Resources for Worship and Vocation


Isaac Wardell (Trinity Pres & Bifrost Arts), Laura Fanucci (Collegeville Inst.) and I hosted a workshop at this years calvin worship symposium entitled “Here Are My Hands: A Practical Workshop on Affirming Vocation in Weekly Worship Practices.” 

Below are some of the resources that were shared during our time. It’s a rambling collection but full of gems!



[] A yearly “Vocation” Sunday – could be labor day, or a sunday in Lent that looks at the life of Jesus.
[] Article from Willow Creek’s “The Practice” on Vocation.
[] Great list of resources (prayers/songs) from “
[] A simple service for ordination to daily work from ^^.
[] Include vocation topics in Sunday “Prayers of the People.”
[] Invite your congregation to write prayers they would like the pastoral staff to pray for them in their vocational lives (think broadly – from students, to moms, to recent retirees)
[] MUSIC – check your hymnal tags!
[] Laura Fanucci – small group curriculum on vocation.
[] “To Bless Our Callings” – new book of hymns and prayers on vocation by Laura Fanucci
[] Prayer – the BCP has many excellent collects related to themes of vocation. More contemporary collects HERE.
[] Worship and Work resources from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.
[] “Work in Worship” is a 252-page, comprehensive treasury of prayers, readings, hymns ancient and modern, orders of service and ideas for preaching about work. Originally written by Cameron Butland.
[] Create a map in your narthex where people can pin where they work. Gives a sense of a communities geography, and as Eugene Peterson says – all theology is rooted in geography.
[] Create a series where individuals from various vocations share how they struggle to live our their faiths.
[] Create a visual installation of photos people have taken of their work lives.
[] Create a “Christ in the City” series for summers – where various parishioners share their work and how they live out their faith in it.


  • Disparaging certain vocations in our communication and preaching
  • In our ministry updates only including ‘vocational’ ministries.
  • Using language of ‘leave your weekly baggage” at the door of the sanctuary.


  • Commission and celebrate vocational fruitfulness at every life stage – baptisms/parenting, graduations, retirement, funerals, etc.
  • Value the anxiety of parishioners between jobs and vocational stability.


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Congregations are the best places for God’s people to be inspired and equipped to live out their callings each day. In the congregation people can be led to find their center in God, as revealed in Jesus Christ. At its best, the congregation can then offer us a safe place in which we can talk about the brokenness, fragmentation, and challenges of our daily lives, and where we can explore how to live our faith in every arena of our lives. 

—Jack Fortin, The Centered 

A Hymn of Calling (Laura Fanucci)
(Tune: The Church’s One Foundation)
For all that we are called to,
God, we give thanks this day.
For people, partners, places,
at home, at work, at play.
You gift us for our calls as
you make the world’s needs known.
Bless us with strength and courage
to serve where we are shown.For those who need our work, God,
the ones that we’re called for.
We strive each day to serve them,
to give and love them more.
Vocation is for others,
lives given in exchange—
the good of all your children,
our common hopes and dreams.For all that we are called from,
transitions we must face.
When journeys end or change course,
and we must turn away.
The old and new both challenge;
we question though you guide.
Be with us through our leaving,
lead to the other side.

The people we are called as,
diverse and none the same.
Created for vocation,
baptized and called by name.
To witness as disciples,
our universal call
Yet each uniquely serving
the God who cares for all.

To You, God, we sing praises,
the One who calls each one.
Transforming and inviting,
you call and we respond.
Creator and Redeemer,
the Spirit’s stirring song—
Your Trinity uniting
to call our whole life long.

© Text: Laura Kelly Fanucci (For permission to reprint “A Hymn of
Calling,” please contact Laura Kelly Fanucci at

24. For Vocation in Daily Work

Selections from The Book of Common Prayer:
(from The Collects: Contemporary, Various Occasions)

Almighty God our heavenly Father, you declare your glory and show forth your handiwork in the heavens and in the earth: Deliver us in our various occupations from the service of self alone, that we may do the work you give us to do in truth and beauty and for the common good; for the sake of him who came among us as one who serves, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect for Work – Steven Garber

God of heaven and earth, you promise to make your blessings known as far as the curse is found. We pray for that, and we live for that. In our vocations and occupations, give us the wisdom and grace and skill to keep on keeping on, that the work of our hands will be integral to that blessing in the worlds of business and banking, politics and the arts, education and the law, health care and international development, at home and all over the world– as far as the curse is found. Amen and amen.

