Litany for Black Lives Matter and violence against POC
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.
Litany for Black Lives Matter and violence against POC
Based on a prayer of lament shared on this site, the following communion liturgy emerged.
Use as a tool as you seek a way to process lament collectively or individually
This could be used by any congregation who has multiple clergy or it could be done by lay people using colorful bands of cloth.
Use as a personal instrument, as a tool for worship planning, or as a handout for leading a group in using and writing a Psalm
Use all of these resources or just one for a time of silent prayer or corporate worship. A service of Ashes is also included.
Foundry UMC in Washington, DC is collecting prayer flags, and will carry them to GC2020 so the prayers can adorn the Conference session. They invite you to participate, making your prayer flag creation a part of the worship life of your community.
This liturgy was prepared by the West Ohio UMC Next Liturgical Writing Team
A special worship service
This responsive prayer of confession was designed for the Opening Worship of the Cal-Pac Annual Conference in 2019. It is adapted from the prayer of confession found in the General Services in the United Methodist Hymnal.
This prayer was shaped from words and ideas that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shared in his sermon "Loving Your Enemies" and elsewhere. It was edited together for use during a meeting of our Resist Harm leadership team, and can be used in small groups or congregations of all sizes.
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.
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.
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.
This PDF file can be easily converted to a jpeg file
For use by choirs and/or worship ensembles.
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.
Use as a separate vow renewal service
Worship service involving a diversity of people in the community including many people from the LGBTQ community.
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.
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.
This could be used on PPT, bulletin covers, FB, signs, etc
Jpeg available on ResistHarm website or save pdf as a jpeg
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.
These practical suggestions and advice are shared to help you plan worship that's attentive to your context and connected to our movement.
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.
These graphics are available to use for Epiphany-themed worship.
These suggestions are of songs and song books that give voice to our January theme: Resist.
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.
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.
This idea comes from Los Altos UMC in Long Beach, California, USA.
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.
This Blessing is a part of the library of free liturgical resources available on enfleshed.com.
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.
New inclusive words for a traditional hymn. Hollywood UMC found these words and used them in worship, to great response.
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.
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.
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.
Worship resources submitted here will be collected and curated by a team of leaders from across the US. By submitting them here, you are indicating that you have and give permission to share them as a free, public web resource, for free use in worship gatherings.
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