COCU Index

UCA Year C 2021-2022 lectionary (free to download)

COCU Year C (with coding system for each week as used on this website) 

Pilgrim Uniting Church online Facebook and Youtube 

Lectionary and prayer resources and special days/weeks Nov/Dec 2021
COCU67B, 21st November 2021 (Reign of Christ)

Year C

Advent wreath liturgies
Advent general resources
Advent and Christmas Music
COCU1C, 28th November 2021
World AIDS Day, December 1
International Day of people with disability, resources, December 3
Grieving Day, December 3
COCU2C, 5th December 2021
Human Rights Day, 10th December
COCU3C, 12th December 2021
COCU4C, 19th December 2021
Blue Christmas
COCU 5C, Christmas Eve/Christmas Day
COCU6C, 26th December 2021

Starters for great resources
Lectionary Liturgies (Thom Shuman) with HC each week
Singing from the Lectionary
Songs of Hope, Faith and Love (Australian) with lyrics, chords and recordings
Church of Scotland Weekly Worship
Together to Celebrate
Pray the Story
UCC Worship Ways
Church Anew blog ….spiritual reflections, imaginative biblical commentary, and thoughtful ideas for innovation (including Diana Butler Bass, Walter Brueggemann). 

Citation index (Vanderbilt Library) in canonical order
UCA Calendar of commemorations
Ecumenical prayer cycle (World Council of Churches) 
2020 NCCA Ecumenical Prayer Cycle with lectionary readings

Narrative lectionary

Components of worship – general
Acknowledgement of Land
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 Hymns)

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This is the first Sunday after Christmas, so it may be a focus in the beginning of the service to have a time to reflect on post-Christmas.

We can find our centre
‘Whatever comes our way,
we can find our centre,
at peace within the source of peace’.

I come to you with all of my parts
that together in you, make a whole.

We sit in the overindulgence of feast
and the trying so hard to make it all fit.

The tunnel of too much of everything
is filled with your light.

Your breath is on the air
of my prayers.

I have caved in upon the loneliness
of myself, searching to make sense.

And found you, placing the warmth
of a robe about my shoulders.

I walked from place to place
caught up in the bright and entertainment.

And found a life of belonging,
where no more waiting is to be found.

You dropped possession to find us –
ready for a King.

Whatever we have faced
through a season of candles lit, memories sparked,

no matter what voices have said, or not said
and no matter what has been done or undone,

I come to you with all of my parts
that together in you, make a whole.
(Source: Jenneth Graser, Godspacelight)

1 Samuel 2:18-20,26: Samuel grows under the care of Eli the priest, and his parents visit him annually when they come to the Tabernacle for the sacrifice.

Psalm 148: A psalm calling all of creation to praise the God who has strengthened God’s people.

Colossians 3:12-17: Instruction on how those who have been chosen and forgiven by God should live – in compassion, harmony and peace.

Luke 2:41-52: Mary and Joseph accidentally leave Jesus behind in Jerusalem, and return to find him in the Temple in discussion with the religious teachers. Jesus is obedient and grows in wisdom and stature.
(Bible summary by John van de Laar, Sacredise)

It may be worth exploring the resources for New Years Day as well.
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Note: COCU relates to a way of coding for the lectionary year.

Palestinian artist: Ibrahim Hazimeh

Readings Year B
Isaiah 52:7-10
The joy of seeing the messenger of good news, who announces peace and the reign of God, and of knowing God’s protection and care.
Psalm 98
A song of celebration of the God who comes to save God’s people, and who comes to judge the earth in righteousness and justice.
Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12)
God has spoken to us through God’s Son, who is the likeness of God’s being, who has
been appointed as ruler over all things because of his love of goodness, and whose rule is just and eternal.
John 1:1-14
The eternal Word who created the world has come into the world as light shining in darkness and has given life – as children of God – to all who believed in him and received him.
(RCL reading summaries by John van de Laar, Sacredise)

Readings Year C
Isaiah 52:7-10 The messenger who brings good news
Psalm 98 O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things
Hebrews 1:1-4 in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son
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COCU5C.Christmas Eve.24Dec2018


Geri Melchers, a 19th century American artist

See also Christmas, Christmas Eve B, and Christmas Tree Traditions and Blessings

Advent, Christmas and Epiphany: Liturgies and Prayers for Public Worship by Brian Wren

Christmas litany-waiting for the light.ChristineSine

Children’s Talk: Mary’s Treasure Box, based on a storybook by that name, by Carolyn Walz Kramlich

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Mary and Elizabeth

Jeff Shrowder: During a week in the Taizē Comminity in France some years ago I explored the Church of reconciliation outside the scheduled prayer times. Large, cavernous and quiet. A series of small, modern stained-glass windows contributed to the subdued lighting. I photographed the one depicting the meeting of Mary and Elizabeth.

There are many traditional symbols for Mary in worship and art.
The apple is a reference to Mary as the second Eve.
A book, when closed is a reference to Mary’s chastity; when open, wisdom.
A fountain or a garden is a reference to Song of Solomon (4:12).
The lily (or fleur-de-lis) is a flower representing the Annunciation.
A mirror refers to Mary’s nature as a reflection of God.
The rose is a symbol of Mary as Mystical Rose, the “rose without thorns.”
A well, closed up, refers to Mary’s virginity (Sol. 4:12).
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Pilgrim services: 

9.30am 2012, COCU3C.Advent3C.16Dec2012.9 30am.OoS
9.30am 2015, COCU3C.Advent3C.13Dec2015.9 30am.OoS

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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 son, John, as the messenger who will prepare the way for God’s coming.

