COCU Index Year C

Year C – COCU Index 2018-19

NAPCAN, 19-27 October 2019
The theme for 2019 is Article 24 – ‘Children have the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help them stay well.’
(For liturgical resources could check out Child Protection Week)
National Unity Week, Oct 26 – Nov 2
Reformation Day 31st October 2017
COCU63C, AllSaints.1stNovember2019
COCU64C.3rd November 2019
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted ChurchIDOP
(first Sunday in November each year – Nov 3, 2019)
Kristallnacht – Night of Broken Glass, Nov 9
Remembrance Day
World Toilet Day
UN World Children’s Day Nov 20
International Transgender Day of Remembrance (ITDR) Nov 20
COCU67C.24thNovember2019 (Reign of Christ)
(Year C concludes, and Year A begins with Advent)

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
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)

(Resource to check out,
Summer season begins (southern hemisphere)
COCU1A.1st December 2019
COCU2A.8th December 2019
COCU3A.15th December 2019
COCU4A.22nd December 2019
COCU5A Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
(See also the season of autumn – in Australia 1st March – 31st May)
World Down Syndrome day, 21 March (link here)
Harmony Day, March 21st
Earth Day April 22nd
COCU32A, Easter 2A, 23rd April 2017
ANZAC Day, 25th April – resources here
COCU33A, Easter 3A, 30th April 2017
COCU34A, Easter 4A, 7th May 2017
(first Sunday in May is also a day ‘set aside’ for Pluralism Sunday)
COCU35A, Easter 5A, 14th May 2017
COCU36A, Easter 6A, 21st May 2017
(also, Global Day of Prayer to end Famine, May 21)
COCU38A, Easter 7A, 28th May 2017
(also Reconciliation Sunday)
(also Week of Prayer for Christian Unity)
COCU39A, Day of Pentecost A, 4th June 2017 (see also Pentecost C, which has lots of prayers and resources)
Also World Environment Day
Also start of winter in the southern hemisphere
COCU40A, Trinity Sunday A, 11th June 2017 (see also Year B and Year C)
COCU43A, Pentecost2A, 18th June 2017
(Also start of Refugee Week)
COCU44A, Pentecost 3A, 25th June 2017
(UCA Anniversary 22nd June)
COCU45A, Pentecost 4A, 2nd July 2017
(Also start of NAIDOC Week, 7-12 July 2020)
COCU46A, Pentecost 5A, 9th July 2017
COCU47A, Pentecost6A, 16th July 2017
COCU48A, Pentecost 7A, 23rd July 2017
COCU49A, Pentecost 8A, 30th July 2017
COCU50A, Pentecost 9A, 6th August 2017
(also, Hiroshima Day. Could also use some prayers for peace resources)
August 9th, International Day of the World’s Indigenous People recognition
COCU51A, Pentecost 10A, 13th August 2017
(Prayers for Peace – Korean Peninsula – August 13, 2017)
COCU52A, Pentecost 11A, 20th August 2017
COCU53A, Pentecost 12A, 27th August 2017
(Also Migrant and Refugee Sunday in the UCA)
Season of Creation
(also, Spring season)
(also, September is Dementia Month)
(also, National Suicide Prevention Month)
COCU54A, Pentecost 13A, 3rd September 2017
(also, Fathers’ Day)
COCU55A, Pentecost 14A, 10th September 2017
(see also September 11)
(also Child Protection Week)
COCU56A, Pentecost 15A, 17th September 2017
COCU57A, Pentecost 16A, 24th September 2017
(also Social Justice Sunday)
(also World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, 17-24 Sept)
COCU58A, Pentecost 17A, 1st October 2017
(also World Communion Sunday)
(also International day of Older Persons)
COCU59A, Penteocost 18A, 8th October 2017
October 11, International Day of the Girl 2017
COCU60A, Pentecost 19A, 15th October 2017
(World Food Day October 16th)
(Anti-Poverty Week, 15-21 October, 2017)
COCU61A, Pentecost 20A, 22nd October 2017

October 22 marks the first anniversary of the historic National Apology to Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse in Australia. Uniting Churches across the nation have been invited to mark the anniversary with a Liturgy of Acknowledgement and Lament to be adapted and used on or near 20 October. More information, including  downloadable liturgy is here.

