Matthew 6:7-21 [25-34] or Matt 6:25-34, Lilies of the field
Liturgical Color: Green
This text this week is also used in the Revised Common Lectionary so head over to textweek.com for an abundance of resources including Commentary, Images, Weblog, Reflections, and Discussions. We could go on, but you get the point.
Another resource to check out, especially if you need a last-minute Call to Worship, is Ministry Matters.com; sure, you must sign up for a free account, but their Worship Connection and Worship Elements blogs are full of fantastic Prayers, Skits, Litanies, Calls to Worship, and so much more. Again, because this text is found in the RCL, you will have additional resources but be careful; this scripture was used in Lent of 2020 with additional scriptures alongside it, so you’ll want to make sure that it reflects the Matthew 4:1-17 scriptural theme. Don’t forget to cite your source on your bulletin/slide deck. You can find the source information at the bottom of each post.
Looking for a beautiful Prayer of Brokenness/Confession, head over to Rev-o-lution Worship Resources, where Rev. Mindi has penned a beautiful prayer and Call to Worship!
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Spill the Beans from Scotland offers great intergenerational worship resources! Their latest issue includes Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany resources for around $15 and can be downloaded immediately. Wondering if it's worth it? Check out the generous sample from their latest issue.
Rev-o-lution.org by Rev. Mindi, offers weekly commentary, prayers, and additional worship elements.
Narrative Lectionary Facebook Group is hands down worth your time. This private group of church folks using the NL is a wealth of information and a great place to share your questions.
Rev. Erica Van Brakle is a Director of MinistrElife at the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, with years of experience in ministry roles. She is passionate about connecting ministry professionals to collaborate who share a sense of call, and making ministrElife the platform that ministry professionals rely on to do the work that God has called them to.