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Worship: Liturgy, Music, & Liturgical Arts

resources from judicatories, including re-opening guidelines and online worship videos; online hospitality & participation; engaging children, youth, and intergenerational; lectionary & preaching; liturgy, music & liturgical arts; tech & copyright helps;

Written/Verbal Elements

Paper Bag Cathedrals

Paper Bag Cathedrals creates worship resources specifically for the challenges and advantages of small congregations.


Creative Overflow in Worship Design with Andra Moran & Suzanna Castle

This Is the Day: Liturgy for Love and Justice. Formation for Faith and Renewal offers Inspired: A 7-Week Womanist Worship Series.

Sacred Energy (Mass of the Universe) — Part 1

by William L. Wallace

An entire liturgy (with power point slides available elsewhere), including litanies, music, and script for a dramatized sermon.

Find Prompts for Prayers of Intercession: brief weekly online suggestions for national and world events and concerns that prayer writers might consider as they prepare for worship posted on the ELCA's Worship Blog.

The Iona Community offers these seasonal liturgical resources and a slough of other downloadable liturgical elements.



Offers weekly liturgical prompts, Worship in the Home and Frequently Asked Questions, including How Is Lament included in Worship?

     Honk if you love Jesus.

We write creative resources for Christian communities and households. 
We’re a little bit messy. Irreverently reverent. Held together by spit and Spirit.

Come take a gander.

See their Bread of Life series for late summer, 2021.


Episode 135: Black Liturgies with Cole Arthur Riley

Cole Arthur Riley is the Black Liturgist. Find her poems, liturgies, prayers and other writings on her website and follow her on instagram.

Progressive Christianity offers an extensive online Service and Gathering Planning resource library, searchable by topic and element of worship.

Find Benedictions from around the country here.

The Plural Guild creates unique liturgies and music specific to the times and contexts in which we live.

enfleshed develops general-purpose, anti-racism and COVID-19 related liturgical elements.

offers a slough of resources including: Ministry Resources; Worship Words; and Blog Features. Please note their requests for citations and be aware of copyright permissions.

The Promise & the Practice offers a collection of worship materials by UU religious professionals of color.


A Sanctified Art provides liturgical elements informed by and incorporating progressive theology, expansive imagery, and beautiful and diverse forms of art to encourage engagement in worship.

Their Summer 2021 liturgy I've Been Meaning to Ask is here! Find sample links for:


Bundled resources include:

Study journal Branding bundle
Sermon planning guide Poetry prayers
Words for worship A special liturgy with holy communion
Conversation cards Video vignettes
8 New visuals with artist statements A listening guide

​​Free materials released to supplement the bundle

  1. Hymn & music ideas shared on our blog.
  2. Children's lessons shared on our blog.
  3. "A Covenant of Grace" - an original hymn written by Rev. Anna Strickland for the series.
  4. Artful ideas for worship adornment shared on our blog.
  5. A content calendar for social media.

Revised Common Lectionary Resources

Where the Broken Gather

Thom M. Shuman creates new RCL-based Liturgies each week at Lectionary Liturgies.

The Text This Week - Textweek - Sermon, Sermons, Revised Common Lectionary,  Scripture Study and Worship Links

Jenee Woodward curates Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary resources, including a Scripture Index; Movie Index; Art Index; and more.

Sundays and Seasons: Guide to Worship Planning, Year C 2022     Worship Planning Calendar: Sundays and Seasons, Year C 2022

Cooking with Elsa: weekly RCL-based worship resources including: sermon prompts, liturgical elements and creative tips.

Narrative Lectionary


Spill the Beans designs Narrative Lectionary worship and learning resources for all ages.

Clergy Stuff

Clergy Stuff offers resources for Narrative and Revised Common Lectionaries, including confirmation, worship, preaching, children's stories, and VBS.

The Text This Week - Textweek - Sermon, Sermons, Revised Common Lectionary,  Scripture Study and Worship Links

Jenee Woodward curates Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary resources, including a Scripture Index; Movie Index; Art Index; and more.

Visual Arts

The Good Shepherd

As featured on PBS, Duluth artist, Carolyn Olson’s, powerful artwork could be the impetus for a moving sermon, the backdrop for Prayers of the People/Intercessory Prayers, and/or a contemplative focal point. Contact the artist for copyright permissions.

Igniter Media created free graphics to help engage congregations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

creates fantastic coloring pages, bulletins and other resources for children to use during worship that spark inquiry and deepen engagement.

Dance & Multi-Media


 This video is from the 2021 Online ELCA's Children, Youth, and Family Ministry Network's Extravaganza. It is the Story of Confession from Vance Blackfox from the Opening Worship. A powerful confession for us all, based on the story of Joseph in the Pit.


Joe Davis's YouTube page is full of amazing Spoken Word videos. Joe is fantastic - artistically and theologically!!

is a subscription-based streaming service providing video resources to include in online worship or discussion groups; includes visual prayers, poems, and benedictions

OnBeing's new Poetry Films forum could be great as contemplative prayer prompts, worship elements or small group discussion starters.

is not only a fantastic book, the trailer, in and of itself, is a beautiful contemplative practice - great for prayer-time!

Music - Books, Online & Downloads


Birdtalker - iTunes:  Spotify:  Amazon Music: | Facebook

Birdtalker: Check out the whole album, especially the title track, One.

offers tips for congregational SINGING IN A VIRTUAL REALITY

has pieces available on Prelude Music Planner for download. Nonsubscribers can find pieces for purchase on the Augsburg Fortress website; sign up for their biweekly newsletter with streaming music ideas for upcoming Sundays.


"The nation's premiere faith-based music academy for high school students" created a resource page which includes links to a beautiful Virtual Evening Prayer, the LSM virtual choir singing Luther's Morning Prayer (Carl Shalk), and a number of faculty recordings of tips and commentaries for church musicians.


Subscribe to the ELCA Worship Blog for weekly prompts for crafting local Prayers of Intercession. The post, Resources for Crafting the Prayers of Intercession, and FAQ, How Do We Craft Prayers of Intercession? will help leaders prepare weekly local prayers.

Praying for the Whole World: A Handbook for Intercessors

In the intercessions, the assembly asks God to respond to the needs of the whole world. Through these petitions, worshipers enact their baptismal calling to intercede for the well-being of all things.

In many churches, laypersons prepare the prayers of intercession. In this concise, charming, down-to-earth handbook, Ramshaw proposes seven steps, from Monday through Sunday, to assist your crafting of the prayers of the faithful.

Equity Lens on Preaching & Praying: Regarding the Insurrection on Capital Hill

from the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area; by Rev. Anna Kendig Flores, PTCA Anti-Racism Institutional Assessment Coordinator

A prayer, posted August 9, 2021 by Maren, to share any time:

Prayers for the Heating Earth

Incorporate their poetry into a personal or group contemplative practice, worship/liturgical element, or small group discussion fodder among tweens, teens and/or adults.

Listen to the trailer and subscribe on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsOvercast, or wherever you listen.

A collated Interfaith Prayer for Peace; adding pieces from other world religions or individuals - especially publicly/currently demonized groups - might add to its power.

Books / Hard-Copy Resources

Picture of Behold What You Are     Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman     Connections Worship Companion, Year C volume 1     The Darkness Divine     Let the Light In     Pandemic Prayers               Practicing Lament     Psalms from Prison (Chavis)     Reclaiming Rest: The Promise of Sabbath, Solitude, and Stillness in a  Restless World | Broadleaf Books