GOD AND HER GIRLS (BKLT)

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WGRG liturgy booklet 11

A celebration of the giftedness of forgotten women

God And Her Girls is the eleventh in the series of WGRG Liturgy Booklets. It contains a full liturgy which both identifies and celebrates the crucial contribution of female Biblical characters who are often overlooked.

First intended for broadcast on BBC Radio, the liturgy has been subsequently used in Canada, on Iona, in Glasgow and at Greenbelt Festival.

The roots of the liturgy are in the disdain once rashly demonstrated in the inability of a male-dominated church assembly to accept the fruits of a Bible Study about the nature of God. But other antagonisms have also hastened its appearance, including the perception still encountered in some churches that the women of the Bible are either whores or virgins with little in between.

God And Her Girls lays claim, in song, prayer and symbolic action, to the historical witness and continuing contribution of God’s female friends in their magnificent, inspiring diversity.

 

 

(2010)

48 pages.

ISBN 9781909469105

 

 

Contents

Foreword
a) Pattern of worship
b) Space & layout
c) Leadership
d) Suitable music

GOD AND HER GIRLS: Leaders’ version

GOD AND HER GIRLS: Congregational version

Appendix A: Songs

Appendix B: Copyright/ Sources

Order of worship

GATHERING

Chant: MAGNIFICAT (Lansdowne)

Greeting

Opening responses: (read responsively) Male and female, God made us…

Song: SING FOR GOD’S GLORY

Prayer A: You, Creator God, have embodied us…

ENGAGING

Link

Words approved by God: (scriptural reading of texts from the Psalms, Isaiah and Luke; during which the chant, AS THE EYES OF A SERVANT, is sung)

Link

Song: MOTHERING  GOD

The story of Rizpah: (monologue)

Song: LOVE IS THE TOUCH

RESPONDING

Remembrance of women: (A litany recalling 12 biblical women called by God, but often forgotten by men; during which the chant, MAGNIFICAT, is sung)

In praise of Godly women: (An optional symbolic action. The chant, ALLELUIA is sung, and during this the congregation may light a votive candle from one of 12 large candles)

Silence

Prayer B: (Including the Lord’s Prayer) Thank you, gracious God, that in the magnificence of your kindness…

Song: WOMEN AND MEN AS GOD INTENDED or TELL OUT MY SOUL

Closing responses: In Christ there is neither male nor female…

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