Worship Resources


Bishop Hagiya and the OR-ID Annual Conference has designated Sunday, April 28, 2013 Worship Service as the day to highlight the prevention of childhood sexual abuse.

Bishop's Letter - Abuse Prevention Sunday

Abuse Prevention Sunday - Worship Resources

Abuse Prevention Resource Bibliography        

Other Resources

Women’s Inter-church Council
Healing Waters, part 7: Planning a worship service, 2004.
Begins with a thoughtful theological statement; includes an outline of worship service and background materials for planning.

Mennonite Church
Dove’s Nest Collaborative.
Worship and other materials for the Safe Sanctuary-like program of the Mennonite Church.

Churches for Non-violence
Respecting Children: Resources for Worship.
Prayers & litanies.

Christian Reform Church. Safe Church Ministry.
Bulletin inserts and resources on boundaries, bullying, child and elder abuse. Down-loadable dramas, prayers, sermons.

African American Lectionary. Children’s Sunday: Stopping Abuse and Neglect
Litanies, music selections, dance; other resources listed

Reformed Worship Journal. From Victim to Victory: Healing the Wounds of Abuse.
Worship service outline with prayers, litanies, worship notes and sermon ideas. Excellent resource.


United Methodist Church Book of Worship. Blessing #547 For the Victim or Survivor of Crime and Oppression. Includes Scripture suggestions. See also Section VIII Healing Prayers and Services. Services 1 & 2 may be adapted.


Bidding Prayer Release
Holy and Almighty God, you have counted the hairs on our heads, and you watch over the lowliest sparrow. Hear now our prayers for all those within the church affected by sexual misconduct, abuse, or harassment.
Gracious God, hear the prayers of your children.
Heal all children everywhere who have been abused or otherwise harmed by those entrusted with their spiritual care. Bring them justice and restore their innocence.
Gracious God, hear the prayers of your children.
Bind up the wounds of adults who have been betrayed and abused by those in authority in the church, be they lay or clergy. Grant them hope and new life.
Gracious God, hear the prayers of your children.
Make your judgement known to those who have committed misconduct, abuse or harassment. Enable them to grasp the depth of the injuries they have caused, and lead them to repentance and amendment of life.
Gracious God, hear the prayers of your children.
Grant the congregations of The United Methodist Church--and of every denomination--the wisdom, the compassion, and the courage necessary to confront those who abuse; to comfort and support those who have experienced abuse, and to strive always for the safety of your children.
Gracious God, hear the prayers of your children.
Empower bishops, superintendents, Boards of Ordained Ministry and other leaders within Annual Conferences and the General Church to hold all Christian leaders accountable to their holy calling, and to respond with grace and generosity to those who have been wounded by the church.
Gracious God, hear the prayers of your children.
Sustain and inspire the leaders and participants in the “do No Harm” conference, that they grow in knowledge, discernment, and skill as they seek to be ever more faithful to your command to care for the least of these.
Gracious God, hear the prayers of your children.
Pour out your Holy Spirit on the Response Teams across our denomination, who are charged with offering our justice, your grace, and your healing mercies in the midst of the devastation of sexual misconduct, abuse, and harassment. Enable them to be your ambassadors, offering hope and new life in the midst of pain and anguish.
Gracious God, hear the prayers of your children.
Guard our hearts, our minds, and our bodies, Almighty God, that we may be your faithful servants, doing good and not harm to all your children, and that every congregation can become a safe sanctuary. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, we pray. AMEN.

Copyright Lorinda H.M. Hoover, for the United Methodist “Do No Harm” Conference, January 2011. Permission granted to duplicate. umsexualethics.org/news&resources/DoNo Harm2011/DNHprayer

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