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Rev Sandy Boyce is a Uniting Church in Australia Minister (Deacon) in placement at Pilgrim Uniting Church, in Adelaide CBD (12 Flinders St). This blog is mainly to resource worship planners for our services, but of course may be useful for others. We have some great writers of music, words for hymns and liturgy at Pilgrim, so this blog also includes their words.

COCU2C.Advent2C.9Dec2018

Malachi 3:1-4: God is sending God’s messenger to prepare for God’s coming, and God’s people and God’s priests will be refined and made pure. Luke 1:68-79: Zechariah’s song of thanksgiving for God’s rescue of Israel, and his proclamation of his … Continue reading

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World AIDS Day, 1 December

World AIDS Day 2016 Prayer Service (WCC) Prayer for those living with AIDS Hear our prayer, O God of mercy and love, for all who live with HIV or AIDS. Grant them loving companions who will support them in the … Continue reading

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International Grieving Day Dec 3rd annually

International Grieving Day, nationalgrievingday@gmail.com (information from a blog by Matthew Fox) We don’t deal well with grief in our culture. We are expected to move on quickly after our losses. But when we don’t take the time to acknowledge and … Continue reading

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UN International Human Rights Day.December10

Gathering Song suggestion: A New Heart For A New World T Watts/M O’Brien (Gather Australia, No 438) Leader: Introduction Why do we gather to pray this day? The promotion and protection of human rights has been a major preoccupation for … Continue reading

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COCU1C.Advent1C.2Dec2018

Readings Jeremiah 33:14-16: God promises to raise up a descendant of David to reign over God’s people and to bring goodness, rightness, justice, and security to Israel and Judah. Psalm 25:1-10: A prayer for God’s compassion and forgiveness, for God to … Continue reading

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Reign of Christ B.25Nov2018

Readings 2 Samuel 23:1-7 David’s last words, celebrating the beauty of the one who rules righteously, and remembering God’s covenant with David and his family. This is all in contrast with godless people whose lives are wasted. Psalm 132:1-12; A … Continue reading

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resources in times of natural disaster/tragedy

This prayer was written by Rev Cathie Lambert (Uniting Church in Australia) for the 2011 Margaret River fires. Cathie’s prayer has been slightly adapted in the context of the horrendous tragedy unfolding in southern California with thousands of homes burnt … Continue reading

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COCU66B.18Nov2018

Readings 1 Samuel 1:4-20 Hannah grieves her inability to conceive, and the mockery of Elkanah’s other wife, Peninnah, so when the family goes to the temple she prays for a child. After Eli accuses her of being drunk, she explains … Continue reading

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Kristallnacht: “Night of Broken Glass” 9 Nov 1938

On the evening of November 9-10, 1938, the German Reich unleashed a pogrom against the Jews, burning down synagogues and smashing the glass fronts of Jewish shops in Berlin and all big cities in Germany and Austria. The pogrom was … Continue reading

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COCU 65B.11th November2018

This is also Remembrance Day and one hundred years centenary since the fighting stopped in World War I. So worship planners may choose to incorporate some specific Remembrance Day prayers into the service (some from the ANZAC Day resource may … Continue reading

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