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  • Memorial services can be held in a range of settings, and can take place any time after someone's death: from a few day to months later...

Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

Building the World We Dream About: For Young Adults, 18-35

Chalice Children, in Preschool

Circle of Trees

Creating Home, Kindergarten-1st Grade

Facing Death with Life

Spirit in Practice

Spirit of Life

World of Wonder, Grades K-1

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WorshipWeb: Searchable Worship Collection

  • By Mandie McGlynn
    Stones of justice have been tossed in the lake but their ripples have not yet arrived.
  • By Nick Wilbourn
    We light our chalice this morning in the spirit of gratitude, Thankful for years of ministerial service to this church, For celebrations of...
  • By Katie Gelfand
    We call forth the life of our faith by igniting our chalice. This spark of new beginnings invites us into a sacred space to reflect where...
  • By Lindasusan Ulrich
    Spirit of Love, hold us in your embrace. Offer comfort to [NAME] and all who love [her/him/them] as [she/he/they] move[s] through [her/his/...
  • By Karen G. Johnston
    Let us ground ourselves in gratitude: using the colorful paper and something to write with, we prepare for our Gratitude Confetti ritual...
  • By Paul Vachon
    As we come together, let us pause to take stock of the year now concluding: its moments of happiness and hurt, its times of accomplishment...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Week 1: Hope (Dec. 3, 2017) Many years ago, thousands of years ago, people in the northern hemisphere were thought to have gathered wreaths...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    This is the season of endings and beginnings, when the small signs of dawn pierce through the night and something new is born. But first...
  • By Debra Burrell
    Fire consumes, and casts a bright light. May our chalice flame consume our regrets for the past, our fears about the future, and our...
  • By David Breeden
    For the setting sun from an airplane window; for the rising sun from a train window after riding all night; for the rising sun and setting...
  • By Tess Baumberger, Erika A. Hewitt
    This Releasing of Covenant was created to end the final worship service of a settled ministry. Minister: For [ number ] years you have...
  • By Molly Housh Gordon
    The author suggests supplementing this Time for All Ages with a PowerPoint/slide show of interesting doors and asking the kids to imagine...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    The new year calls us forward, filled with mystery. As we turn toward that new year, we take a final glimpse of the past year, and reckon...
  • By Kristin Grassel Schmidt
    One: Spirit of Guiding Love, we give thanks today for all of the people who followed a dream, and whose vision, persistence, labor, and...
  • By Lois Van Leer
    Having let go, Set our intentions, Named our curiosity, Committed our energies, And given ourselves over to lives of balance, purpose and...
  • By Patricia Shelden
    For those we miss. For things long gone. For those who or what we last held in our arms, in our hands and in our hearts — we pray. We pray...
  • By Patricia Shelden
    In this hour of holy stillness we gather to honor the life and the person we love. In this hour of Holy Stillness we remind ourselves that...
  • By David M. Horst
    I saw the parade pass by with the last soldier marching. I saw politicians stand by not in pride, but in shame as they recited the names of...
  • By Lois Van Leer
    We light this chalice on the brink of a new year Letting go of what has been Open and hopeful for what may come Renewed, restored, ready To...
  • By Lois Van Leer
    Let go Of all that binds you Of all that burdens you Of what you carry Of all that shames you Of fear Of trespasses and transgressions Of...
  • By Cathy Rion Starr
    Leader: Today we mark the turning of a season. We mark it with the ritual exchange of flowers. We mark it with the election of new leaders...
  • By George A Tyger
    The first stop on U.S. soil after a deployment is the airport. From there, it’s all downhill until you get to see your family and loved...
  • By Mary Wellemeyer
    It’s hard to believe it is finished. She was so full of life and fun until just before the end— keeping track of people, enjoying the...
  • By Kathy Fuson Hurt
    In order to get out I must go through. There is no other way. No other way? But there must be another way, an easier path, a well-lit road...
  • By Chip Roush
    Lay Leader: Our church family is constantly changing. People come and go. Babies are born. Children grow up. People commit themselves to...
  • By Tess Baumberger
    Please note: this ritual was preceded by the departing minister's homily, in which she looked back at the installation service and the...
  • By Sandy Hoyt, Suzanne Reitz
    This ritual, for use within a worship service, calls for the voices of two lay leaders—such as the Board President and a worship associate—...
  • By Michael A Schuler
    We have reached the end of this time For the gathering of memory And for letting the imagination play with future possibilities. We have...
  • By Elizabeth M Strong
    We are in the midst of the season of celebration. Celebrations: Of the birth of new hope, Of the festival of lights, Of the triumph of...
  • By Christine C. Robinson
    Divine Spirit of our comings and goings, bless those who go forth, and bless those who stay. May you who dare new adventures be safe and...
  • By Sylvia L Howe
    We bid you welcome on this first Sunday of the new year. Like Janus we gather with part of us looking backward and part of us looking...
  • By Kaaren Solveig Anderson
    I hate goodbyes. I hate everything about them. It bothers me that “goodbye” isn’t really what I think we most often want to say. When those...
  • By Jaynn Truran
    ALL: Today we honor the youth among us You who are stepping beyond and away and toward Today we share in your journey And encourage your...
  • By Kayle Rice
    Minister : The life of our religious community is fluid, ever changing with new lives, new visions, new possibilities and new ministries. [...
  • By Victoria Weinstein
    Introduction As we continue to seek out the stories of hope in our world in the new year, there are also some things we would very much...
  • By Carol Hepokoski
    Today we are recognizing those in the congregation who have recently retired or are about to retire. The transition from an active work...
  • By Elizabeth Dale
    Happy Winter Solstice! Today is the morning after the longest night and shortest day of the year. Today is the beginning of the Waxing Half...
  • My soul is deprived of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is. Lamentations is a book in the Hebrew (Old) Testaament, written around or...