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For all Generations: Prayer and Song for the Seasons of Life

Being intentionally intergenerational in worship can sound like an overwhelming task. Indeed, it does require some time and effort. As a place to start, consider planning a service that celebrates each generation and the particular gifts it brings to the body of Christ. Doing so may jumpstart your thinking about how to draw in all generations on a more regular basis. Following are two resources that could be used in such a service.

Litany of Thanksgiving for the Seasons of Life

Called to Carry the Light: A Litany of Passing Good News from One Generation to the Next

This litany was originally adapted from the Wellspring Worship Group, based in the north of England, by Christine Jerrett and Susan Woodhouse for use in conjunction with the “Family Tree” service described in RW 75 (p. 20). It is suitable for any service that focuses on passing the faith from one generation to the next, such as All Saints’ Day or a profession of faith. The image of light also fits well with a service on evangelism, mission, or serving.

When Hearts Are Troubled: A service embracing those who grieve during holidays

Sometimes God uses things like this to strengthen the whole church,” Ruth said to me, shortly after my father died.

For All the Saints: A service using sixteenth-century reformation practices

This order of service was prepared for Reformation Sunday 2003 at First Presbyterian Church, Royal Oak, Michigan. It includes several liturgical elements from the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century, including contributions from Luther in Germany, Bucer in Strassbourg, Calvin in Geneva, Zwingli in Zurich, Knox in Scotland, and from the English Reformation. The songs include a psalm, canticle, and hymns from these traditions; they can be found in the Presbyterian Hymnal as well as in many other hymnals.

Call to Worship

Treasure Hunt: A service modeling youth leadership development

We can never find enough musicians for our worship band or enough leaders for our worship committee.”

“Our church is dying. Once the kids turn sixteen or seventeen they leave the church and never come back.”

Comments like these represent two major crises in churches across the country, in both urban and suburban contexts: