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RESOURCES FOR WORSHIP

B D Prewer 2006 

      (revised 2011)

COPYRIGHT

 
The copyright for all these resources is held by Bruce D Prewer. This means no item shall be included in another publication without the authorisation of the author.

 
One big exception: permission is hereby given for this material to be freely copied in a printed weekly orders of worship, or in parish news bulletins. The copyright should be acknowledged (preferably in fine print footnote) and the words “used with permission of the author” included.


SOME KEY DATES

To assist in using the lectionary resources, the following dates may be of assistance.

First Advent:  2009: 29 Nov. 2010: 28 Nov. 2011: 27 Nov.  2012: 2 Dec.   2013:  1 Dec

Ash Wed:      2009: 25 Feb.  2010:17 Feb. 2011: 9 March. 2012: 22. Feb.  2013:13 F eb.

Easter Day: 2009: 12April  2010: 4Apr.   2011:  24 April   2012: 8 April   2013: 31 March    

Pentecost: 2009: 31 May   2010: 23 May  2011: 12 June.  2012: 27 May.  2113: 19 May

 
ABBREVIATE

Some of the following sermons are too long. These sermons are in a pre-preached stage. A number are far too wordy as they stand. Adapt and abbreviate, I beg you.

People’s attention span has been shrinking. Drastically! Big reduction over the last 40 years. Today I reckon 10-15 minutes at the most. One exception: those special events when the listeners are emotionally charged and extra alert. 

Rigorous self discipline is essential. (Ego usually needs some pruning as well.)

My method is to prepare well in advance, then revise and condense, and usually on the day before delivery, I make a final brief outline.

I have appended shorter versions to some of the original attempts.

ADAPT PRAYERS

The liturgies may be tuned for local situations. Prayers may need a local slant, and intercessions updated to embrace recent events. Where geographical references are used, these could be edited to include regional features. To cover copyright, the footnote may run: “adapted with permission of the author.”

These resources are presented in shape appropriate for formal worship. Apologies to those who are looking for material for less formal settings. However, they than can be adapted.

FORMAL AND INFORMAL

These resources are presented in shape appropriate for formal worship. Apologies to those who are looking for material for less formal settings. The writer has considerable experience in informal settings, but preparation for this can only be fruitfully done in conjunction with the fertile minds within a group of lay persons. This material lacks that dimension, and is the poorer for it. It could however, be used as a starting point for such group preparation.

SOME VARIATIONS

The reader will find that at times there may be variations from the Revised Common Lectionary. Some of these may be one denomination’s changes (The Uniting Church in Australia) or the quirk of the writer.

Usually the general theme of the service is related to the Gospel for the day. Poems/reflections also are inspired by the Gospel lesson. However, the sermons are not always solely from the Gospel for the day.

MY ERRORS and DISABILITY

I am grateful to those folk who email me about errors in these writings. I regret to say these will keep occurring.  This material has been a one-person contribution for the people of God. I have always been an ineffectual proof-reader of my own writings. But these days, with the slow, incremental effects of Parkinson’s Disease, with which for some years I have been blessed, both my typing and my concentration are becoming more problematical. Please continue to let me know of any significant bloopers. But be patient, it may be months before the corrections appear on the web page.

OTHER RESOURCES

 From time to time, additional prayers and homilies will be placed on the Web Page. See main page for each link. bruceprewer.com 

KEY DATES FOR FUTURE YEARS

2012

22 February

8 April

27 May

2 December

2013

13 February

31 March

19May

1 December

2014

5 March

20 April

8 June

30 November

2015

18 February

5 April

24 May

29 November

2016

10 February

27 March

15 May

27 November

2017

1 March

16 April

4 June

3 December

2018

14 February

1 April

20 May

2 December

2019

6 March

21 April

9 June

1 December

2020

26 February

12April

31 May

29 November

2021

17 February

4 April

23 May

28 November

2022

2 March

17 April

5 June

27 November

2023

22 February

9 April

28 May

3 December

2024

14 February

31 March

19May

1 December

2025

5 March

20 April

8 June

30 November

2026

18 February

5 April

24 May

29 November

2027

10 February

28 March

16May

28 November

2028

2 March

16 April

4 June

3 December

2029

14 February

1 April

20 May

2 December

2030

6 March

21 April

9 June

1 December

P.S.  RE FINDING THE CORRECT READINGS FOR THOSE “OTHER SUNDAYS OF THE YEAR” WHICH FOLLOW PENTECOST & TRINITY SUNDAY.

