Published: 04 January 2010
National Worship Officer, Revd Peter Moger, has compiled suggestions for a Special Service of Celebration for use with A Service of the Word that can be used on Valentine's Day, Sunday 14 February 2010.
These resources can also be used to celebrate marriage at any time.
Liturgical resources (designed for use with either A Service of the Word or Holy Communion Order One) include Greetings, Calls to Worship, Kyrie, Confession, Collects and Intercessions.
There is a choice of themed readings too, as within the suggestions he notes: “Although many churches will wish to use the Lectionary readings for their main services on this day, the Sunday Next before Lent falls outside the period when readings from an authorised lectionary must be used. There is therefore scope to use themed readings on 14 February 2010.”
Recommended readings include: Psalm 145:1-8, I Corinthians 13, and John 15:9-17.
The resources are recommended by the Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Stephen Platten, chair of the Liturgical Commission.
Revd Rhiannon Jones of Ely Diocese is one vicar who has organised some wonderful, worshipful themed services in the past: “Valentine's Day 2010 provides an excellent opportunity for churches to focus on supporting marriage. One of the things we've done before is to invite all those who were married in the church for the last 20 years. We sent beautiful personal invitations and encouraged couples to bring friends and family. The church was almost full. One woman iced a wedding cake for us, another brought champagne. We sang popular wedding favourites and the bell ringers came to help us celebrate. We gave everyone who came a chance to give thanks for their marriage in a short service surrounded by family and friends and many renewed their vows. It was a beautiful celebration.”
The resources are available here.
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