a community creating for the relentless return of Sunday

call for contributions: musical liturgy

It’s been a while since we on LiturgyLink have sent out a special call for contributions, but today brings an end to that! As a Presbyterian pastor, a music lover, and a connoisseur of congregational song, I’m looking forward to the upcoming release by the end of this month of Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal. While there’s been a bit of controversy over one song that was left out due to a copyright kerfluffle, the contents look to blend familiar favorites with new and innovative songs from close to home and around the world. Even if you’re not a Presbyterian, I hope you’re aware of this new resource, as there is an ecumenical edition too!

In celebration of the release of Glory to God, we’re looking to publish some liturgical resources that blend words and music in new and creative ways. Maybe you’ve created a response to the assurance of pardon that works well for a particular season. Maybe you’ve found a way to blend a song with words of liturgy to create space for congregational participation. Maybe you’ve even written a musical setting of some liturgical element that you would like to share. If you’ve done any of these or other things, we hope you’ll share them with the LiturgyLink community!

You can send your submissions for this project or any time to liturgylink@gmail.com. Due to copyright restrictions around words and music, we reserve the right to edit, reformat, or even set aside submissions. If you submit original work, please indicate any copyright restrictions that you might have on its use. Any questions, please let us know. And thanks as always for your submissions as we continue to create together!

Sunday’s Coming: working toward March 10

So, here’s a question.

If you pop by Liturgy Link on Mondays, what do you hope to find?

Are you looking for lectionary discussion? My take on the RCL (and/or the Narrative Lectionary) for this week, in a sort of commentary-type format? space for brainstorming? prepared liturgy so you can finalize the bulletin early in the week? hymn ideas? debriefing from yesterday? Something else entirely?

Or do you not do much on Mondays, or maybe even take Monday off, making the Monday post something to gloss over later in the week?

I’m trying to figure out what works best in this space on Mondays. Often we don’t have liturgy already written to post by Monday, and we keep hoping LL will become a space for collaboration, but so far we’re resourcing, not collaborating, so in the interest of serving YOU, our readers and contributors: What do you want to see on Mondays?


If you’re contemplating this coming Sunday already: It’s Reconciliation Week! We get the Prodigal (who’s more prodigal in that story?), we get Paul’s exhortation to be agents of God’s reconciliation, we get the Israelites celebrating the Passover and entering the Promised Land as God’s redeemed/covenanted people. So many choices! Will you take the traditional interpretation of the Prodigal Younger Son? Will you ponder what Prodigal Love might look like? (hint: it could look like taking the Israelites to the promised land, even after all that…) Will you contemplate what promised land your congregation stands at the threshold of, and how to enter it as God’s covenant people? Will you wonder together how to pick up Christ’s reconciling work? Or something else completely different?

perhaps you’re following the Narrative Lectionary, or doing a Lent Series. Share your ideas in the comments!

sharing: what do you do?

on an average sunday, do you write a call to worship? a prayer of approach? a call to confession? a prayer of confession? a declaration of forgiveness? an invitation to offering? an invitation to communion? communion prayers? prayers of dedication? benedictions?

and what order do you put your service in?

When there’s something special (communion, baptism, something else), do you change up the order, or do you just slip the special part into the usual order?

Do you have favorite books or website you use for inspiration or for material?

How many people do you work with when you are creating for worship? Are you out on your own, or working with a staff, or using a virtual community to bounce ideas around in?

What would be your dream for Liturgy Link? How can LL be a resource and a community as you seek to encounter the living Word yourself and facilitate that encounter for others?

Tell me what you want, what you really…

okay, yes, that was a gratuitous Spice Girls reference. You can’t blame me, I’m Presbyterian (which is secretly an anagram of Britney Spears, who did not in fact sing that song).

Also, I haven’t had coffee yet.

Anyway: over here at LiturgyLink we are trying to figure out how to be the best we can be–a community as well as a resource, a place for all the brilliant liturgy getting written every week by not-famous-people as well as some new material from the well-known…etc.

So please: tell us what you want! What would you like to see here? What would you like to contribute here? How can we build up this community even as we collect the resources? (or do you really just want easily searchable resources, sans community?)

Do the weekly Sunday’s-Coming posts spark anything for you? Or would something else in that spot help your ministry more? How about the occasional brainstorming conversations?

