Worship Resources for LOVE

The Reason for these Resources

As you know, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond issued  its ruling in the marriage equality case, Bostic v. Rainey. And it was a ringing affirmation (by two of the three judges) of the decision originally issued by District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen in February. Marriage is a fundamental right.

So of course there is great rejoicing--even though there also will be no legal marriages at this time. And we encourage you to establish some way for thanksgiving in your worship services.

worship_and_praise.jpgAlso, we fully expect the other side to appeal the verdict  to the U.S. Supreme Court. And clearly we hope that that appeal, long with the appeal from Utah and probably other rulings in the next few months, will lead to a Supreme Court ruling affirming these positive decisions.

So, we also encourage you to help continuing prayers and witness for justice and love. For some, this decision may feel like the work is done, but as people of faith we know there is more to come, including helping those--some of them in our congregations, of course, as well as others in our communities--who do not rejoice and do not yet accept the beauty and divine inspiration of love as it is expressed between two women and two men. 

The resources here are designed to help you and others focus on ways to acknowledge and celebrate the court decision, and to continue offering prayers and energy for future legal action for justice.

Please feel free to pick and choose whatever you think might be helpful. And also, please send us anything you find or develop that you think might help others as we go forward. Please send resources here. We will update this page with resources as we all go forward together. 

 Prayers

Prayer means different things to people--some like formal prayers with set formulations and elegant language, some like spontaneous in-the-moment gratitude and petition prayers, some like litanies for groups, some like poetic language and images, some like silent prayer or meditation. 

We have compiled prayers from a number of traditions. Some of them give thanks, some of them seek to empower us to practice yet more justice, some recount the struggles of others. 

Each is intended not necessarily to be an end in itself so much as a springboard for you and your congregation--or maybe just individuals in the quiet of their own personal moments--to grow in connection with the divine, however you experience and define it. And, we pray, to gain in commitment to and hope for justice for all. 

Click here to see these prayers. 

We encourage you to use what you can, share what you like with others, and also to send us your comments and additions to this page. You can send them to us here

Readings

Some congregations insist that only Scripture--whatever it might be, Torah, New Testament, Qur'an, or other texts--be read in formal worship. Others reject Scripture entirely, and some welcome a mix. 

What is in this section is only a beginning. We know there are many resources that only you, and others, know. We hope you will share yours, and help all of us grow spiritually.

 No tradition has a corner on wisdom, and it really does take all of us working--and praying and

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 meditating, and singing--together to co-create the world we know God--whatev

er name you use or don't (and still know there is more to life than we yet know)--means for us to have and share with everyone else. 

Please find t

he readings

 and litanies here, and please send us more here.
 

Music

For many, it is almost impossible to imagine worship without music--from stately hymns to jazz to drumming to gospel to lively, pulsating rhythms, to quiet meditative melodies, and much else. For others, silence is the heart of it all. 

rainbow_music_notes.jpgAgain, we have very little as we start. But what we have is rich and spiritually rewarding. We hope you will find it helpful. And again we also hope you will forward suggestions, or links, so that we expand these offerings and give people more for their own journey and that of their congregations. 

Find the resources here. 

Send us your additions here.