This page contains helpful links for those who are involved in the preparation of worship, particularly for the Contemporary Service. We are using the Narrative Lectionary for our cycle of Bible readings over four years. For those who are members of the church’s Narrative Lectionary shared dropbox, those resources can be accessed here (only available by logging in to dropbox).
More generally, for those who are helping to plan worship, the following sites might help:
www.biblegateway.com – This is a useful link for bible readings in different versions.
worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com.au – Wonderful resources for worship with children, by Carolyn Brown, with a Scripture index which can be very useful.
www.sermons4kids.com – This website is a useful tool for worship planning – particularly around childrens activities.
www.thebricktestament.com – This website has most of the Biblical stories done in lego. From Genesis to the teachings of Jesus, they are presented by lego and the story is listed as well. Worth a good look.
www.australianscreen.com.au – Access to short clips from most Australian movies. You can type in a particular movie to find a particular clip, you can look up a theme. They are down loadable in different formats.
www.togethertocelebrate.com.au – David MacGregor is a well known UCA songwritier in Queensland. We sing a few of his songs from time to time. He gives lectionary based suggestions for worship.
www.hollywoodjesus.com – A resource which helps identify useful film clips and complete films (both current and past) that can have some relevance to our understanding of faith. Check it out and see what they say about the new film – Horton Hears a Who.
www.laughingbird.net/WeeklyArchives.html – We have found this site useful as the readings are written in more modern down to earth language.
www.sermons4kids.com/hmartin.htm – This site has cartoon type pictures for some bible stories.
www.textweek.com – This has lectionary resources – lots of links to different sites, movie suggestions that fit with the theme, etc
www.home.alphalink.com.au/~nigel/index.htm – This is Bruce Prewer’s home page. He is a Uniting Church minister (retired) and has written books of prayers/poems. On this site you may find some of these linked to the lectionary readings.
www.vineresources.com – For those that do a teaching series from time to time and like free stuff. They have packaged a whole lot of their series graphics – including PowerPoint backgrounds, video loops, title image files – even countdowns, bumpers, and Photoshop files – and have made them available for download. Most themes are simple and based around only a word or two, such as ‘Dirty Laundry’, ‘Wake Up’, or ‘Connect’.
A great list of advent resources courtesy of Riverina Presytery.
Worship Song list (Very out of date – sorry – we’ll try to update it soon)