Need a Sunday off? Need a creative idea instead of a sermon?

For Labor Day, I’ve designed a Prayer and Reflection service. I have printed the scriptures listed below as an insert in the bulletin, and I will hand out colored pencils. We will read the scripture out loud and invite the congregation to underline, circle, or color the words that stand out to them. We will then have a minute of quiet reflection, and then sing the hymn in response. During the reflection and singing, the congregation can still color, or listen to the words, or pray as they feel wish.

A Time of Scripture, Reflection, and Song

Prayers for Perseverance
Scripture: Psalm 27
Prayer and Reflection
Hymn: Just As I Am

Prayers for Hope
Scripture: Psalm 42
Prayer and Reflection
Hymn: As The Deer

Prayers for God’s Creation
Scripture: Psalm 24
Prayer and Reflection
Hymn: This Is My Father’s World

Prayers of Assurance
Scripture: Psalm 121
Prayer and Reflection
Hymn: Our God Reigns

Prayers of Blessing
Scripture: Psalm 67
Prayer and Reflection
Hymn: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Reflection on Communion (choose whatever Communion scripture you’d like to read, or whatever words you’d like to share)
Hymn: In Remembrance

Communion

Benediction

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