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Worship: Language & Imagery

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Language

Expansive Language LiturgySighs Too Deep for Words

Pastor Tamika Jancewicz, Pastor Emilie Casey, and Anne Krentz Organ shaped this liturgy entitled Sighs Too Deep for Words (Romans 8:26). This resource gives special attention to women’s experiences in scripture and in everyday life, and it invites embodied prayer. This is a liturgy rooted in scriptural accounts of the breaths, sighs, groans, and shouts of God, humanity, and all creation. The writers have aimed to craft language and music that is not only theologically rigorous and aesthetically beautiful, but also clear, adaptable, and singable. May we pray and sing without knowing exactly what to say, for it is when “we do not know how to pray as we ought” that the “Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.”

See also our Faith Formation: Exploring God lib guide for expanded imagery for the Divine.

A brochure that explains why inclusive and expansive language is important and suggests ways to express the fullness of God’s presence including guidelines for speaking and writing. Produced by the Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries in collaboration with the Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns (ACWC) PC(USA). Download a free copy here.

Webinars/Workshops/Training

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We need public rituals of confession … of lamentation.

Krista Tippet with Rev. Phil Jackson

From The Plural Guild:

  A walk through your congregational hymnbook to discover more of its untapped treasures .

A walk through your congregational hymnbook to discover more of its untapped treasures.

  Making sure the songs we sing actually reflect what we believe. Plus, writing songs!

Making sure the songs we sing actually reflect what we believe. Plus, writing songs!

  Opening our worship to mystery, beauty and belonging through inclusive language.

Opening our worship to mystery, beauty and belonging through inclusive language.

Blogs, Podcasts, & Articles

Here's a wonderful list of Inclusive Versions of the Prayer of Jesus. I don't know who compiled it, but most of the prayers are cited for use!

P.S. I would not use the title, 'The Prayer of Jesus': so far as we know, this was never a prayer Jesus prayed. This is the Prayer Jesus Taught Us, the prayer Jesus instructed his followers to pray.

Rev. Dr. Cameron Trimble, reflecting on how our words/language create our realities, encourages us to Say What You Mean.

Land Acknowledgments

Go to Beyond Land Acknowledgment SeriesA Guide to Indigenous Land Acknowledgment was compiled in conversation with a group of Minnesota Indigenous leaders.

 

Green road sign with cows in background. Sign reads Welcome To The Cheyene River Sioux Tribe Indian Reservation.

How To Write A Land Acknowledgement For Your Parish

CICSC logoThe California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center offers this Toolkit.

In Our Library

Altars for Everyone: Worship Designs on Any Budget  -     By: Nancy C. Townley, Stephanie Davis     Before the Amen | Creative Resources for Worship (Tirabassi & Tirabassi)          24030555     Crossings: Meditations for Worship     Picture of Finding Words for Worship     For Every Season | Reflective Liturgies for Worship (Somerville-Wong)     Gifts in Open Hands | More Worship Resources for the Global Community (Tirabassi & Eddy)     From Glory into Glory Reflections for Worship          Praising God     A Prayer Book for the 21st Century  -     By: John McQuiston II     Preaching in Pictures: Using Images for Sermons That Connect  -     By: Peter Jonker     Paperback Seasons of Hope: Readings for the Liturgical Year Book               Worship in the Spirit of Jesus