After Trinity, move to the end of the year, the 34th Sunday, “Christ the King”. Work backwards, and apply the set readings. (Remember that “Christ the King”— or as some prefer, “The Realm of Christ”— is the climax of the old year, and always precedes Advent 1 of the next church year.)

Arriving at Trinity Sunday, you will find some Sundays may need to be omitted. The actual number of omissions will vary from year to year (just as they vary in the Epiphany season, depending on when Lent commences).

Happy hunting!  BDP

 Year A  Year B  Year C
ADVENT 1 ADVENT 1   (Nov 27-Dec 3) ADVENT 1
ADVENT 2 ADVENT 2 ADVENT 2
ADVENT 3 ADVENT 3 ADVENT 3
ADVENT 4 ADVENT 4 ADVENT 4
CHRISTMAS EVE CHRISTMAS EVE CHRISTMAS EVE
CHRISTMAS DAY CHRISTMAS DAY CHRISTMAS DAY
CHRISTMAS 1 CHRISTMAS 1 FIRST AFTER CHRISTMAS
CHRISTMAS 2 CHRISTMAS 2: 2ND SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
EPIPHANY EPIPHANY   Jan 6 EPIPHANY Jan 6th.
THE BAPTISM OF JESUS BAPTISM OF JESUS    Jan 7-13 BAPTISM OF JESUS Sunday 1, Jan 7-13
EPIPHANY 2 EPIPHANsY 2    Jan 14-20 EPIPHANY 2 Sunday 2, Jan 14-20
EPIPHANY 3 EPIPHANY 3    21-27Jan EPIPHANY 3. Sunday 3, Jan 21-27
EPIPHANY 4: EPIPHANY 4   28 Jan - Feb3 EPIPHANY 4 Sunday 4, Jan 28-Feb 3
EPIPHANY 5 EPIPHANY 5   5-10 Feb EPIPHANY 5. Sunday 5, Feb 4-10
EPIPHANY 6 EPIPHANY 6   11-17 Feb EPIPHANY 6 Sunday 6: Feb 11-17
EPIPHANY 7 EPIPHANY 7    18-24 February EPIPHANY 7 Sunday 7, Feb 18-24
EPIPHANY 8 EPIPHANY 8    Feb 25-29 EPIPHANY 8 Sunday 8, Feb 25-29
TRANSFIGURATION OF JESUS TRANSFIGURATION OF JESUS TRANSFIGURATION OF JESUS
A SERVICE FOR ASH WEDNESDAY ASH WEDNESDAY   ( Between Feb 6 – March 9) ASH WEDNESDAY
LENT 1 LENT 1 LENT 1
LENT 2 LENT 2 LENT 2
LENT 3 LENT 3 LENT 3
LENT 4 LENT 4 LENT 4
LENT 5 LENT 5 LENT 5
PALM/PASSION SUNDAY PALM/PASSION SUNDAY PALM/PASSION SUNDAY
MAUNDY THURSDAY MAUNDY THURSDAY MAUNDY THURSDAY
GOOD FRIDAY GOOD FRIDAY GOOD FRIDAY
EASTER DAY EASTER DAY  (Between March 23 – April 24) EASTER DAY
EASTER 2 EASTER 2 EASTER 2
EASTER 3 EASTER 3 EASTER 3
EASTER 4 EASTER 4 EASTER 4
EASTER 5 EASTER 5 EASTER 5
EASTER 6 EASTER 6 EASTER 6
ASCENSION DAY EASTER 7 ASCENSION DAY
EASTER 7 PENTECOST   (Between May 11- June 11) EASTER 7
PENTECOST TRINITY SUNDAY PENTECOST
TRINITY SUNDAY SUNDAY 9   May 29 – June4 TRINITY SUNDAY
SUNDAY 9 SUNDAY 10   June 5-11 SUNDAY 9 May 29 - June 4
SUNDAY 10 SUNDAY 11    5-11 June SUNDAY 10 June 5-11
SUNDAY 11 SUNDAY 12    19-25 June SUNDAY 11 June 12-18
SUNDAY 12: SUNDAY 13   June 26 – July2 SUNDAY 12 June 19-25
SUNDAY 13 SUNDAY 14    July 3-9 SUNDAY 13 June 26 - July 2
SUNDAY 14 SUNDAY 15    July 10-16 SUNDAY 14 July 3-9
SUNDAY 15 SUNDAY 16    July 17-23 SUNDAY 15 July 10-16
SUNDAY 16 SUNDAY 17    July 24-30 SUNDAY 16 July 17-23 July
SUNDAY 17 SUNDAY 18    July 31-Aug 6 SUNDAY 17 24-30 July
SUNDAY 18 SUNDAY 19   August 7-13 SUNDAY 18 July 31- Aug 6
SUNDAY 19 SUNDAY 20    August 14-20 SUNDAY 19 Aug 7-13
SUNDAY 20 SUNDAY 21   August 21-27 SUNDAY 20 14-20 August
SUNDAY 21 SUNDAY 22    Aug 28 – Sept 3 SUNDAY 21 Aug 21-27
SUNDAY 22 SUNDAY 23    Sept 4-11 SUNDAY 22 Aug 28- Sept 3
SUNDAY 23 SUNDAY 24    Sept 11-17 SUNDAY 23 4-10 Sept
SUNDAY 24 SUNDAY 25    Sept 18-24 SUNDAY 24 11-17 Sept
SUNDAY 25 SUNDAY 26    25 Sept 25 – Oct 1 SUNDAY 25 18-24 Sept
SUNDAY 26 SUNDAY 27     Oct 2-8 SUNDAY 26 Sept 25 - Oct 1
 SUNDAY 27 SUNDAY 28    Oct 9-15  SUNDAY 27 2-8 October
 SUNDAY 28  SUNDAY 29    Oct 16-22  SUNDAY 28 9-15 Oct
 SUNDAY 29  SUNDAY 30    Oct 23-29  SUNDAY 29 16-22 Oct
 SUNDAY 30  SUNDAY 31    Oct 30 – Nov 5  SUNDAY 30 23-29 Oct
 SUNDAY 31 SUNDAY 32    Nov 6-12  SUNDAY 31 October 30 Nov 5
 ALL SAINTS DAY  SUNDAY 33    Nov 13-19  ALL SAINTS: Nov 1st.
  SUNDAY 32  CHRIST KING    Nov 20-26  SUNDAY 32 6-12 November
SUNDAY 33  ee Year C for Dec  SUNDAY 33 13-19 Nov
 CHRIST THE KING    CHRIST/KING 20-26 Nov
 See Year B for Dec    See Year A for Dec

