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Worship: Lent & Easter

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;

Holy Week Inspirations

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

               

Association of Lutheran Church Musicians has compiled a gorgeous video of musicians from around the country sharing Jesus Christ Is Risen Today. Let it be a rousing opener or closer for Easter worship!

Easter Worship Video

Rev. Emily Meyer offers a neighborhood, intergenerational Good Friday Stations of the Cross with preparatory activities throughout Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday and Holy Wednesday and a Leader Guide of the whole week, for you.

She also shares creative ideas for sermons, liturgical suggestions and full liturgies for Palm Sunday, Maundy ThursdayThe Easter Vigil and Easter Morning; with a comprehensive Family Guide, or options for breaking the week into Palm SundayEaster Vigil and Easter Morning.

   EASTER MORNING

The Three-Day Feast: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter

Rev. Elsa Anders Cook shares a plethora of Holy Week resources in Holy Week in Coronatide. Many, but not all, are listed separately in these lib guides, but Rev. Cook offers creative ways to utilize her suggestions, as well!

     MAUNDY THURSDAY

Rather than attempting online worship, let this Maundy Thursday be a day of service like this church
Sustain caring for neighbors with great love with a soundtrack and a big pot of soup/chili served outside. Share enfleshed's Blessing of the Meal or one of these Communion Liturgies, (see especially In the Uncertainty, which seems to name it all right now). Please don't do a seder of any kind. If tempted, read this.

 

Openings - Liturgy Download   GOOD FRIDAY GRIEF & LAMENT

Consider reinterpreting the violence inherent to this day with the SALT Project's take-home resource, Understanding the Cross

Maybe Good Friday is simply about lament; a space to grieve all that has been lost. God's Grief, The Many's pay-and-play service, Sojourner's collection of prayers or your own tradition's liturgy for the dying all speak to our too-familiar loss; enfleshed's prayer poems for grief and loss, their contemplative service of story and song, or this prayer for healing might be a good fit, too.

   GOOD FRIDAY SEVEN LAST WORDS/STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Online Stations of the Cross include:

   GOOD FRIDAY TENEBRAE

  • Joanna Harader offers many scripts; this one may be most online friendly
  • Living Liturgies offers Praying Light into the Shadowsa contemplative Tenebrae-like Good Friday service; available for download for a $20 fee for congregational use

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

The Work of the People has curated a rich list for Holy Week, including Scattered Palms; a Psalm 118 Inspired Liturgy (for Palm Sunday or Easter Morning); Come and Take and Eat (among a long list for Maundy Thursday); The Old Story and Fruitful Darkness (among a long list for Good Friday); and Easter/Resurrection films.

Including Children in Holy Week/Easter Worship

Co-Creating a Prayer for Lent “Mad Lib” Style

includes great insight on using technologies such as zoom to reach people in new, sustaining, and sustainable ways

SHC_March_blog Including Children in Holy Week

As we look ahead to Holy Week, this blog post from Jessica Davis explores ways to include children in these important services.

          

Yoga Devotions that pair texts for Palm Sunday, the Three Holy Days and Resurrection Sunday with movement and stretching.   

Rev. Elsa Cook suggests: Maybe Maundy Thursday is a day where worship doesn't happen online in any form but it is a day of service like this church did.

Watch for the Easer iteration of Ms. Suzy's Place; and find her other 8 videos here.

Liturgical Elements

Have Mercy from The Many releases on Ash Wednesday and includes their commissioned theme song for A Sanctified Art's, Again and Again; along with 3 other songs, Quiet Places, Do Not Fear, and Lamb of God. Go to their website or follow them on Spotify.

           

                                (congregational use)  (family use)

          

A Sanctified Art offers a slew of resources from liturgical elements, preaching prompts and study guides for Lent-Easter, Year B; check out their blog for some great worship and faith formation ideas.

Music Sourcebook and Worship Guidebook for Lent and the Three Days Set

The Worship Guidebook for Lent and the Three Days is a treasure trove of insights, images, and practical tips to deepen worship from Ash Wednesday to Easter. The Music Sourcebook expands the repertoire of resources for song from Ash Wednesday to Easter.

From The Plural Guild:

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Virtual Easter Hymn Invitation

Please visit ALCM Virtual Easter Hymn and follow the instructions to submit your vocal and/or instrumental video by Friday, February 26.

Stanza 3 can be customized so only the videos you request are seen during stanza 3. To request your customized version log into the ALCM Members Area. (Not already a member? Become an ALCM member now.) Requesting the customized stanza 3 is FREE to all ALCM members. Membership is open to everyone.

Easter Season

In the Fair Morning: Vocal Solos for the Easter Season

In the Fair Morning: Vocal Solos for the Easter Season

by Evelyn R. Larter (Composer)

These vocal solos from Evelyn R. Larter burst forth with Easter joy, featuring pieces in a variety of styles from classical to contemporary ballads. This collection includes many performance options, such as alternate notes to adjust for vocal ranges and optional obbligato parts for violin or other C instrument (included in the score). Perfect for the Easter season as well as funerals and general use.

Stations of the Cross & Easter Pageants

Easter Worship Video

The Ministry Lab's Holy Week Liturgies include Palm Sunday, Holy Week Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, which are preparatory activities for Good Friday's Stations of the Cross (and an Intro for Leaders), a list of Maundy Thursday suggestions, and full liturgies for Easter Vigil and Easter Morning.

Stations of the Cross Worship Videos, along with the included liturgical script and reflection booklet, allow you to create an interactive, virtual and contemplative Stations of the Cross worship experience.

Illustrated Ministry's Virtual Easter Pageant

Glenys Nellist offers a lovely adaptation of her new children's book as an Easter Pageant

Church Publishing offers both a Passion Play and an Easter Walk

Preaching

     Churches Uniting in Christ

Churches Uniting in Christ offer their Lent & Easter 2021 Bible Studies and Sermons video series