Planning a regular worship service with Sundays and Seasons.com is a snap, with many options built right into the tool to help you craft worship the way you want.
is where everyone will start out. From here, you can find everything with just a click! Tabs across the top guide you to the major areas of Sundays and Seasons.com, while content in the main area provides worship and user news, plus all of your own saved files schedules, plans, and templates.
takes you right into worship planning, for any occasion or date.
lets you browse all of the content to find anything you want to read up on.
takes you to the search area to find any hymn in the database, plus all of the available hymn texts and music graphics
provides you with easy and searchable access to the entire NRSV text, plus maps.
Subscriber News, contains both Ideas for Worship and Tips for Users. Subscribers can explore a library of short, helpful articles with tips, tricks, how-to's, and pointers to enhance both the experience of the site, and the crafting of creative and faithful worship.
Below the news are:
Current Worship Plans, showing any plans for a future date (you'll be able to retrieve old dated plans, but not right on the Home Page).
Worship Schedule, where you can set up your regular worship schedule to help you use the calendar and template features fully.
Worship Templates, where you save templates for any of your recurring worship services, saving you hours reconstructing services that utilize the same format every time.
On the left is a handy Monthly Calendar, with today highlighted. Subscribers can navigate to any month in any year, and click on a date to start the planning process. Below the Calendar is a listing of the next eight days' Upcoming Dates: observances, festivals, and commemorations a quick and easy guide to what's coming up in the next few days. Clicking on any of these days will bring you to that day's proper content.
Let's take a walk-through of the worship planning process in the tool to see how easy and flexible it is! Click on and you're off and running!
Pick a date on the convenient calendar to plan your service. Just click on the date on screen! You can even choose whether you want to view your calendar by month, week, or day.
The calendar shows all dates by their liturgical calendar title, along with the correct liturgical color, so you can keep track of everything!
When you click on a day, you'll go to a page that shows you the propers for that day.
Once you click on a day, all of the prayers and readings for that day are displayed. Read through as prep for the service, for preaching ideas, or just to remind yourself of what's coming up.
To continue to plan this service, just click on the Plan a Service button!
Next, select the basic liturgy you want to use. The cover of each worship resource is shown to help you find what you need.
Now you can start customizing your basic liturgy to suit your congregation's needs!
Use the button to remove that element from the service.
Use the convenient pull-down menus to choose from the textual or musical options for any element.
Use the button to see the full content for that worship element.
Use the buttons to move any worship element up or down one slot at a time.
Use the Portion to Download pull-down list to choose how much of that element to include in your download. This might include the choice of Title line only; Full text; Music; Full text and music; or All content plus rubrics. The choices are only the ones that are possible for that worship element. You decide what you want in your bulletin or projection!
Use the button to browse for other texts you want to use in this spot in the liturgy.
You'll be given the choice of any comparable worship element from any worship resource on Sundays and Seasons.com!
Use the button to add a new worship element. When the Insert window opens, you can choose any worship element from any worship resource, a new or saved custom worship element, an element you've previously "cut" from this service, a subrite such as baptism, a hymn, or a scripture reading.
If you decide you want to undo some of the sequence, standard lectionary options, default presentation format, cuts, or text options, just click one of the Reset buttons at the bottom.
When you're finished with your worship plan, click CONTINUE > .
The download page shows you the two download files you've created in planning your worship:
An "RTF" file with all of the texts you've chosen, in the format and sequence you've laid out; and,
A compressed "ZIP" file with music graphics you've selected.
Each one is listed with an estimated file size and download time for 56k modems and broadband connections.
You're also given the option of adding clip art or projection slides that coordinate with the lectionary readings for the day. These are optional downloads you decide what you want to use!
When you download the text file and open it, you'll see just what you selected, in your word processing software's default font and page settings:
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
BRIEF ORDER FOR CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
WOV p. 10
P: In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
P: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid:
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
P: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just
will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
P: Most merciful God,
C: we confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves.
We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done and by what we have left undone.
Planning regular worship is only part of Sundays and Seasons.com! Here is a mini-tour of the other tabs on the Home Page.
The Hymns & Songs area includes searchable data on every hymn and song from all current ELCA hymnals and worship resources. Find any hymn or song by title, first line, any words within the hymn, tune name, scriptural reference, hymnal, text meter, vocal range, key, writer, or copyright holder.
Text and/or music graphic downloading is available for over 1,000 hymns and songs from all current ELCA worship resources. This represents all public domain and Augsburg Fortress-owned or -administered hymns and songs. That includes many of everyone's favorite and most-used hymns and songs. We'll be adding more hymns to this list of downloadable content as we obtain legal permission to do so.
The Library is where you can browse through the liturgical content of all current ELCA worship resources. You can search by title (of a service or worship element), lectionary day, or scriptural reference.
You can also browse by clicking on any single worship resource and exploring the contents from there!
By clicking on a single resource, you can see all of the contents on Sundays and Seasons.com. The blue, hyperlinked lines show content that is available now. Black, unlinked lines show content that will be available soon.
Click on any available liturgy, and you can download the entire text with a single click!
Plus, you can download any of the music graphics that belong to this liturgy by clicking on its description!
Here's how the Preview looks when you un-collapse by clicking on the button to the left of the "Preview" heading:
The entire NRSV Bible is here, too!
Search by citation.
Search by any words it's a complete concordance at your fingertips!
Browse by any book of the Bible (including Apocrypha).
Let's search by citation. Simply type any citation into the NRSV Passage Lookup box, and click GO .
Instantly, you'll see the entire text you've searched for, with verse numbers and paragraph breaks.
The NRSV also includes maps of the Holy Land, both historic and modern. Great for education as well as worship!