COCU62A, Pentecost 21A, 29th October 2017
(Reformation Day 31st October 2017)
(All Saints Day, 1 Nov 2017)
COCU64A,  Pentecost 22A, 5th November 2017
(also International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – IDOP)
(Remembrance Day, Nov 11th)
COCU65A, Pentecost 23A, 12th November 2017
(another tragedy, another shooting – prayers and resources)
COCU66A, Pentecost 24A, 19th November 2017
(also World Toilet Day)
(UN World Children’s Day Nov 20)
Nov 20 International Transgender Day of Remembrance (ITDR)
COCU67A, Reign of Christ, 26th November 2017
(Also Reign of Christ Year B and Year C)

COCU Year A 2016-17

Year B
Advent general resources
Advent and Christmas Music

Summer season (southern hemisphere)/
winter season (northern hemisphere)

World AIDS Day, December 1st
COCU1B, Advent 1B, 3rd December 2017
(Also UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities – IDPD, Dec 3rd)

COCU2B, Advent 2B, 10th December 2017
(also UN Human Rights Day, Dec 10)

COCU3B, Advent 3B, 17th December 2017
COCU4B, Advent 4B, 24th December 2017
(also Christmas Eve – Year A, Year B, Year C)
Blue Christmas
COCU5B, Christmas Day, 25th December 2017
(Christmas Day music)
COCU6B, Christmas 1B, 31st December 2017 (Christmas 1A)
(New Years Day, 1st January 2018)
COCU9B, Epiphany 1B, 7th January 2018
COCU10B, Epiphany 2B, 14th January
Martin Luther King Jr Day (USA)
COCU11B, Epiphany 3B, 21st January 2018
26th January: Australia Day/Survival Day
COCU12B, Epiphany 4B, 28th January 2018
COCU13B, Epiphany 5B, 4th February 2018
COCU14B, Transfiguration, 11th February 2018
(Transfiguration Sunday Year A and Year C)
COCU18B, Ash Wednesday, 14th February 2018
COCU19B, Lent 1B, 18th February 2018
COCU20B, Lent 2B, 25th February 2018
Autumn season (southern hemisphere)
COCU21B, Lent 3B, 4th March 2018
COCU22B, Lent 4B, 11th March 2018

COCU23B, Lent 5B, 18th March 2018

World Down Syndrome day, 21 March (link here)

World Water Day, 22 March

Earth Hour, Saturday 24th March, 8.30pm

COCU24B, Lent 6B/Palm Sunday – see also Year A and Year C/
Passion Sunday, 25th March 2018

COCU25B, Holy Week Monday, 26th March 2018
COCU26B, Holy Week Tuesday, 27th March 2018
COCU27B, Holy Week Wednesday, 28th March 2018
COCU28B, Holy Week Thursday/Maundy Thursday, 29th March 2018 (Year A link here)
(* FREE Maundy Thursday Agape Liturgy. This booklet has been produced by St Andrews Episcopal Church Seattle WA and has been made available with the kind permission of Cherry Hairston as a free download in the Godspace store)

COCU29B, Good Friday, 30th March 2018 (Year A link here)
COCU30B, Holy Saturday, 31st March 2018 (Year A link here)
COCU31B, Easter Sunday, 1st April 2018 (Year A link here, Year C link here)
(‘April Fools Day’)
COCU32B, Easter 2B, 8th April 2018
COCU33B, Easter 3B, 15th April 2018
COCU34B, Easter 4B, 22nd April 2018
ANZAC Day, 25th April
International Workers Memorial Day, 28th April
COCU35B, Easter 5B, 29th April 2018
COCU36B, Easter 6B, 6th May 2018
COCU38B, Easter 7B, 13th May 2018
Mothers Day
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (13-20 May 2018)
(southern hemisphere)
COCU39B, Day of Pentecost, 20th May 2018
COCU40B, Trinity Sunday B, 27th May 2018
Reconciliation Sunday, 27th May 2018
Winter season (southern hemisphere)
COCU41B, Pentecost 2B, 3rd June 2018
World Environment Day, 5th June 2018
COCU42B, Pentecost 3B, 10th June 2018
COCU43B, Pentecost 4B, 17th June 2018
Arbor Day/Tree Day, 20th June 2018
UCA Anniversary, 22nd June 2018
COCU44B, 24th June 2018
COCU45B, 1st July 2018
COCU 46B, 8th July 2018
NAIDOC week, 8-15 July 2018
COCU 47B, 15th July 2018
COCU 48B, 22nd July 2018
National Tree Day, July 29th (Schools day is July 27th)
COCU 49B, 29th July 2018
National DonateLife week Sunday 29 July – Sunday 5 August (Australia)
UN World Day Against Traffiking in Persons, July 30th
COCU 50B, Pentecost 11B, 5th August 2018
(Lay Preachers Sunday, Uniting Church in Australia)
Hiroshima Day, August 6th
Fairtrade Fortnight, 3rd-16th August 2018
National Missing Persons Week, 5-11th August 2018
COCU 51B, Pentecost 12B, 12th August, 2018

Indigenous People’s Day (October 9)