Calvin Worship Symposium 2017

Hope College Worship was invited to lead a service again at this years Worship Symposium. The theme for services this year was the book of Revelation. We planned a service that was inspired by Revelation 4-5.

You can watch the whole service HERE.

You can download this years Worship Symposium program catalog HERE.


Prelude: O Lord, You Are My Light  (Jess Alldredge)

God’s Greeting and Call to Worship
inspired by Revelation 1:4–8

Before the Throne of God Above (Charitie Lees DeCheney Bancroft, Vikki Cook)

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty (traditional)


Confession (Rev.Lauren Taylor)

Sanctus (Bethany Brooks)

Assurance (Rev.Lauren Taylor)

All Things New (Green Carpet Players)

Litany Prayer: “Thou Who Wast Center
(Christina Rossetti, based on Revelation 5)

Jesus at the Center (Israel Houghton)
recording forthcoming…


Prayer for Illumination Revelation 4 and 5
Message: “The Mountains Are Out” (Trygve Johnson)

Revelation Song/Digno y santo (Jennie Lee Riddle)

Prayers of the People (Rev. James Ellis III)

The Lamb Has Overcome (Luke Morton)


Valediction (from Revelation 22)
Behold, Jesus is coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of this book.
Behold! Jesus is coming soon to judge the earth with righteousness and truth.
He is the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.”
And let the one who hears say, “Come,” and let the one who is thirsty come;
let the one who desires take the water of life without price.
Jesus is coming soon. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!


Planning for Christ the King Sunday 2016

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Well, that’s awkward…having already posted about Advent I’m now backtracking to include some resources for Christ the King Sunday – the sunday before Advent starts (Nov 20).

The Worship Sourcebook says of Christ the King Sunday:

“Christ the King Sunday focuses our worship on the cosmic character of Christ’s reign over the world. It is a proclamation to all that everything in creation and culture must submit to Christ and an invitation to actively and joyfully submit to his rule.”

Well..that just seems like a word that we need to hear right now. So here are some resources to check out for those of you that riff off of this theme/service in your worship planning.


The Liturgy Letter – Christ the King Sunday
Service Focused around Psalm 11 and the Life of Christ – CICW
A Festival of Scripture and Song for CTK Sunday – RW
Songs and Suggestions from Global Worship Blog
Christ the King NOW – Article in Reformed Worship
Other Resources for Christ the King Sunday – CICW


Rejoice the Lord is King – Park Church Denver
Now to the King (1 Tim) – Wen Reagan
Jesus Lord Ascend Thy Throne – Jered McKenna
Forever Blessed be the Lord (Ps144) – Kingsborough Hymns
Rejoice the Lord is King – Christ Community Moody
The King Shall Come – Coram Deo Music
Come People of the Risen King – Stuart Townend
All Hail Christ – Hope College Worship
Justice Will Roll Down – Sandra McCracken
The Lord is King – Nathan Partain
None But Thee – Young Oceans
Come and Worship Christ the King – Resound Worship

Text: Why Should the Children of a King (Isaac Watts)

Traditional Hymns on this Theme:

Prayer – Holy Spirit as Water

modern-blue-banner-doveAt Hope this year we’ve been writing prayers exploring the various images and metaphors of the Holy Spirit in Scripture.  A few weeks ago I was up for writing a prayer exploring the scriptural image of the Holy Spirit as water.  Here is a good article from John Piper with pastoral thoughts on what it means to pray directly to the Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit,

Come Thou fount of every blessing.
Come Thou hurricane of Christ’s presence
Come Thou holy perspiration, and upwell life into our needy hearts tonight

The Word tells us that as you hovered over
the chaotic waters of creation,
So you also hovered over the waters of Christ’s baptism.
So come now and hover over the new creation of your church.

