RESOURCES FOR WORSHIP
© B D Prewer 2006
The copyright for all these resources is held by Bruce D Prewer. This means no item shall be included in another publication without the authorisation of the author.
One big exception: permission is hereby given for this material to be freely copied in a printed weekly orders of worship, or in parish news bulletins. The copyright should be acknowledged (preferably in fine print footnote) and the words “used with permission of the author” included.
Some of the following sermons are too long. These sermons are in a pre-preached stage. A number are far too wordy as they stand. Adapt and abbreviate, I beg you.
People’s attention span has been shrinking. Drastically! Big reduction over the last 40 years. Today I reckon 10-15 minutes at the most. One exception: those special events when the listeners are emotionally charged and extra alert.
Rigorous self discipline is essential. (Ego usually needs some pruning as well.)
My method is to prepare well in advance, then revise and condense, and usually on the day before delivery, I make a final brief outline.
I have appended shorter versions to some of the original attempts.
The liturgies may be tuned for local situations. Prayers may need a local slant, and intercessions updated to embrace recent events. Where geographical references are used, these could be edited to include regional features. To cover copyright, the footnote may run: “adapted with permission of the author.”
These resources are presented in shape appropriate for formal worship. Apologies to those who are looking for material for less formal settings. However, they than can be adapted.FORMAL AND INFORMAL
These resources are presented in shape appropriate for formal worship. Apologies to those who are looking for material for less formal settings. The writer has considerable experience in informal settings, but preparation for this can only be fruitfully done in conjunction with the fertile minds within a group of lay persons. This material lacks that dimension, and is the poorer for it. It could however, be used as a starting point for such group preparation.
The reader will find that at times there may be variations from the Revised Common Lectionary. Some of these may be one denomination’s changes (The Uniting Church in Australia) or the quirk of the writer.
Usually the general theme of the service is related to the Gospel for the day. Poems/reflections also are inspired by the Gospel lesson. However, the sermons are not always solely from the Gospel for the day.
MY ERRORS and DISABILITY
I am grateful to those folk who email me about errors in these writings. I regret to say these will keep occurring. This material has been a one-person contribution for the people of God. I have always been an ineffectual proof-reader of my own writings. But these days, with the slow, incremental effects of Parkinson’s Disease, with which for some years I have been blessed, both my typing and my concentration are becoming more problematical. Please continue to let me know of any significant bloopers. But be patient, it may be months before the corrections appear on the web page.
From time to time, additional prayers and homilies will be placed on the Web Page. See main page for each link. bruceprewer.com
KEY DATES FOR FUTURE YEARS
Year Ash Wednesday Easter Pentecost First Advent
P.S. RE FINDING THE CORRECT READINGS FOR THOSE “OTHER SUNDAYS OF THE YEAR” WHICH FOLLOW PENTECOST & TRINITY SUNDAY.
After Trinity, move to the end of the year, the 34th Sunday, “Christ the King”. Work backwards, and apply the set readings. (Remember that “Christ the King”— or as some prefer, “The Realm of Christ”— is the climax of the old year, and always precedes Advent 1 of the next church year.)
Arriving at Trinity Sunday, you will find some Sundays may need to be omitted. The actual number of omissions will vary from year to year (just as they vary in the Epiphany season, depending on when Lent commences).
Happy hunting! BDP
|Year A||Year B||Year C|
|ADVENT 1||ADVENT 1 (Nov 27-Dec 3)||ADVENT 1|
|ADVENT 2||ADVENT 2||ADVENT 2|
|ADVENT 3||ADVENT 3||ADVENT 3|
|ADVENT 4||ADVENT 4||ADVENT 4|
|CHRISTMAS EVE||CHRISTMAS EVE||CHRISTMAS EVE|
|CHRISTMAS DAY||CHRISTMAS DAY||CHRISTMAS DAY|
|CHRISTMAS 1||CHRISTMAS 1||FIRST AFTER CHRISTMAS|
|CHRISTMAS 2||CHRISTMAS 2:||2ND SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS|
|EPIPHANY||EPIPHANY Jan 6||EPIPHANY Jan 6th.|
|THE BAPTISM OF JESUS||BAPTISM OF JESUS Jan 7-13||BAPTISM OF JESUS Sunday 1, Jan 7-13|