Remembering Charlottsville (August 12th) UCC liturgy

International Day of the world’s Indigenous People – August 9th
(poems for Indigenous People’s Day on Godspace)

COCU 52B, Pentecost 13B, 19th August, 2018

Daffodil Day August 24th (Cancer Council)

COCU 53B, Pentecost 14B, 26th August, 2018
(Migrant and Refugee Sunday)
COCU 54B, 2nd September, 2018
(also Season of Creation – Week 1)
Fathers’ Day (Australia)
COCU 55B, 9th September, 2018
(Season of Creation – Week 2)
Child Protection Week (first week in September)
September 10 – World Suicide Prevention Day
September 11
September 13 – R U OK? Day
(Some resources and prayers on the Mental Health page on this website may be useful)
COCU 56B, 16th September, 2018
(Season of Creation – Week 3)
Spring season– southern hemisphere
Season of Creation
September – Dementia month
A prayer for Hurricane Florence in the US (and super typhoon in the Philippines)

World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel: 16 – 23 September 2018
International Day of Peace, 21st September (each year)
World Alzheimer’s Day – Sept 21 (each year)

COCU 57B, 23rd September, 2018
(Season of Creation – Week 4)
World Week for peace for Palestine Israel – 16-23 September 2018
COCU58B, 30th September, 2018
(Social Justice Sunday)
World Rivers Day – last Sunday in September (each year)
International Day of Older Persons, 1st October (each year)
World Habitat Day, 2nd October (each year)
International Day of Non-Violence 2 October (Gandhi’s birthday)
COCU 59B, Pentecost 20B, 7th October, 2018
World Communion Sunday (first Sunday in October)

Mental Health Week 2018, 7-13 October 2018
International Day of the Girl Child – October 11th
COCU 60B, Pentecost 21B, 14th October, 2018
United Nations’ International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17 October
(Anti-Poverty Week, 14th to the 20th of October)
Anti-Slavery Day, 14th October (resources by Church of Scotland here)
Wentworth bi-election (Australia) – prayers for elections
COCU 61B, Pentecost 22B, 21st October, 2018

COCU 62B, Pentecost 23B, 28th October, 2018
National Grandparents Day Sunday, 28 October 2018 (Australia)
– a day for people to celebrate the role grandparents play in families and communities.
* Queensland celebrate on 1st Sunday in October FacebookWikipedia (scroll to Australia)
World Food Week of Action
Nov 1st – All Saints Day
Nov 1st – World Vegan Day
COCU 64B, Pentecost 24B, 4th November, 2018
A prayer for Sulawesi, Indonesia (tsunami)
A prayer for drought relief in rural Australia
Kristallnacht (Nov 9-10)
COCU 65B, Pentecost 25B, 11th November, 2018
(Remembrance Day, 11th November) – centenary of the end of WW1 100 years (2018)
A prayer for Lion air plane crash (Indonesia) 29th October

Prayers in times of natural disasters and tragedies – California fires
COCU 66B, Pentecost 26B, 18th November, 2018
COCU 67B, Reign of Christ Sunday, 25th November, 2018

Year B COCU Index (link is to a NZ resource)

