Worship

We invite you incorporate the work of resisting harm into the worship life of your church or group. Here, you will find resources for use during regular Sunday worship, small group meetings, or vigils and special services. In the faithful postures of worship, we invite God to work with us as we resist harm and proclaim the expansive grace of Jesus Christ.

If you have a resource you have created for your own community during this season, we hope you will consider sharing it with others here.
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Monthly Planning Guides

We invite you to incorporate the work of resisting harm into the worship life of your church or group. These worksheets are for use by individuals or groups, as a starting point for finding ways to incorporate #ResistHarm into regular Sunday worship, small group meetings, or vigils and special services; they include starting points, lectionary tools and more.

Worship Ideas

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MLK's sermon "Loving Your Enemies" (and "Only Love Can Do That" by Mark Miller)

Author: Molly Vetter
Free to use or adapt

Ideas from MLK as sermon inspiration and an anthem from Mark Miller--shared as one way of connecting Black History Month, the theme of love, and our work to resist harm.

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African American Lectionary - LGBTQ+ Sunday Resources

Author: The African American Lectionary
Free to use or adapt with attribution to the author

Although this resource is intended for a June celebration, it fits the intersectional themes of resistance to the Traditional Plan, the February ResistHarm theme of Love, and Black History month.

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Blessing of Unions

Author: Rev. Diane McGehee
Free to use or adapt

Use this resource to get ideas on how you could do a vow renewal service/family blessing service. This is a full worship service with Prayer of Confession, Proclamation, Great Thanksgiving and Family Blessing.

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Water Image

Author: UMCNext Team
Free to use or adapt

This PDF file can be easily converted to a jpeg file

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I Choose Love - Mark Miller

Author: Mark Miller
Free to use with attribution to the author

For use by choirs and/or worship ensembles.

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A Liturgy for the Festival of the Christian Home: A Blessing for All People and All Families

Author: Rev. Mandy Sloan McDow
Free to use with attribution to the author

This Blessing of Families liturgy, in which we, as individuals, couples, families of choice and families with children, are invited to come forward to be anointed. This ritual as a way to recognize the covenant relationships that existed, but had never had the opportunity of being blessed.

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Covenantal Celebration of Holy Marriage

Author: FUMC - Dallas
Free to use or adapt

Use as a separate vow renewal service

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Celebration of Our Diversity and Resistance to Harm

Author: Arkansas Reconciling Ministries Network, Uniting Methodist, UMCNext, and ResistHarm Team Members
Free to use or adapt

Worship service involving a diversity of people in the community including many people from the LGBTQ community.

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#ResistHarm Signs

Author: Resistharm team
Free to use or adapt

Signs are available at resistharm.com's Communication tools section. They may be printed on church printer or sent to a print shop. One church has printed them on dry erase boards and another made yard signs. The blanks give people the chance to especially love the people they know.

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Epiphany desert image

Author: Photo is free to use from Unsplash (photo by Robert Bye). I formatted pic on canva.
Free to use or adapt

For Epiphany with the theme #ResistHarm
Magi were already complicit in a system of oppression but now have a choice of how to proceed from here. They choose to minimize harm even if it means going out of their way. How can we go out of our way to resist and minimize harm in an oppressive context.

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Epiphany Resistance image

Author: Resist Harm team
Free to use or adapt

This could be used on PPT, bulletin covers, FB, signs, etc
Jpeg available on ResistHarm website or save pdf as a jpeg

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Jan 5 , 2020 Resist Harm Worship Service

Author: various people
Free to use or adapt with attribution to the author

Three similar worship services will be happening in Oklahoma the evening of January 5 as a way to bring our community together and make a statement that the harm inflicted by the Traditional Plan is not acceptable. Through this worship service we will lament, resist, act and hold tightly to hope.

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Epiphany Worship, with baptismal renewal, letter-writing & story telling

Author: Stephanie Ahlschwede
Free to use or adapt

These practical suggestions and advice are shared to help you plan worship that's attentive to your context and connected to our movement.

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Epiphany Communion Prayer

Author: enfleshed.com
Free to use with attribution to the author

Created by enfleshed.com. Free to use with attribution to the author.
This Communion Prayer is a part of the library of free liturgical resources available on enfleshed.com.

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Epiphany Resist Harm Worship Graphics

Author: Molly Vetter
Free to use or adapt

These graphics are available to use for Epiphany-themed worship.

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January Song Suggestions

Author: Resist Harm Worship Team
Free to use or adapt

These suggestions are of songs and song books that give voice to our January theme: Resist.