|EPIPHANY 2||EPIPHANsY 2 Jan 14-20||EPIPHANY 2 Sunday 2, Jan 14-20|
|EPIPHANY 3||EPIPHANY 3 21-27Jan||EPIPHANY 3. Sunday 3, Jan 21-27|
|EPIPHANY 4:||EPIPHANY 4 28 Jan - Feb3||EPIPHANY 4 Sunday 4, Jan 28-Feb 3|
|EPIPHANY 5||EPIPHANY 5 5-10 Feb||EPIPHANY 5. Sunday 5, Feb 4-10|
|EPIPHANY 6||EPIPHANY 6 11-17 Feb||EPIPHANY 6 Sunday 6: Feb 11-17|
|EPIPHANY 7||EPIPHANY 7 18-24 February||EPIPHANY 7 Sunday 7, Feb 18-24|
|EPIPHANY 8||EPIPHANY 8 Feb 25-29||EPIPHANY 8 Sunday 8, Feb 25-29|
|TRANSFIGURATION OF JESUS||TRANSFIGURATION OF JESUS||TRANSFIGURATION OF JESUS|
|A SERVICE FOR ASH WEDNESDAY||ASH WEDNESDAY ( Between Feb 6 – March 9)||ASH WEDNESDAY|
|LENT 1||LENT 1||LENT 1|
|LENT 2||LENT 2||LENT 2|
|LENT 3||LENT 3||LENT 3|
|LENT 4||LENT 4||LENT 4|
|LENT 5||LENT 5||LENT 5|
|PALM/PASSION SUNDAY||PALM/PASSION SUNDAY||PALM/PASSION SUNDAY|
|MAUNDY THURSDAY||MAUNDY THURSDAY||MAUNDY THURSDAY|
|GOOD FRIDAY||GOOD FRIDAY||GOOD FRIDAY|
|EASTER DAY||EASTER DAY (Between March 23 – April 24)||EASTER DAY|
|EASTER 2||EASTER 2||EASTER 2|
|EASTER 3||EASTER 3||EASTER 3|
|EASTER 4||EASTER 4||EASTER 4|
|EASTER 5||EASTER 5||EASTER 5|
|EASTER 6||EASTER 6||EASTER 6|
|ASCENSION DAY||EASTER 7||ASCENSION DAY|
|EASTER 7||PENTECOST (Between May 11- June 11)||EASTER 7|
|TRINITY SUNDAY||SUNDAY 9 May 29 – June4||TRINITY SUNDAY|
|SUNDAY 9||SUNDAY 10 June 5-11||SUNDAY 9 May 29 - June 4|
|SUNDAY 10||SUNDAY 11 5-11 June||SUNDAY 10 June 5-11|
|SUNDAY 11||SUNDAY 12 19-25 June||SUNDAY 11 June 12-18|
|SUNDAY 12:||SUNDAY 13 June 26 – July2||SUNDAY 12 June 19-25|
|SUNDAY 13||SUNDAY 14 July 3-9||SUNDAY 13 June 26 - July 2|
|SUNDAY 14||SUNDAY 15 July 10-16||SUNDAY 14 July 3-9|
|SUNDAY 15||SUNDAY 16 July 17-23||SUNDAY 15 July 10-16|
|SUNDAY 16||SUNDAY 17 July 24-30||SUNDAY 16 July 17-23 July|
|SUNDAY 17||SUNDAY 18 July 31-Aug 6||SUNDAY 17 24-30 July|
|SUNDAY 18||SUNDAY 19 August 7-13||SUNDAY 18 July 31- Aug 6|
|SUNDAY 19||SUNDAY 20 August 14-20||SUNDAY 19 Aug 7-13|
|SUNDAY 20||SUNDAY 21 August 21-27||SUNDAY 20 14-20 August|
|SUNDAY 21||SUNDAY 22 Aug 28 – Sept 3||SUNDAY 21 Aug 21-27|
|SUNDAY 22||SUNDAY 23 Sept 4-11||SUNDAY 22 Aug 28- Sept 3|
|SUNDAY 23||SUNDAY 24 Sept 11-17||SUNDAY 23 4-10 Sept|
|SUNDAY 24||SUNDAY 25 Sept 18-24||SUNDAY 24 11-17 Sept|
|SUNDAY 25||SUNDAY 26 25 Sept 25 – Oct 1||SUNDAY 25 18-24 Sept|
|SUNDAY 26||SUNDAY 27 Oct 2-8||SUNDAY 26 Sept 25 - Oct 1|
|SUNDAY 27||SUNDAY 28 Oct 9-15||SUNDAY 27 2-8 October|
|SUNDAY 28||SUNDAY 29 Oct 16-22||SUNDAY 28 9-15 Oct|
|SUNDAY 29||SUNDAY 30 Oct 23-29||SUNDAY 29 16-22 Oct|
|SUNDAY 30||SUNDAY 31 Oct 30 – Nov 5||SUNDAY 30 23-29 Oct|
|SUNDAY 31||SUNDAY 32 Nov 6-12||SUNDAY 31 October 30 Nov 5|
|ALL SAINTS DAY||SUNDAY 33 Nov 13-19||ALL SAINTS: Nov 1st.|
|SUNDAY 32||CHRIST KING Nov 20-26||SUNDAY 32 6-12 November|
|SUNDAY 33||ee Year C for Dec||SUNDAY 33 13-19 Nov|
|CHRIST THE KING||CHRIST/KING 20-26 Nov|
|See Year B for Dec||See Year A for Dec|
THREE BOOKS BY BRUCE PREWER
THAT ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
BY ORDERING ONLINE
OR FROM YOUR LOCAL CHRISTIAN BOOKSHOP
My Best Mate, (first edition 2013)
ISBN 978-1-937763-78-7: AUSTRALIA:
ISBN : 978-1-937763-79- 4: USA
Third edition May 2014
ISBN 978-1-62880-033-3 Australia
Jesus Our Future
Prayers for the Twenty First Century
Second Edition May 2014
Although this book was written with young people in mind, it has proved to be popular with Christians or seekers of all ages. Through the eyes and ears of a youth named Chip, big questions are raised and wrestled with; faith and doubt, unanswered prayers, refugees, death and grief, racism and bullying, are just a few of the varied topics confronted in these pages. Suitable as a gift to the young, and proven to be helpful when it has been used as a study book for adults.
Australian Prayers has been a valuable prayer resource for over thirty years. These prayers are suitable for both private and public use and continue to be as fresh and relevant today as ever. Also, the author encourages users to adapt geographical or historical images to suit local, current situations.
This collection of original, contemporary prayers is anchored firmly in the belief that no matter what the immediate future may hold for us, ultimately Jesus is himself both the goal and the shape of our future. He is the key certainty towards which the Spirit of God is inexorably leading us in this scientific and high-tech era. Although the first pages of this book were created for the turn of the millennium, the resources in this volume reflect the interests, concerns and needs of our post-modern world.