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Build-Your-Own Worship Service (or Series) on Justice and Mercy

As a faith practice, justice and mercy are the tangible expressions of loving our neighbors as God has loved us. They are the ways that we live like Jesus here and now, affirming the goodness of God’s image in others and anticipating the overflowing shalom—peace and flourishing—that characterizes God’s coming kingdom.

Pick and choose from the ideas below to shape a worship service or plan a series. Also see our Worship Service on Justice and Mercy and Intergenerational Activities on the Faith Practice of Justice and Mercy.

Sermon Supports

Music Suggestions

(We’ve indicated the songs from our hymnal Lift Up Your Hearts with “LUYH.”)

  • Justice Songs album by Porter’s Gate
  • “All Are Welcome” (LUYH)
  • “Blest Are They” (LUYH)
  • “Christ, Be Our Light” (LUYH)
  • “Compassion Hymn” by Keith and Kristyn Getty
  • “Hear the Call of the Kingdom” by Keith and Kristyn Getty
  • “His Mercy if More” by Keith and Kristyn Getty
  • “Let Justice Flow Down” (LUYH)
  • “Lord, I Need You” by Matt Maher
  • “Magnificat/Mary’s Song” (any arrangement)
  • “No Longer Slaves” by Bethel Music
  • “Waymaker” by Leeland
  • “We Are Blessed” (Andy Flannagan)

Worship Ideas

Below you’ll find ideas that can be modified and woven into a worship service as a way for people to experience this practice.

For even more worship ideas, check out the wonderful resources on these curated lists: Worship: Justice, Worship Inclusive of All Abilities, Worship Resources about Racism and Racial Reconciliation, Social Justice Resources for those who Preach or Plan Worship.

Take-it-Home Resources

Encourage and equip people to continue exploring this faith practice by providing them with a resource to take home. Some ideas:

Digital Images You Can Use

Use these memes for PowerPoint presentations, social media shares, print pieces, and so on.