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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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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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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