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Liturgical Greetings

Author: Rev. Nelson Cowan
Free to use or adapt with attribution to the author

These liturgical greetings are to be used at the beginning of a worship service and can be led by a liturgist or a clergyperson. Each greeting contexts the service with inclusive words of hospitality.

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January Sermon Series: Resisting Evil, Injustice and Oppression in 2020

Author: Chris Jorgensen and Omaha clergy colleagues
Free to use or adapt

A group of six Omaha-area Reconciling (or actively discerning) churches have joined together to promote a shared sermon series in January 2020. We will all share advertising/promoting, based on our United Methodist baptismal covenant.

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Act of Resistance Rainbow Processional

Author: Melinda Teter Dodge
Free to use or adapt

This idea comes from Los Altos UMC in Long Beach, California, USA.

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Wesley’s Covenant Prayer, revised

Author: Jeremy Smith
Free to use or adapt with attribution to the author

This prayer was designed for use in a post-Christian context, with updated, accessible language. You can read more behind the author's intent on his blog, http://hackingchristianity.net/2016/12/wesleys-covenant-prayer-in-a-post-christian-context.html.

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Blessing for a New Year

Author: enfleshed.com
Free to use with attribution to the author

This Blessing is a part of the library of free liturgical resources available on enfleshed.com.

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Collection of hymns at queersacredmusic.com

Author: Amanda Udis-Kessler
Free to use or adapt with attribution to the author

These hymns may be used as appropriate in worship; some of the rounds could be sung at protests. Congregations are welcome to modify lyrics to enhance inclusion as desired.

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God Rest Ye: New Verses

Author: Jeffrey Wilsor
Free to use or adapt

New inclusive words for a traditional hymn. Hollywood UMC found these words and used them in worship, to great response.

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Great Thanksgiving for Pride Season

Author: Will Ed Green
Free to use or adapt with attribution to the author

This liturgy was originally written for use at the 2019 National Capital Pride Coalition witness at the Washington, D.C. Pride Parade. Participants were queer-identified clergy from across the Baltimore-Washington Conference, alongside Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling.

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Blessing for Marriages (during Sunday worship)

Author: Taylor Fuerst
Free to use or adapt

First UMC in Austin, TX uses this blessing during Sunday worship to as a way of praying for all couples. It's designed for use with same-sex couples as well as opposite-sex couples.

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Recommitment of Baptismal Vows

Author: Discipleship Ministries (Modified for greater inclusivity)
Free to use with attribution to the author

Reaffirming our baptismal commitments to resisting evil, injustice and oppression is a powerful way to ground our call to resist harm sacramentally; we think it would be especially powerful at the start of the new year.

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Prayer of Lament

Author: M Barclay
Free to use with attribution to the author

This prayer is shared by permission of M Barclay, Co-Founder and Executive Director of enfleshed, a nonprofit creating and facilitating resources of spiritual nourishment for collective liberation. Visit enfleshed.com for additional resources.

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Song: "We Are"

Author: Rev. Jeannie Himes & Teresa J. Morton
Free to use with attribution to the author

This song was written for St. Stephen's Norman, a Reconciling congregation, as a Benediction song.

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Three Prayers of Lament

Author: Rev. Dr. Carol Cook Moore
Free to use with attribution to the author

These three prayers of lament may be used in the same service or separately.

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Call To Worship: No Such Law

Author: Reconciling Ministries Network
Free to use or adapt

This Call to Worship prayer was shared by the Reconciling Ministries Network as part of the #NoSuchLaw guide, designed for use in local churches in anticipation of a Judicial Council ruling regarding several issues of consequence to LGBTQ+ clergy, including the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto.

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Worship Tips & Resources

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Theological Declaration from the Western Jurisdiction

Affirmed at a Western Jurisdiction Summit in November 2020, this theological declaration uses rich biblical and liturgical language, and can be adapted for use in local settings. Read the declaration here.

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Songs for the Holy Other

The Hymn Society has edited and shares this free volume of hymns affirming the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Visit their site to download.

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Liturgy from enfleshed

With a commitment to spiritual and theological depth and the centering of marginalized experiences, conversations, and communities, enfleshed seeks to provide liturgy, devotionals, curriculum, preaching, training, and pastoral care that addresses honestly, tenderly, and directly, the beauty and pain of living enfleshed lives.

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January Worship Planning Worksheet

We invite you to incorporate the work of resisting harm into the worship life of your church or group.  This worksheet is a tool for use by individuals or groups, as a starting point for finding ways to incorporate #ResistHarm into regular Sunday worship, small group meetings, or vigils and special services; it includes some starting points, lectionary tools and more.

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We are grateful to everyone who is willing to create or share original worship resources for use by congregations, small groups and other gatherings of United Methodists in the ResistHarm movement.

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