World AIDS Day
COCU1C, Advent 1C, 2nd December 2018
International Day of people with disability, resources, December 3
Grieving Day, December 3
COCU2C, Advent 2C, 9th December 2018
Human Rights Day, 10th December 2018
(70th anniversary of UN Declaration of Human Rights)
COCU3C, Advent 3C, 16th December 2018
COCU4C, Advent 4C, 23rd December 2018
Blue Christmas
COCU 5C, Christmas Eve/Christmas Day
COCU6C, Christmas 1C, 30th December 2018
New Years Eve, 31st December 2018
COCU8C Epiphany of the Lord, 6th January 2019
COCU9C Baptism of Jesus, 13th January 2019
Day of Mourning, 20th January 2019
The Day of Mourning invites all Uniting Church in Australia congregations to hold worship services that reflect on the effect of invasion and colonisation on Australia’s First Peoples and our identity as a nation. It is recommended for the Sunday before Australia Day on 26th January (the Sunday will be 20th January 2019). Also check out #changetheheart
Martin Luther King Jr Day (USA), 21st January
COCU10C, 20th January 2019
COCU11C, 27th January 2019
COCU12C, 3rd February 2019
COCU13C, 10th February 2019
Prayers amid flood and fire (Australia)
11th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations
(some resources on Australia Day, Day of Mourning, and Reconciliation Sunday may be helpful)
Valentine’s Day, 14th Feb
COCU14C, 17th February 2019
World Social Justice Day, 20th February
COCU15C, 24th February 2019
(Season of autumn – in Australia 1st March – 31st May)
World Day of Prayer 2019, 1 March
COCU17C.Transfiguration, 3rd March 2019
A summit on sexual abuse by Catholic clergy at the end of February. Cardinal George Pell has been convicted of sexual abuse. Carolyn Winfrey Gillette has crafted a new hymn, O God when trust is shattered, that gives voice to the prayers of the people: ‘Bring healing, love and mercy! Bring justice, God of truth!’ 
COCU18C Ash Wednesday, 6th March 2019
International Women’s Day 8 March
Harmony Day 21st March
COCU19C.Lent1C,10th March 2019
St Patrick’s Day, 17 March
COCU20C.Lent2C,17th March 2019
Harmony Day,  21 March (Australia). Harmony Day is intended to celebrate the cohesive and inclusive nature of Australia and promote a tolerant and culturally diverse society. 21 March is also the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Since 1999, Australia has celebrated the day as Harmony Day.
Metropolitan Gabriel (on refugees in Greece): ‘The stranger is an opportunity to see God’
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21
World Down Syndrome day, 21 March (link here)
World Water Day, 22 March
COCU21C.Lent3C, 24th March 2019
Fourth Sunday in April – Break the Silence Sunday 
Shooting in New Zealand – some prayers resources here may be helpful to include in Sunday’s service
Earth Hour, Saturday 30th March, 8.30pm
COCU22C.Lent4C, 31st March 2019
COCU23C.Lent5C,7thApril 2019
COCU24C.Palm Sunday, 14th April 2019
Palm Sunday March for Refugees (Australia) 
Holy Week
COCU25C Holy Monday
COCU26C Holy Tuesday
COCU27C Holy Wednesday
COCU28C Maundy Thursday 18th April 2019
Earth Day, April 22nd
ANZAC Day, April 25th
Break the Silence Sunday, April 28th(fourth Sunday in April)
International Workers Memorial Day, 28th April
Holocaust Remembrance Day, May 2nd
(first Sunday in May is a day ‘set aside’ for Pluralism Sunday)
Do it for Dolly Day, 10th May 2019
Mothers Day
Election issue (Australia): refugees and asylum seekers
Refugees and asylum seekers      A hymn for ‘boat people’
Election Issue: Environment (prayers in Seasons of Creation or World Environment Day)
Resources in times of tragedy and natural disasters (including prayers for STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting in Colorado, Mozambique and Cyclone Fani in India), 10th May 2019
Saint Brendan’s Day, 16th May2109 (Celtic Saint)
Global Day of Prayer to end Famine
(also Sorry Day, Reconciliation Sunday)
(COCU37C Ascension Day)
UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, 30thJuly (or closest Sunday, which is 28th July)
Homelessness Week, 5-11 August 2019
Hiroshima Day, 6th August
(could also use some prayers for peace resources)
August 9th, International Day of the World’s Indigenous People recognition
11 August 2019 Prayers for Peace – Korean Peninsula

National Reconciliation Week
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (between Ascension Day and Pentecost)
Winter begins (southern hemisphere)
World Environment Day, June 5th
(In 2019 the focus is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ to reduce plastic pollution)
World Day Against Child Labour, 12th June (An estimated 152 million children across the world trapped in forced labour)
(COCU41C – COCU43C not used in 2019)
Refugee Week
Arbor Day/Tree Day, 20th June
UCA Anniversary 22nd June
Winter solstice
25th July,  Christmas in July
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day, August 4 2019
Migrant and Refugee Sunday in the UCA
Wear it Purple Day, 30th August 2010
(last Friday in August each year)
Wear it Purple was founded in 2010 in response to young people taking their own lives as a result of bullying and harassment from the lack of acceptance of their sexuality or gender identity
Season of Creation
National Suicide Prevention Month – September
Also Fathers Day
Spring (starts Sept 1st in southern hemisphere)
September is Dementia Month
9/11 Remembrance
Child Protection Week
World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, 17-24 Sept
Freedom Sunday (end human slavery), 22 September 2019
Social Justice Sunday – last Sunday in September
International day of Older Persons – October 1st (annual)  
(Also World Communion Sunday)
Labour Day – 7th October 2019 (South Australia)
(Yom Kippur– Jewish holy Day, evening of Oct 8 to evening of Oct 9 2019)
International Day of the Girl – October 11
World Food Day October 16th ‘Greening the Blue’
Anti-Poverty Week (13-19 October 2019)


Components of worship

Acknowledgement of Land
Prayer of thanksgiving
Prayer of confession/prayers of who we are
Words of Assurance
Prayer for Illumination
Prayers for others
Lord’s Prayer
Prayer of Dedication
Benediction and sending out
(Communion Hymns)

Dates –

About admin

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.
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