We are full of chaos and uncleanness.
But our desire for you sounds the deep and waters the mountain peaks.
Our souls, dry and dusty as they are – need your gentle rains and your flash floods.
So come and wash over us now with the perfect blood of Jesus –
and cleanse us of every doubt, every sin, every shame,
every bit of darkness.
And grow in us the fruits of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

O Remembrancer Divine,
Remind us in this Resurrection season that we are a people created
from the waters of baptism.
Only as we die and rise with Christ can we truly live.

May you be for us now, Holy Spirit,
a spring whose water never fails, whose location is never lost, whose gentle presence is never disdained.

May this gathering here tonight – this little tributary of the mighty oceans of your people…be a river whose streams make glad the city of God.

In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

– Bruce Benedict, March 2015

Prayer to the Holy Spirit as Breath

As part of our series through the book of acts at Hope College a few of my colleagues are writing prayers meditating on the various images of the Holy Spirit in scripture.  Here is my prayer based on the image of the Holy Spirit as Breath, Wind, and Life.

Acts 2:1-2 (ESV)

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.

Holy Spirit,
Holy Breather,
moving this way and that
invisible to our broken, adamic eyes.
Come Breathe on us.
Come breathe and lift and swirl and fill
Perforate our lives with your holy breathe and
enliven these cold forsaken bones
…winnow away death that life might spring up.
Wind of God,
blow far from us
all dark despair, all deep distress, all groundless fears,
all sinful desires, all Satan’s snares, all false values,
all selfish wants, all wasteful worries.

Breath of God,
Blow into us your holy presence,
your new creation, your living love, your healing touch,
your unearthly courage, your mighty strength,
your perfect peace, your boundless concern
your divine grace, your neverending joy.
Wind of God, blow strong, blow fresh, blow on us now.
In the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit. Amen.
adapted from a prayer in the Worship Sourcebook, page700, 2nd Ed.

Resources for a Series in the Book of Acts

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Hope College has been worshipping their way through the book of Acts this year and I’ve been collecting and curating resources to support and encourage our journey. Many of these resources, especially music, is geared specifically towards my current context but I’ve also found some liturgical gems as well.  Especially powerful have been the prayers we’ve been writing around the major scriptural metaphors of the Holy Spirit.

Our staff read John Stott’s illuminating little book Baptism And Fullness: The Work of the Holy Spirit Today to begin the year.

Our Song List:

Holy Spirit – Jesus Culture
Light a Fire – The Royal Royals
Spirit Break Out – Worship Central
Let the Spirit of the Lord Come Down – Nigerian Traditional
Breathe – The Brilliance
Come Holy Ghost – Bruce Benedict

Prayers to/for the Spirit

A Prayer to the Holy Spirit (St. Augustine)

Breathe in me O Holy Spirit
that my thoughts may all be holy;
Act in me O Holy Spirit
that my works, too, may be holy;
Draw my heart O Holy Spirit
that I love but what is holy;
Strengthen me O Holy Spirit
to defend that is holy;
Guard me then O Holy Spirit
that I always may be holy.


Holy Spirit as Dove – Grace Claus
Holy Spirit as Breathe/Wind – Bruce Benedict
Holy Spirit as Re:Creator – Grace Claus
Holy Spirit as Fire – Trygve Johnson
Holy Spirit as Water – Bruce Benedict
Holy Spirit as Tongues – Grace Claus

Prayer of an Artist – David Taylor

Liturgy and the Holy Spirit

Confession (worship sourcebook)

Spirit of the Living God,
All nations, tribes, and tongues belong to you.
All glory, honor, and praise are due your name.
Therefore, we confess that we have been a divided people—
Mother from child, Brother from sister, And neighbor from friend.
Have mercy on us and send your power upon the church,
That we may know, once more, that you have
Baptized us in one baptism, one faith, one Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Tear down the walls of hatred and the towers of sin in our lives.
May your Spirit descend upon our lives and make us holy and one.
In the name of your son, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Epiclesis – Prayer of Richard Baxter

Collect – Prayers for Pentecost

Collected Prayers for the Feast of Pentecost

“O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.”
– Saint Augustine

A Prayer to the Holy Spirit – St. Augustine

Here are some prayers attributed to St. Augustine [LINK]

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Breathe in me O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.


