Pentecost materials available (May 26, 2020)
- Communion meditation by General Minister and President Terri Hord Owens | download
- Offering meditation by General Minister and President Terri Hord Owens | download
- Pentecost message from General Minister and President Terri Hord Owens | download | PDF – en español proporcionado por Obra Hispana
Odyssey Impact network offers free video resources based on the Lectionary (May 28, 2020)
Find a worship service near you or across the U.S. and Canada
Bring the world to your congregation!
As we continue to worship with care, there are many ways to bring the world to you congregation!
Global Ministries mission co-workers are available to join you virtually – either live or with pre-recorded presentations:
- to preach in a Sunday service
- to share in gatherings during the week
- to lead a Sunday school classes
Looking for engaging Sunday school ideas? Consider planning four Sundays of live presentations, pre-recorded presentations, or a mixture of both. Have an exciting month of learning about God’s work in the world!
Mission co-workers who have served in places like Kenya, the Dominican Republic, East Timor, and Greece are available.
For questions or to invite someone to share their story, please contact Cathy Nichols.
Components available for download here
If you choose to download the individual portions of the service offered on Dropbox here or from the Easter YouTube playlist, please make sure you attribute the various pieces according to the artist attributions document in the PDF file. We are grateful to these many creators for their gracious gifts of music, word and image and want to acknowledge their work.Sermon transcription | Transcripción de sermones en español
Northern Lights Disciples (our newest region) offers components for an Earth Day service Download here
As additional ideas, prayers and other resources are gathered, they will be posted here. Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
- OneLicense.net webinar: Creative Musical Solutions for Worship
- Music, both printed and recorded, from the late Rev. David Edwards available (please credit composer/author upon use)
- NEWS ALERT: One License granting gratis licenses through April 15
- One License offers gratis license to help cope with corona virus arrangements (March 13, 2020)
- Video: Notes from Chalice Press re: music licensing and more (March 13, 2020)
- 20 Minute Family Worship & Wonder EVERY Sunday at 12:45 pm (EST) Join Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 518 674 137
- Litany: Poverty Admidst Plenty from the Poor People’s Campaign Text | Video
- A collection of prayers for this time by Rev. Lee Hull Moses | link to folder with prayers as separate graphics (March 30, 2020)
- Prayer for this time of COVID-19 by Dr. Valerie Bridgeman of Methodist Theological Seminary of Ohio as shared with Disciples Justice Ministries working group (March 18, 2020)
- Pentecost promotional materials including videos with Spanish, Korean and French subtitles, and giving link
- Third-party online giving platform (used at General Assembly and General Board) Givelify (March 16, 2020)
- One-page FAQ about online giving from the Center for Faith and Giving (March 20, 2020)
- Church Administration or Stewardship of the Body in Trying Economic Times by Rev. Thad Allen, regional minister (March 20, 2020)
- Online giving information from the Center for Faith and Giving (March 11, 2020)
“Broadcasting” via Facebook Live, Zoom and more
- Online communion tips from DisciplesNet online congregation (April 7, 2020)
- Building an inclusive online worship experience by Disciples Alliance Q (April 6, 2020)
- Tips for mitigating chance of disruptions on Zoom meetings (zoombombing) (April 2, 2020)
- Using Zoom for worship (up to 100 people) from Rev. Chris Morton, regional minister
- Ideas for connecting with online visitors collected by the Southwest region
- From the National Council of Churches: During this time of National Emergency due to the COVID-19 virus, the NCC has temporarily revised our permissions policy so that churches that livestream or broadcast their church sermons may use the Revised Standard and New Revised Standard Versions of the Bible without any special permission requirements. (March 20, 2020)
- 14-day free trial of Switcher live stream software
- Short tutorial (text) for simple live stream of worship (provided by the Nebraska region) | Setting up live streaming (provided by the Christian Church in the Southwest) (March 10, 2020) Copyright advice from Chalice Press (March 12, 202020) | 14-day free trial of Switcher live stream software (March 14, 2020)
- Resources for funerals NOTE: links in document are not active (April 7, 2020)
- Holy Week midweek service from the Brim Project (April 6, 2020)
- Refreshing spiritual practices from Disciples Alliance Q – beginning of 8-week series (April 6, 2020)
- Odyssey Impact offers free access to lectionary based videos (March 30, 2020)
- Online worship experience “Fear Not” offered by the Brim Project
Thoughts on worship suspension
By Rev. David Shirey, Central Christian Church, Lexington, KY
Our rationale for these decisions derives from principles grounded in our faith mandate to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves. Simply stated, “In this circumstance, what does love require?”
- Love requires us to protect the vulnerable.
This virus puts the elderly and people with compromised health conditions at special risk. Like me, our congregation’s senior members are motivated by a fervent desire and unwavering commitment to worship God together. I and they will make every effort, regardless of the risk or cost, to be present for worship, feeling guilty if we do not make such an effort. Cancelling corporate worship this Sunday and offering a service available for home viewing safeguards our most vulnerable and relieves the deeply ingrained impetus to worship weekly.
- Love calls for us to seek the common good.
By voluntarily taking a sacrificial action such as cancelling corporate worship, we love our neighbors by doing our part to take an action that we hope will slow down the spread of the virus, thereby preventing as-yet-healthy persons from contracting the virus or making it easier for infected persons who may not yet know of the infection to spread it unknowingly to others.
- Love calls for us to act in solidarity with persons of good will.
Heeding the Kentucky Governor’s request and heeding the best wisdom of public health officials, we join a community-, state-, nation- and worldwide coalition of concerted caring whose cooperative efforts will the well-being of all people.
- Love calls for actions that minimize regret.
If we were to proceed with events or activities that lead to the infection of persons or the unwitting spread of the virus, we would rue the decision to proceed with “business as usual” when we could have chosen otherwise. Though it is debatable whether faith communities cancelling their services this weekend will indeed make a difference for the good, we can proceed with this decision knowing we did not choose to disregard or ignore this call for vigilance and caution.