provide both free and subscription versions of web-based, collaborative worship planning tools, including ways to generate and collaboratively edit orders of worship, track the use of songs over time, and work ahead several weeks (in some versions, months) at a time. All provide free trial periods for the full (paid) version. Free versions tend to allow for fewer users, less online storage, and fewer search/tracking features (check each package for details), but could serve a small- or medium-sized congregation's needs quite well.
Subscription-based service from The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America that gives access to all of materials in the ELCA family of congregational singing and liturgy resources (from 1978 to the 2006 Evangelical Worship hymnal) to create bulletins and projection slides.
(Southern Baptist), a worship planning tool, primarily useful for planning worship music sets, with links to every text and tune in the 2008 Baptist Hymnal/Worship Hymnal and its "extended" version, 975 in total. This resource lacks liturgical texts, but includes mp3 samples of all the music to get a sense of how one piece connects to another. And it is free, unless you choose to download mp3s of specific arrangements you may select
The Text This Week
includes many resources you can sample and draw upon. For film clip ideas, go to Textweek's movie theme index.
Online lectionary-based worship planning resources developed by the United Church of Christ.
Strong Center Open Doors
worship planning website developed by Dan Benedict.
Creating Worship with Deep Soul
includes a rich variety of planning resources, links to some for free, many others for an a la carte or annual subscription basis, developed by Marcia McFee.
provides texts and tunes (in MIDI) for public domain works in The United Methodist Hymnal and links to resources for The Faith We Sing.
an Australian twist on lectionary-based liturgical worship, including an "Aussie paraphrase" of the texts for each week.
Liturgy: Worship that Works
an online ecumenical worship planning site from New Zealand that includes both contemporary and classical resources from the New Zealand Prayer Book and other resources.
offers articles, interviews, blogs, videos, podcasts, discussion groups, and downloadable content.
(pronounced "say'-cred-ize") is a South African Methodist worship resource ministry provided by John Van de Laar.
Affiliate Organizations and Worship
Aldersgate Renewal Ministries
Strong focus on the work of the Holy Spirit and personal and corporate practices of prayer
Order of Saint Luke
An ecumenical religious order within the United Methodist Church committed to liturgical education, magnifying the sacraments, and living the apostolic hope.
Online Images and Art:
an open source resource for background images for worship.
The Painted Prayerbook
both lectionary commentary in a blog format and weekly art you can use in your congregation when you have obtained the author's permission (see the permissions page for details).
includes a number of good color and black and white pieces of clip art based on the lectionary or ordered by theme. Images are typically posted for the upcoming two Sundays or feast days in the church year.
includes an archive of graphics for the RCL for English, Spanish and Portuguese language and cultural communities. Although the artist died in 2008, this site continues to host relevant material for parts of years B and C in the three-year cycle.
offers PowerPoint backgrounds and other slides for use in weekly worship, based on the Revised Common Lectionary.
provides downloadable lectionary-based clip art and bulletin art for congregations in the United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church USA on a per-item or subscription basis and CD Rom versions of the entire three-year cycle and other resources at a nominal cost.
Free or Low-Cost Movie Clips
provides copyright cleared clips of major motion pictures, organized by topic and able to be played through QuickTime or other players and dropped directly into presentation software (such as MediaShout, PowerPoint or OpenOffice Impress) for use in worship. The free service provides medium resolution clips. A subscription-based service provides high resolution versions and additional support.
The Work of the People
typically offers one free video piece, but is primarily a subscription service for video and stills for lectionary-based, media-rich worship.
provides high quality, lectionary-based scripts for short dramas, dramatic monolog sermons or presentations, and scripts for longer productions (25 minutes or longer for non-worship venues) at nominal fees based on the readings of the Revised Common Lectionary.