for teaching and reflection with young people or adults. Scarboro Mission Site: http://www.scarboromissions.ca/Golden_rule/index.php

Worship Central:  http://www.worshipcentral.org.Our vision is to encounter God, equip the worshipper and empower the local church”. Non-denominational, it is an interesting resource for worship leaders looking for ways to be ‘current.’

The Methodist Church in Britain PowerPoint for Worship: http://www.methodist.org.uk/prayer-and-worship/powerpoint-for-worship Free PowerPoint files to use in worship or other church contexts.

Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/groups/vfw. Video for worship.

Worship Ideas: http://changingworship.wordpress.com/worship-ideas.

Engage: http://engageworship.org/ideas. Resources and training for innovative, creative, and world-changing worship.

The Work of the People: http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/visual-liturgy. Resources for Visual Liturgy

The World in Prayer: http://www.worldinprayer.org. World in Prayer is a ministry of the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist Lodi, California, USA, and is written by a team of writers representing different denominations throughout the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Every week the site offers prayer which responds to concerns from around the world.  It is a powerful resource for those preparing liturgies or those who wish to hold the world in personal prayer.

‘Real Spirituality for Real Life’

Process and Faith org: http://processandfaith.org/

Liturgies: http://processandfaith.org/resources/liturgies. “Process theology sees the universe as creative, interrelational, dynamic, and open to the future. In process theology, god is relational, present in every moment of our lives and in all entities and levels of being. The world is interconnected, in effect a giant ecosystem, where what harms or blesses one, harms or blesses all.” The site hosts a number of resources including a by-subscription online periodical.

Bulletin Covers and Graphics

Good News for the Diaspora: http://www.scholia.net/bulletins.htm

Gilead Institute: http://www.gilead.net/bulletincovers.html

Cerezo Barredo’s weekly gospel illustration:  http://www.servicioskoinonia.org/cerezo/

The Painted Prayerbook:  http://paintedprayerbook.com/the-painted-prayerbook/. With original artwork by Jan Richardson, this blog explores the intersections of writing, art, and faith with a weekly reflection on a lectionary text.