Feel free to leave your comments, ideas, reactions, etc, in the comments here. We’re also planning a Google Hangout for some real-time-conversation on this topic, and we’d love to have you join us! The Hangout will be on Wednesday November 28th at 9:30pm Eastern Time. More info to come soon.

See you there!


The world needs you!!

Well, at least your fellow worship-planners need you!

Two-thirds of your Liturgy Link team is headed out for 3 weeks in Scotland, and we need your help. You might imagine that while we’re traipsing around ruined churches and enjoying worship at Iona Abbey, we won’t be writing our own liturgy. In fact, we’re looking forward to the opportunity to soak in someone else’s hard work and refresh our own creativity.

Which means that we need YOU to share your creativity, your words, your ideas, your prayers. Write a summer call to worship? Send it in! Writing an affirmation to go with all those bread passages coming up? Send it in! Creating a prayer of confession that captures the essence of letting the Lord build your house instead of arrogantly assuming you can build the Lord’s? Have a great invitation to offering for those low summer months? Using a new benediction? Send it in!!

This resource works because YOU share your creativity with your colleagues near and far. Whether you wrote it this week or 3 years ago, as long as it’s yours…please send it in! Email to liturgylink@gmail.com and become a published liturgy author, and help your friends at the same time!

Liturgy Link Does Ash Wednesday

Many of you know that LiturgyLink began as an idea tossed around at Unconference and then developed on Twitter…and then funded by the S3 Project at Columbia Seminary (thanks to the Lilly Endowment). Well, the original four liturgylinkers were all together at Columbia last week and we decided we would try to write an Ash Wednesday prayer together.

The first thing you need to know about us is that we all serve in very very different churches, ranging from an urban congregation with 25 people in worship to Southern small-city churches, to a suburban midwestern church with over 200 people in worship. To say we have different contexts and different expectations for this kind of special service would be an understatement. After an hour of discussion (some of it heated) we realized that at least one of us was looking to write a long prayer that could be the backbone of the entire service, another was looking for something about the length of an average Sunday’s prayer of confession. One of us was hoping to focus on the otherness of God, while one wanted to focus on the closeness of God. Etc.

You can see where this is going, right?

We know that everyone who stops by here has a unique worship context–and that means you have something unique to contribute! We hope you use what is useful here, and we hope you’ll offer your creativity, even if that comes in the form of one word, or one phrase that you haven’t developed yet but might spark the imagination of someone else. In that spirit, we offer you what we did manage to put together–a list of phrases and ideas that we didn’t end up putting into one prayer that would work for all of us. But we suspect these phrases will appear in each of our prayers as we finish them up this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

Take these seeds (posted after the break!), add your own in the comments, and let’s see what this might grow into!

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LiturgyLink has moved!

Welcome to the new LiturgyLink! We’re glad you’ve made it over to our new site. All our old content and comments are here, too – and anything missing will soon follow! We have some great ideas for new features and look forward to sharing them in the weeks ahead.

In the meantime, we’re glad you’re here to be a part of this community creating for the relentless return of Sunday. If you’d like regular updates by email of our latest posts, you can subscribe here. (If you were subscribed on the old site, you need to re-subscribe here since we moved web hosting.) We welcome your submissions, too – we are a community creating together, after all! Send your submissions, questions, or suggestions to us at liturgylink@gmail.com, or give us feedback in the comments below.

See you along the way as we create together for Sunday!


It’s almost time for the full roll out of liturgy link! Do you want to be part of our community creating for the relentless return of Sunday?

Beginning Reformation Day (October 31) come to Liturgy Link throughout the week for conversation about the coming Sunday, brainstorming for future seasons and Sundays, and liturgy submissions from you and your colleagues around the world!

Do you write liturgy? Do you love creating communion prayers, children’s sermons, sharing hymn ideas, or finding new ways to call people to worship/confession/prayer? Send it to us and share it with the world! liturgylink@gmail.com. Also follow us on twitter (@liturgylink) and/or like us on facebook for more updates and conversation!

10.31.11 : semper reformanda!

what we’re up to

We seek to inspire the work of the people by designing an online space for creative collaboration and sharing of liturgy.  In turn, this resource will inspire new ideas and equip pastors and congregations for the renewal of common worship. We hope you’ll join us, sharing your original liturgies, your liturgy needs, and your creative ideas.

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