COCU Index

Prayers for the earthquake in Albania, 26th Nov
(see Resources in times of natural disasters and tragedy)
YEAR A
Summer season begins (southern hemisphere) December 1
Advent and Christmas Music
Advent – general resources
Advent – wreath liturgies
WCC Prayer Cycle (1st-7th Dec) Myanmar, Thailand
UN International Day of Persons with disabilities (IDPD), Dec 3
COCU2A.8th December 2019
WCC Prayer Cycle (8th-14th Dec) Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam
UN Human Rights Day, 10 December 2019
COCU3A.15th December 2019
WCC Prayer Cycle (15th-21st Dec) China, Hong Kong, Macau
COCU4A.22nd December 2019
WCC Prayer Cycle (22nd-28th Dec) Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan
Blue Christmas
12 Days of Christmas
Christmas Trees and blessing
Christmas
COCU5A Christmas Eve Year A, Year B, Year C
COCU5A Christmas Day Year A Year B Year C
COCU6A Christmas 1, 29th December
WCC Prayer Cycle (29th Dec – 4th Jan) Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine
New Year’s Eve, 31st December 2019

Citation index (Vanderbilt Library) in canonical order

UCA Calendar of commemorations

Ecumenical prayer cycle (World Council of Churches) 2019 

Components of worship – general
Acknowledgement of Land
Gathering
Prayer of thanksgiving
Prayer of confession/prayers of who we are/Words of Assurance
Prayer for Illumination
Readings (see specific weeks)
Prayers for others
Lord’s Prayer
Prayer of Dedication
Benediction and sending out
(Communion)
(Communion Hymns)

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UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Dec 3

December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). This celebration, created by the United Nations, seeks to celebrate the over one billion people worldwide living with some kind of disability. Disability is so natural, that this number equals 15% or more of the total population of the world. We don’t celebrate disability, but the ability that is hidden within, and makes uniquely able all of those who live with a disability. Pause to remember those who are as whole in their human identity as everyone else, but can find themselves treated as lesser beings.

2019 theme: “Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda”
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COCU2A.Advent 2A.8Dec2019

Readings:
Isaiah 11:1-10: Isaiah proclaims the coming of the “shoot from the stump of Jesse” who, through God’s Spirit resting on him, will bring peace, justice, righteousness and equity to the earth.
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19: A prayer for the King to rule wisely and justly, protecting the weak and vulnerable and refreshing the world and the godly who live in it.
Romans 15:4-13: Paul’s prayer that God may empower the Church to live in harmony, since Christ came for both Jew and Gentile, and together they form one voice of praise to God.
Matthew 3:1-12: John the Baptist preaches in the wilderness, baptising those who repent, speaking out against the corrupt religious leaders, and challenging people to prepare themselves for the coming of the Messiah.
(Summaries from Sacredise)

Resources: 
By the Well
Textweek – Advent 2A;
Church of Scotland starters
Godspace reflection on Advent 2 by Lilly Lewin
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COCU3A.Advent3A.15Dec2019

Readings
Isaiah 35: 1-10
God’s promise to restore God’s people, creating a land of peace and prosperity for them, and providing a safe and sure way for them to return home, guaranteeing their arrival in God’s Zion where they will find gladness, joy and an end to their suffering.
Psalm 146: 5-10
A celebration of the God who helps those in need – the poor, the blind, the prisoner, the bent over, the widow, the orphan – and who trips the wicked up.
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Luke 1:46b-55
Mary’s song of praise to the God who has chosen her, even though she is lowly, and who helps and sustains the weak and needy, while opposing and bringing down the rich and powerful.
James 5: 7-10
James encourages the believers to be patient as they wait for God’s coming, even as the farmer waits for rain, and as the prophets of old faithfully endured their suffering with patience.
Matthew 11: 2-11
John the Baptist sends his disciples to question whether Jesus is the One or if he should wait for another, and Jesus assures him with the example of his ministry of liberation, healing and proclaiming the Good News. Then he teaches about John’s role, explaining that, as great as he was, those who embrace God’s reign are greater still.
(Bible reading summaries by John van de Laar, Sacredise)

Resources
By the Well (A preacher’s guide to the lectionary)
Textweek
Singing from the Lectionary
Church of Scotland Weekly worship
Sacredise
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COCU4A.Advent4A.22December2019

