Thematic Worship Resources

Services of Linking and Unions

The service of linking is based on a service of the word and recognises the freedom and autonomy of linkage. It concludes with a prayer of dedication to love and service which is offered by representatives of the linked congregations and the minister of the new charge.

The service of union expresses the solidarity and security of union in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit and leads to Holy Communion as the ultimate expression of unity in Christ.

Services of Union and Linkage
Ordination 2013 Ordination booklet

Two forms of service for the Ordination and Induction of a Minister of Word and Sacrament have been prepared by the Church of Scotland Liturgical group and are offered here. These forms of service may be used word for word, or used more freely as a guide, or used interchangeably.

Ordination Booklet
Stewardship and Finance - Time

Three former Moderators of the General Assembly kindly agreed to take us on a journey through some of their personal thoughts about the stewardship of time.  They offer us prayers, sermon notes and hymn suggestions, however it is up to the reader to adapt these as he/she sees appropriate.

Stewardship and Finance: Time written by David Arnott Stewardship and Finance: Time written by John Chalmers Stewardship and Finance: Time written by John Christie
Stewardship and Finance - Money

Four former Moderators of the General Assembly kindly agreed to take us on a journey through some of their personal thoughts about the stewardship of money. They offer us prayers, sermon notes and hymn suggestions. These worship notes are offered in the prayerful hope that they might help worship leaders to tackle the sometimes prickly theme of "money" during worship.

 

Stewardship and Finance: Money written by David Arnott Stewardship and Finance: Money written by Albert Bogle Stewardship and Finance: Money written by Lorna Hood Stewardship and Finance: Money written by Finlay Macdonald

Mission Forum

The Mission Forum was formed after the establishment of the Mission & Discipleship Council. This was previously an internal forum within the Council to explore the understanding of mission in order to document the mission activities already taking place within the Church of Scotland, and to explore the lessons that could be learnt from such projects for the benefit of the Council and the wider church.

In 2012 the Forum was re-formed to be an inter-council group that sought to bring a richer understanding of mission given from the different insights of the various areas of the Church of Scotland. The remit remains the same: to hold mission before the Church of Scotland in order that the Church may make decisions that reflect the priority of mission within its vision and calling.

Currently, the key terms that capture the activity of the Mission Forum is collaborate, conversation and create.

Collaborate

The Mission Forum brings together representatives from different Councils and Committees of the Church of Scotland to enable the breadth of Mission to be considered so that the whole church can engage in mission. The Forum consists of representatives from: Mission and Discipleship; Council of assembly , Church and Society; Ministries; World Mission; CrossReach; Panel on Review and Reform; The Committee on Ecumenical Relations; plus agencies outside of the Church of Scotland.

Conversation

The Mission Forum explores a mission topic by entering into a conversation with one another and other agencies to ensure each of us can understand the different perspectives held by those who put mission into practice. We recently asked, “How are we to enable mission with older people, for older people and to older people?

Create

The Mission Forum has created a Mission and Older People Study guide  resource for the Church of Scotland. The purpose of this resource is to enable members, kirk sessions and presbyteries to run awareness raising evenings and help local pastoral groups, Guilds or those working with CrossReach to explore the topic further.

Discussions and resources can be explored by clicking on the topics below.

Our Call to Mission in a Changing World

The Mission Forum offer their thoughts on 'our call to mission in a changing world'.

Our Call to Mission in a Changing World
The Breadth of Our Mission

The Mission Forum offer their thoughts on 'the breadth of our mission'.

The Breadth of our Mission
Mission is About Good News

The Mission Forum offer their thoughts on 'mission is about good news'.

Mission is about Good News
Mission is an Adventure

The Mission Forum offers their thoughts on 'mission is an adventure'.

Mission is an Adventure