SPARE CHANGE & GILT-EDGED GRACE (BKLT)

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Wild Goose Resource Group

WGRG  liturgy booklet 12

A liturgy explaining the relationship between faith and wealth

In an age when churches spend an inordinate amount of time discussing buildings and sexuality (about which the Bible says comparatively little) the ‘weightier matters’ of money and justice are given scant attention. There seems to be something tainted about money which prohibits it being openly and constructively dealt with in preaching or the song of the church. And yet, ironically, recent years have shown throughout the Western world that while money might not be the root of all evil, its mismanagement has caused untold misery.

This liturgy seeks to engage people with the biblical and contemporary issues in an accessible way. It may enable the beginning of the kind of honest conversation about the subject which is dearly needed in Christian communities which represent the most materialistic of faiths since, in Christ’s incarnation, God makes it clear that matter matters.

Spare Change And Gilt-Edged Grace is the twelfth in the series of WGRG Liturgy Booklets. It contains a full liturgy, in both Leaders’ and Congregational versions.

(2012)

48 pages

ISBN: 9781909469112

 

Sample (of Congregational version, pp 35-42) click here.

 

Contents

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

The Questionnaire
SPARE CHANGE & GILT-EDGED GRACE: Leaders’ version

SPARE CHANGE & GILT-EDGED GRACE: Congregational version

Appendix A: Songs

Appendix B: Copyright & Sources

 

Order of worship

GATHERING

Opening responses: (responding as appropriate)

Song: ALLELUIA! RAISE THE GOSPEL (Farrell)

Revelation: (Here the correct answers to the Questionnaire are revealed)

ENGAGING

Two dissonant readings regarding money:(We hear some words from the books of James and Ecclesiastes, before and after which we sing the chant below.)

Chant: WE WILL TAKE WHAT YOU OFFER

Conversation (1): Do you feel that you know enough about the economy…?

Chant: WE WILL TAKE WHAT YOU OFFER (Reprise)

At the door of the church: (Script/ a casual encounter with Tom & Jack)

Conversation (2): Those who deal with money are repeatedly rewarded with bonuses…?

Song: DO NOT BE VEXED (Psalm 37)

Conversation (3): Given the abundance of verses in the Bible about money, why…?

RESPONDING

Meditation… with a coin

Chant: ALLELUIA (Greenbelt10)

Silence

Closing song: HEAVEN ON EARTH

Closing litany: The Gospel is not…

 

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