Holy Spirit, powerful Consoler, sacred Bond of the Father and the Son, Hope of the afflicted, descend into my heart and establish in it your loving dominion. Enkindle in my tepid soul the fire of your Love so that I may be wholly subject to you. We believe that when you dwell in us, you also prepare a dwelling for the Father and the Son. Deign, therefore, to come to me, Consoler of abandoned souls, and Protector of the needy. Help the afflicted, strengthen the weak, and support the wavering. Come and purify me. Let no evil desire take possession of me. You love the humble and resist the proud. Come to me, glory of the living, and hope of the dying. Lead me by your grace that I may always be pleasing to you. Amen.

Incarnation Album – Hymn Geekery

Here is our page of notes on the songs and hymns from our latest compilation for those of you who enjoy this kind of geekery.

All Praise to Thee, Eternal Lord
Translation of an 11th century Latin sequence (a sequence is chant or hymn sung or recited during the liturgical celebration of the Eucharist, before the proclamation of the Gospel) The first German stanza appeared in 1370. Luther added six stanzas to it in 1523 and then published it for the Christmas service that year, making this the first Christmas
hymn of the Reformation. This hymn was used by Bach in his Choral Cantata for
Christmas Day.

Canticle of the Turning
Inspired by Mary’s Magnificat catholic musician Rory Cooney penned these words in
1990 and paired them with a traditional Irish tune Star of County Down. Here the
tune is arranged by Richard Kentopp of The Gentle Wolves for Servant Church in Austin, TX
Christmas Must Be Tonight by “The Band”

Christmas Must Be Tonight is an out-take from Northern Lights, Southern Cross, subsequently included on The Bands album ‘Islands.’ The song, written by Robertson after the birth of his son, Sebastian, was originally intended to have been a Christmas single in December 1975. It eventually went on to become a christmas season hit single for the group “The Band.” Here Jeff Crawford and Brett Harris, from Durham, NC church The Gathering, present us with their take.

Come See a Child of Low Estate
Two versions of this text are on the album written by the Rev. W. D. Springett in the
1890’s. One version by Zac Hicks (Coral Ridge Presbyterian) in a Techo-Praise style, and
one from City Hymns musician Karl Digerness (City Church, San Fran) in a simple
folk.jazz style. A wonderful look into how music can elucidate a text in a myriad of ways.

Come Thou Almighty King
The anonymous text dates from before 1757, when it was published in a leaflet and
bound into the 1757 edition of George Whitefield’s Collection of Hymns for Social
Worship. The text appears to be patterned after the British national anthem, “God Save
the King.” Filled with names for members of the Godhead, this song exhibits a common
trinitarian structure, addressing God the Father (st. 1), God the Son (st. 2), and God the
Holy Spirit (st. 3), concluding with a doxology to the Trinity (st. 4). Here featured with
original music by Luke Morton, the current worship pastor at Green Lake Presbyterian
Church in Seattle, WA.
Emmanuel (God with Us)

Music and Lyrics by Marty Reardon at Trinity Anglican Mission in Atlanta, GA and
released on their collection of Advent/Xmas songs in 2011.

Hark a Burst of Heav’nly Music
Words by a Mrs. M. N. Meigs largely in use with Sunday School collections in the late
1800’s. Music by Jered McKenna, music minister at Mitchell Road Presbyterian
Church, Greenville, SC.

Hark What Music Fills the Sky
Text by English poet Elizabeth Wiglesworth best known for her publications of hymns
addressed to children. Music by Craig Harris, worship pastor at Sun Valley Church in
Yakima, WA.

I Wonder As I Wander
Originally recorded and transcribed by folklorist John Jacob Niles outside of Asheville,
NC. This arrangement written and recorded by Bruce Benedict and the Hope College
Chapel Band.

In the Bleak Midwinter
Originally pushed as simply “A Christmas Carol.” Later titled “In the bleak midwinter”
after the opening line and published as a hymn in the English Hymnal in 1906. The only
tune to which the complete hymn is sung is CRANHAM by well-known English
composer, Gustav Holst, who composed it for this text. Here arranged and recorded by
Seattle, WA area collective Coastland Commons (Kyle Turver and co).