Philippians 1:3-11: Paul’s prayer of thanksgiving for the Philippians, his desire for them to grow in love and purity, and his assurance that Christ will complete the work begun in them.

Luke 3:1-6: John travels in the region of the Jordan River calling people to repentance and baptising them as a sign of their willingness to change, and of God’s forgiveness. In doing this he fulfills Isaiah’s prophecy of the voice in the wilderness preparing the way for the Lord.

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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 make God’s ways known to the Psalmist, and to lead him in God’s truth. For God is good and righteousness, guiding the weak to justice and leading those who keep God’s covenant in paths of love and faithfulness.
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13: The apostle gives thanks for the Thessalonian church, praying to see them and help them grow in faith. He also prays that they may grow in love, and have strong and holy hearts when Jesus comes.
Luke 21:25-36; Jesus teaches the disciples to be watchful for the signs of the coming destruction, using the apocalyptic language of signs in the heavens, dismay among the nations, and unusual behaviour in the natural world. After these signs, people will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud in splendour. So, his disciples must be watchful, ready to read the signs and keep their hearts faithful.
(Summaries by John van de Laar, Sacredise)

Readings in landscape A4 double sided folded ready to print version

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COCU67B.Reign of Christ B.21Nov2021

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 Psalm in remembrance of David’s quest to build a Temple for God, God’s promise to David of an eternal dynasty, and God’s choice of Jerusalem as God’s “home”.
Revelation 1:4b-8
Jesus Christ is the faithful witness, the first to rise from death, and the ruler of all kings. He has freed us by shedding his blood and has made us a kingdom of priests. He is the beginning and the end, and will be seen by all people when he comes with the clouds of heaven.
John 18:33-37
Pilate asks Jesus if he is the king of the Jews. Jesus replies that his kingdom is not of this world. When Pilate seeks to confirm that he is a king, Jesus cryptically replies that it is Pilate who says so, but that he came into the world to testify to the truth.
(Bible reading summaries by John van de Laar, Sacredise)

Readings (print ready PDF – landscape, folded A4, double sided)
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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 that she is grieving and he blesses her. Following this, she falls pregnant and gives birth to Samuel.

Psalm 16
A Psalm in praise of God’s protection and blessing, God’s instruction and guidance, God’s presence and God’s ways of life.
(alternate reading is 1 Samuel 2:1-10, Hannah’s song, much like the Magnificat)

Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25
Jesus offered the perfect once-for-all sacrifice and then sat down at God’s right hand. He perfected God’s people, and now we can enter God’s presence with confidence because of our faith, the cleansing of God, and our high priest in God’s house. In response we are to hold on to our hope, and motivate each other to acts of love and goodness.

Mark 13:1-8
As they leave the temple, Jesus’ disciples are awed by the size and beauty of the building, but Jesus predicts that it will be destroyed. When the disciples ask for a sign, Jesus warns them about false messiahs who will come, reports of war, earthquakes, and famines. But, these, he explains, are just the beginnings of the end.
(Bible readings summary by John van de Laar, Sacredise)
The readings do not have a great deal of natural overlap, though the theme of waiting seems to be present – waiting for a baby, waiting in hope of life after death, waiting for the defeat of God’s enemies and waiting for the end of Jerusalem and the unfolding future.

Readings in A4 landscape folded format ready to print: Pilgrim COCU66B.Readings.2018

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What does faith look like? How does faith connect to power and wealth? What part do we play as we seek to trust in God? These are some of the questions that are evoked by the Lectionary readings for this week. They challenge our alliances, our use of our resources, our care for the most vulnerable in our world, and the extent to which we are willing to “gamble” all on God’s Reign. May we discover  a deep, practical, generous, and compassionate trust in God as we worship this week.

Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17: Naomi instructs Ruth to approach Boaz, which she does. Boaz takes Ruth to be his wife, and she bears a son called Obed – David’s grandfather.
OR 1 Kings 17:8-16: God instructs Elijah to go and stay with a widow from Zarepath and her son. When he asks her for food, she says she only has a little oil and flour, which she and her son will eat before they die. Elijah assures her that, if she makes him a small loaf first, the oil and flour will not run out. She does what he asks, and their food does not run out.

Psalm 127: A psalm celebrating God’s protection and provision, and the gift of children.
Or Psalm 146: A psalm encouraging praise and trust in God’s care, justice, and rule, and warning against trust in human leadership.

Hebrews 9:24-28: Christ entered into heaven, offering himself once as the sacrifice for human sin. Then, he will appear a second time to save those who wait for him.

Mark 12:38-44: Jesus warns against the legal experts who seek honour, and who cheat poor widows and show off with long prayers. Then he comments on a poor widow who places a small offering in the collection box, saying that she has put in more than anyone else, because she has given out of her poverty.
(Summaries by John van de Laar, Sacredise)

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