Gathering: Resources for Worship Planners

Published four times a year, Gathering is a worship planning magazine for ministers and lay leaders, music directors, and United Church of Canada worship committees.

Current Issue: Pentecost 1, 2016

Besides providing great worship resources for Pentecost 1, this issue explores the language of worship. Language is ever evolving, and our worship language must also evolve. We will explore some of the language we have traditionally and typically used in prayers, such as “light and dark” and “see, stand, and hear,” and we will think about how these and other words may be understood by various members of our congregations.

In the Exploring section, we offer space for contributors to share their rants about worship words and provide a list of books and online resources that address accessible, expansive, and emancipatory language. In our Seasonal Ideas and Resources section, you'll find photocopy-ready bulletins to use over the summer, including a basic bulletin and a service that explores A Song of Faith.

Prayers for Worship are also available for download. Free to Gathering subscribers—with unlimited access—using a code given with each issue. Non-subscribers pay $4.95 for a one-time use.


Gathering now publishes four issues a year:

  1. Lent/Easter (Ash Wednesday to last in Easter)
  2. Pentecost 1 (Pentecost Sunday to Labour Day)
  3. Pentecost 2 (Season of Creation to Reign of Christ)
  4. Advent/Christmas/Epiphany


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Gathering relies heavily on contributions from its readers. We encourage you to mail, e-mail, or fax your prayers, litanies, and worship ideas to:

Gathering Editor
The United Church of Canada
3250 Bloor St. West, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4
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An index of previous issues 1997-2006 is also available.

Need more worship resources? The Worship for All Seasons II series brings together the best of Gathering. Years A, B, and C are now available.

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