COCU Index

COCU Year B 2023-2024 (with coding system as used on this website)

World Council of Churches (WCC) ecumenical prayer cycle here.
Acknowledgement of country (various)

Year B
(for ‘special days/weeks’ arranged by month click here. A few dates are included below)
(Scroll down further for links to specific elements of worship for resources)


(13th Feb: Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, 2008 – resources on Australia Day, Day of Mourning, & Reconciliation Sunday may be helpful)

14th February – COCU 18B Ash Wednesday (also Valentines Day)

18th February – COCU 19B Lent 1B

(20th Feb: UN World Social Justice Day)

(21st February UNESCO International Mother Language Day)

25th February – COCU 20B Lent 2B

(27th February to 12th March – Fairtrade Fortnight 2024)

1st March Autumn season begins
(The people of the Kulin nation lived their lives according to their own of markings of the changing seasons. Seven Wurundjeri seasons are described in Woiwurrung traditions. March is Iuk, Eel Season).

1st March World Day of Prayer (first Friday in March annually)

3rd March COCU21B Lent 3B

(8th March International Women’s Day)

10th March COCU22B Lent 4B

17th March COCU23B Lent 5B

(17th March St Patrick’s Day)
(19th March International Day Against Bullying and Violence)
(21st March Harmony Day)
(21st March International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination)
(21st March Feast of Saint Benedict)
(22nd March World Water Day)

24th March COCU24B Palm/Passion Sunday

28th March COCU28 Maundy Thursday

29th March COCU29B Good Friday

30th March COCU30 Holy Saturday ABC

(30th March Earth Hour, (last Saturday in March) 8.30pm
The symbolic action of switching off the lights has become aligned with awareness of positive environmental impact)

31st March COCU31B Easter Sunday

(31 March International Transgender Day of Visibility)

Other dates in March
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month
World Hearing Day, March 3
University Mental Health Day, March 3
World Frog Day 20th March
World Down Syndrome day, 21 March (link here)
World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is a global awareness day that has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. March 21st was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the chromosome which causes Down syndrome. People with Down syndrome have an extra chromosome (they have 3 copies of chromosome 21 – hence 21/3
World Poetry Day, 21 March
UNESCO proclaimed this date back in 1999. World Poetry Day is celebrated every year to recognise the unique ability to make poetry and encourage people who are creative enough to capture life poetically.
World Meteorological Day, 23 March
WMD helps people to understand and realise their role in protecting the atmosphere of the Earth.
World Theatre Day, 27th March
Good Neighbour Day on 27th March. (Neighbour Day is an initiative of Relationships Australia and is held annually on the last Sunday of March)
World Bipolar Day, 30th March

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)

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). 
Australian Women Preach podcast
Rev Roddy Hamilton, New Kilpatrick Parish Church – Original Liturgy
Project Reconnect has sermons for every week – check them out here.
Worship Well have sermons and other elements of worship available each week in plenty of time to use – they’re here.
Saltbush provide liturgy and video sermon “uniting the scattered community” here.

Citation index (Vanderbilt Library) in canonical order
UCA Calendar of commemorations
Ecumenical prayer cycle (World Council of Churches)
2024 NCCA Ecumenical Prayer Cycle with lectionary readings

Narrative lectionary

About admin

Rev Sandy Boyce is a Uniting Church in Australia Minister (Deacon). This blog may be a help to people planning worship services.
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