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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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.

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Pentecost Prayer

Author: Joan Chittister
Free to use or adapt with attribution to the author

Use both prayer and image in worship, small group study and private prayer.

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A Prayer for the Power of the Spirit among the People of God.

Author: Episcopal and Lutheran Church
Free to use with attribution to the author

Ecumenical prayer for use in worship, small group study, individual prayer

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CovidPrayers.org

Author: Claremont UMC
Free to use or adapt

Claremont UMC is a Reconciling Congregation. This prayer installation is available outdoors, in front of the church, and also online.

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Beguiled by Beauty - 6 week worship series

Author: Marcia McFee
Free to use or adapt with attribution to the author

This series from Marcia McFee's Worship Design Studio includes video sequences for online worship and full scripts that work whether you are in-person or not. There is a fee, but hardship rebates are available.

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Service of Remembrance (during COVID-19)

Author: Trudy Robinson and San Diego First UMC
Free to use or adapt with attribution to the author

San Diego First UMC is a Reconciling Congregation in San Diego, California.

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A Prayer for the Critically Ill in the Time of a Coronavirus

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

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

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"In Fear the World is Weeping" - new hymn by Ruth Duck

Author: Ruth Duck
Free to use with attribution to the author

Ruth Duck is a retired UCC pastor and liturgical theologian, whose work has expanded our descriptions of God with fresh, gender-inclusive language.

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Blessed are Those...In the Times of Coronavirus

Author: Anna Blaedel for 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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Black Lives Matter resources

Author: Tawana Davis
Free to use or adapt

Litany for Black Lives Matter and violence against POC

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Communion Liturgy

Author: Michelle Bodle
Free to use or adapt

Based on a prayer of lament shared on this site, the following communion liturgy emerged.

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Lament Ideas

Author: Resist Harm Team
Free to use or adapt

Use as a tool as you seek a way to process lament collectively or individually

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An Act of Resistance for Clergy

Author: Lisa Blaylock
Free to use or adapt

This could be used by any congregation who has multiple clergy or it could be done by lay people using colorful bands of cloth.

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Psalms of Lament - A Guide

Author: Johnny Sears and Walter Brueggemann
Free to use or adapt

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

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Repent and Resist - Ash Wednesday

Author: Great Plains Conference
Free to use or adapt

Use all of these resources or just one for a time of silent prayer or corporate worship. A service of Ashes is also included.

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Prayer Flags (for GC2020)

Author: Will Ed Green
Free to use or adapt

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.

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Renewal of Wedding Vows and Recommitment to Beloved Community

Author: Robert English
Free to use or adapt

This liturgy was prepared by the West Ohio UMC Next Liturgical Writing Team

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LOVE: A Service Affirming Commitment and Connection

Author: The Pastors of the Sponsor Churches
Free to use or adapt

A special worship service

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Prayer of Confession

Author: Rev. Darin Arntson
Free to use or adapt

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.

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Affirmation of Faith : Loving your enemies (MLK)

Author: Pat Luna and Molly Vetter, editors
Free to use or adapt

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.

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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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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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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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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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