THREE BOOKS BY BRUCE PREWER
    THAT ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
              BY ORDERING ONLINE
    OR FROM YOUR LOCAL CHRISTIAN BOOKSHOP

My Best Mate,  (first edition 2013)

ISBN 978-1-937763-78-7: AUSTRALIA:

ISBN :  978-1-937763-79- 4: USA

Australian Prayers

Third edition May 2014

ISBN   978-1-62880-033-3 Australia

Jesus Our Future

Prayers for the Twenty First Century

 Second Edition May 2014

ISBN 978-1-62880-032-6

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Although this book was written with young people in mind, it has proved to be popular with Christians or seekers of all ages. Through the eyes and ears of a youth named Chip, big questions are raised and wrestled with; faith and doubt,  unanswered  prayers, refugees,  death and grief, racism and bullying, are just a few of the varied topics confronted in these pages. Suitable as a gift to the young, and proven to be helpful when it has been used as a study book for adults.

Australian Prayers has been a valuable prayer resource for over thirty years.  These prayers are suitable for both private and public use and continue to be as fresh and relevant today as ever.  Also, the author encourages users to adapt geographical or historical images to suit local, current situations.

This collection of original, contemporary prayers is anchored firmly in the belief that no matter what the immediate future may hold for us, ultimately Jesus is himself both the goal and the shape of our future.  He is the key certainty towards which the Spirit of God is inexorably leading us in this scientific and high-tech era. Although the first pages of this book were created for the turn of the millennium, the resources in this volume reflect the interests, concerns and needs of our post-modern world.

 

 

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