Readings
Isaiah 7: 10-16
God promises a sign for King Ahaz, who is looking to Assyria for assistance with the threats of neighbouring Damascus and Samaria, that a virgin will give birth and call the child “Immanuel”, and that the enemy nations will be desolate before the child knows good from evil.
Psalm 80: 1-7, 17-19
A prayer for God to forgive and restore God’s people, and to send and empower the One God raises up to keep God’s people from turning away from God.
Romans 1: 1-7
Paul celebrates Christ who is of both human and divine descent and who has called the apostles – and all of God’s people – to belong to Jesus and to spread the Good News.
Matthew 1: 18-25
Mary discovers herself to be pregnant while betrothed to Joseph, but Joseph is informed in a dream that the Child is of God, and must be named Jesus. These events are proclaimed to be the fulfilment of Isaiah’s prophecy of the virgin who conceives and gives birth to Immanuel.
(Bible reading summaries by John van de Laar, Sacredise)

Resources
By the Well A preacher’s guide to the lectionary
Sacredise
Textweek
Singing from the Lectionary

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COCU6A.Christmas1.29Dec2019

Readings
Isaiah 63:7-9
Psalm 148
Hebrews 2:10-18
Matthew 2:13-23

Resources

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COCU5A.ChristmasEve.24Dec2019

Readings
Isaiah 9: 2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2: 11-14
Luke 2: 1-14 (15-20)

See also Christmas Eve B and Christmas Eve C

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Advent wreath liturgies

Here is an advent candle liturgy by Maren C. Tirabassi: “I was moved by the thought of four candles illuminating the ways human and holy touch in this season, reminding us of the simple and amazing truth of Emmanuel, God with us, we find through the stories of Hope, the places of Peace, the festivities of Joy, the incarnations of Love”.

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New Year prayers and blessings

Resources: Songs for New Year on the Singing from the Lectionary website 

‘You don’t think your way into a new kind of living,
you live your way into a new kind of thinking.’
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COCU5A Christmas Day

See also COCU5B and COCU5C

Readings – Christmas Dawn
Isaiah 62: 6-12
Psalm 97
Titus 3: 4-7
Luke 2: (1-7), 8-20

Readings – Christmas Day
Isaiah 52: 7-10
Psalm 98
Hebrews 1: 1-4 (5-12)
John 1: 1-14

See also Christmas Dawn B and Christmas Day C

Into this world, this demented inn
in which there is absolutely no room for him at all,
Christ comes uninvited.
But because he cannot be at home in it,
because he is out of place in it,
and yet he must be in it,
His place is with the others for whom
there is no room.
His place is with those who do not belong,
who are rejected by power, because
they are regarded as weak,
those who are discredited,
who are denied status of persons,
who are tortured, bombed and exterminated.
With those for whom there is no room,
Christ is present in this world.
(Source: Thomas Merton)

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COCU64C.3Nov2019

Readings

Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4: Habakkuk complains to God that justice is perverted and God’s help does not come, but then, as he waits for God’s answer, God’s word comes to him offering him a vision of the downfall of the proud and the vibrant life of the righteous.
Psalm 119:137-144: The psalmist celebrates God’s regulations, affirming their value and goodness for all time, and giving thanks for the strength they offer even in times of hardship.
2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12: Paul celebrates the faith, love and endurance of the Thessalonian Christians in the face of persecution and hardship, and prays for God’s strength to sustain and inspire them, so that they may glorify God.
Luke 19:1-10: In Jericho Jesus invites himself to be a guest at the house of a chief tax collector, Zacchaeus, in spite of the criticisms of people. As a result, Zacchaeus is transformed into a man of generosity and compassion.
(Bible readings summary by John van de Laar, Sacredise)

Resources
Art and Theology – images and reflections

Habakkuk – ‘how long’?
A theology that has no place for lament is left only with thin, inadequate murmurings. The covenantal relationship is reduced to a mere shell, maneuvered about with smoke and mirrors rather than serious and faithful engagement. . . . A theology which takes our covenantal relationship with God seriously must then also take the laments seriously. One cannot happen without the other.
(Source: Logan C. Jones, The Psalms of Lament and the Transformation of Sorrow)

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