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WORDS FOR WORSHIP IN A TIME OF WAR

We are grateful to John Bell and the Wild Goose Resource Group of the Iona Community for sharing this resource with us. Below is the introductory text from the first page of the full PDF resource which you can download by clicking the button at the bottom of this page.

 

This liturgy may be used in small or large groups, and also for personal devotions. Parts of the text may be extracted and used on other occasions.

There are a number of prayers and scripture passages, the reading of which can be shared among those attending. There is one occasion when it is suggested that part of a recent news report is read. There is no sermon or homily, but it is suggested that silence should follow each of the readings.

There are four hymns included. The first two are found in CH4 (Church of Scotland Hymnary) and Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise. The third (If the war goes on) can be sung solo or by all, and the music can be found at the end of this liturgy. The last song (A Woman’s Care) may be sung to the tune Rockingham, commonly associated with ‘When I survey the wondrous cross’. The hymns, of course, may be omitted or substituted, but the psalm text (May God draw near) should be retained and is effective as a shared reading.

The Ukrainian Kyrie (Lord/Christ have mercy) is particularly poignant when sung and can be done so very easily before, during or after the liturgy. Sing it on each occasion at least three times: 1) Kyrie Eleison 2) Christe Eleison 3) Kyrie Eleison.

If a copy of any music for the songs is required, email the Wild Goose Resource Group: wildgoose@wildgoose.scot

Depending on the meeting place, sitting in a circle for this liturgy is much preferable to sitting behind each other in pews or seats, especially if leadership is shared. If possible, have a small table in the centre of the space with a lit candle, a cross and an open Bible. If people wish to include a symbolic action, it might be possible to find a map of Ukraine, possibly from a newspaper. After the second prayer, the Kyrie could be sung repeatedly as candles are lit and placed on the map.

Scripture passages apart, all texts are copyright © WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow, Scotland. Permission is given for reproduction and use free of charge. If intended for commercial purposes, please contact wildgoose@wildgoose.scot.

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