It has been a very long church year especially with juggling all the uncertainty of the pandemic and trying to create worship while learning new technologies. And yet, we know our folks have done well with that task. Bravo!
This summer will continue to have its challenges and many of you may be struggling with creating worship for the summer online while trying to plan for hybrid services in the fall. So we want to remind you of resources that you can use for services over the summer.
General Assembly Sunday Morning Worship is open to the general public and will be livestreamed at GA Online Events and on the UUA’s YouTube channel at 12 noon ET. The worship leaders will be the the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis. If your congregation meets/streams earlier than our broadcast time but wants to participate on June 27, please visit the GA Sunday Morning Worship page to request early access. But don't wait to request this access, the link will be sent out 24 hours ahead of time and requests are need about 48 hours before the service.
WorshipWeb continues to add to their collections page of videos for all pieces of worship that you can use in your services. They have videos of hymns and Messages for All Ages that you can access. You can find many of these on the COVID-19 Resources page of WorshipWeb. You may also want to check out the WorshipWeb Library where you can search for various elements of services by theme, holiday or category.
The UUA has created two complete services this year for congregations to use all or parts of. These can also be found on the UUA website.
- The Loved Into Being service, has the theme of stewardship. Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray presents the sermon along with music, storytelling and other worship elements.
- The Side With Love Sunday Service, which was the culminating service as part of 30 Days of Love. The service includes a study guide for use by congregations.
Faithify has created a message for all ages and a reflection for congregations to use on the topic of The Joy (and Practice) of Obstacles. You can access their videos on their website.
Many participants in the Guest In Your Pulpit program offer online versions of their services. You can find the full listing and contact information in the Resources section of the CER website.
Each of these options provides worship planning teams with parts or all of worship services to use on a Sunday morning, giving your team a break. Need something more specific? Reach out to your primary contact. We hear about new resources all the time and may be able to point you to something or someone that can help you.