In The Night A Heavenly Song Came Down
Harcourt Whyte is a notable Nigerian composer. He was struck with leprosy as a child
and after his parents died he lived in the Uzuakoli Leprosy Hospital in the East of
Nigeria. Here he became fascinated with the hymns of the medical missionaries and went
on to compose many songs both in English and in the native language Igbo. This
arrangement was written and recorded by Jonathan Green (JGHymns), a musician from
Edinburgh, Scotland.

Jesus Came, Jesus Comes
From the hymn text “Jesus Came, the Heavens Adoring” written by English pastor
Godfrey Thring in 1864. Included in the lectionary as a hymn for the 1st Sunday of
Advent (Year B). Original tune by Michael Van Patter – worship director at Hope
Chapel in Greensboro, NC.

Lift Up Your Heads (Psalm 24)
Originally written in German by George Weissel in 1642 as a hymn for the first Sunday
in Advent (late trans into English by Catherine Winkworth). This hymn draws its
inspiration from Psalm 24 and contemplates how we can prepare our hearts for Christ’s
Second Coming. Original tune from San Francisco musician Jason Morrell (City Church–Mission)

Love Came Down at Christmas
Another classic Christmas text by 19th-century poet Christina Rossetti. Here arranged by
Patrick Schlabs (St. Peter’s, Charleston, SC) from the traditional Irish tune GARTAN.
New chorus lyrics and melody from Alex Mejias (High Street Hymns)

Mary’s Song (Our King of Peace)
Original text and tune by Wendell Kimbrough, 2014.

My Soul Magnifies the Lord
An original text and tune by Andrew Rottner, who leads worship at Liberti Church in
Philadephia, PA.

On This Day Earth Shall Ring
A popular translation of the medieval carol Personent Hodie. This hymn is often
associated with the feast of the Holy Innocents (Dec 28). This arrangement was written
and recorded by Covenant Presbyterian Church (Paul van der Bijl)

Psalm 72
A messianic psalm exploding with resonances in the Lukan canticles, this is a fantastic
psalm to explore during the advent and Christmas seasons. Here Luke Brodine presents
the entire psalm between readings and a short chorus of vs. 18-19. Tune is arranged from
the traditional WILD MOUNTAIN THYME.

Puer Natus Est
Puer Natus Est is the Introit for the third Mass of Christmas Day. It is a latin rendering of
Isaiah 9:6 “A child is born to us, and a Son is given to us: “Whose government is upon
His shoulder.” This arrangement and recording is by Daniel Snoke a worship leader and
musician from Pittsburg, PA.

Sing Out My Soul
Original text and tune inspired by the Magnificat from Brian Moss, early Indelible Grace contributor and current associate pastor at Maple Valley Presbyterian Church near Seattle, WA.

We Sing to Thee Immanuel
Words written by German pastor Paul Gerhardt in 1650, and translated by Catherine
Winkworth in 1855. Music written by Gregory Wilbur in 2004 and recorded in 2014.

You Gave Your Word
Original text and tune by Nashville musician and worship leader Jeff Bourque.

Sung versions of the Apostles Creed

Here are a number of versions of the Apostles Creed that artists have put to song.

Eric Damewood (Apostles Church) – The Apostles Creed
from Love Came Through (2010)

nonparell – Praise Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (noisetrade)

Miranda Dodson – Apostles Creed
from Ascend ep (2014)

Hillsong – This I Believe (The Creed)
from No Other Name (2014)

Mindy Deckard – The Apostles Creed
from ‘Mid All the Traffic – Redeemer INdy (2006)

Matt Hooper (Integrity Music) – We Believe
rom Newsboys (2014)

Rich Mullins – Creed
performed by Third Day

Richard Jensen – Creed
from Order of Service (2013)

The City Harmonic – Manifesto

Beach Spring (Shapenote tune)
anyone have a recording of this version?

And here’s a terrific version of the Te Deum from Jamie Brown – Glory Be to God

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You can also listen through our compilation “Hymns of Faith” which uses 12 songs to sing through every line of the apostles creed.

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