Worship, Liturgy, and Scripture

 

Worship

 

  • Deepening and Expanding Online Worship: Living into your commitment to welcome during COVID-19
    A one-pager designed to help you find creative in intentional ways to share your welcome, inclusion, and celebration of people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expression during your online worship. During these unprecedented times, now more than ever, it is important to create an inclusive worship space for your lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual/aromantic (LGBTQIA+) siblings in Christ.
  • Deepening & Expanding Worship: A Worship Planning Supplement
    A highly requested resource, to supplement worship planning for a more inclusive service. Compiled from the 2017 - 2020 Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Sunday Resources, ReconcilingWorks has gathered Prayers of the People, Hymn and Reading Suggestions, Children's Message topics, and much more. To better welcome, include, and celebrate your LGBTQIA+ siblings in worship settings, we hope that you will use these suggestions in your planning, and help spark creativity in cultivating a space that truly welcomes ALL.

Liturgy

  • "An LGBTQIA+ Stations of the Cross Lenten Journey" 2021 Devotional by ReconcilingWorks
    This resource is intended to be a way to live into knowing how God has gone before us. It is up to us, as the hands and feet of the Divine, to allow our hearts and minds to be transformed and in so doing, we transform the world as it is in this moment into a place where all are truly welcome and celebrated. Just as God has already gone before us to prepare the place, as we walk through the journey of Lent toward Holy Week, let us be reminded that the experience of faith, hope, and love, lived out in our everyday lives, is not only the promise God has made to us, but the promise we make to one another as we live into, celebrate, and become our most authentic selves.

    • Name Blessing Liturgy

    • This is a beautiful resource to celebrate and bless the recognition of a person's chosen/forever name. This liturgy was created for the celebration and blessing of Rebekah Bruesehoff.
  • ELCA Marriage Resource
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, in 2016, published supplemental resources to use with the ELW Marriage Service. According to Bishop Kevin Strickland, these resources offer more inclusivity in language, pastoral care, and openness for all persons who seek to be married within this church.
  • Liturgy of Welcome
    A liturgy service celebrating the inclusiveness of God's love and grace, created by Kenny Callaghan for the 2016 ReconcilingWorks RIC Sunday Service

Scripture

  • Reconciling Scripture for Lutherans: On Sexuality & Gender Identity
    A short commentary which takes into account biblical integrity and knowledge, key Lutheran interpretative lenses, and the diverse experiences of the LGBTQ+community.Written by Rev. Emmy Kegler and Austen Hartke, this commentary addresses eight of the so-called “clobber passages” used to exclude LGBTQ+ people from the body of Christ, and finishes with eight Bible passages that offer inclusive and expansive understandings of the nature of God’s welcome. Our hope is that these interpretations, based in scripture, tradition, and reason, may lead to a deeper understanding of our LGBTQ+ siblings in Christ and continued acts of reconciliation within God’s family.
  • Out in Scripture
    "Out in Scripture" - by the Human Rights Campaign "Out In Scripture is a collection of over 175 conversations about the Bible. With the skilled help of 100 diverse scholars and pastors, from over 11 different denominations, you will discover a fresh approach to Scripture. Here you can be honest, question, and go deeper."