Safe Church Ministry Worship Resources


This is a compilation of many worship recommendations that have a particular focus on the effects of abuse as we continue to strive to worship our Triune God:


Song Resources from Lift Up Your Hearts 

#297 Open Our Eyes
#410 How Long Will You Forget Me, Lord
#413 Lord You Are My Strength (with optional prayer)
#414 All Will Be Well
#431 The Lord Is My Light (with optional prayer)
#446 We Cannot Measure How You Heal
#614 Come, You Disconsolate
#636 A Prayer of Confession and Assurance of Pardon
#658 Bring Peace to Earth Again
#665 I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
#707 Goodness is Stronger than Evil

Song Resources from The Worship Sourcebook

Litanies of Lament (Pages 111-114)
Litanies of Healing (Pages 220-234)
Litanies of Confession (Pages 86-87
Prayers for Justice and Peace (Pages 220-223)
Prayers for Healing (Pages 224-227)
Prayers for Comfort in Grief (Pages 228-229)
Prayers of Lament (Pages 229-234)
Prayers of Confession (Pages 87-111)


Lament for a Broken Community: This is an article from Reformed Worship that shares a prayer of lament - along with a testimony of acceptance and hope as a community journeys through incredible grief. 

Made in God’s Image: Article which provides songs about sexual identity

Biblical Themes in Safe Church Ministry: Not sure what to preach about on Abuse Awareness Sunday? Safe Church Ministry is founded on Biblical principles, any of which could provide good texts for a sermon.

Worship Services Incorporating Issues of Abuse:

How Long Will You Forget Me, O Lord?: A service of lament based on Psalm 13

What a Friend We Have in Jesus: A service of prayer for healing

Praying Our Emotions: The psalms urge us to pray the mess of our emotions as an act of faith; their ancient voices offer wise guides for worship


The Abuse Jesus Took (Passage: Matthew 27:27-31): This is a sermon that was preached at Lombard CRC on Sept. 17, 2017 about the abuse that Jesus, our Lord, experienced, and how he has born our sin and pain.

A Safe Church Message from Psalm 10 - This Psalm of lament speaks to the reason for Safe Church Ministry.

Sin in the Community: By Rev. Andrew Beunk, based on Ezra 9 and 10 (selected verses). Abuse in its various forms - emotional, physical and sexual - is a secret sin, so secret that sometimes we think "this never happens in my family or in my church or in my community.”

You Are the Man: By Rev. Sean Baker, a sermon based on 2 Samuel 11-12. A sermon which focuses on David’s crime against Bathsheba as sexual assault, and urges us to recognize the seriousness of such abuse in our own congregations.

Abuse: Still Not Getting It: By Rev. Robert A. Arbogast, another sermon based on the story of David’s crime against Bathsheba, with a focus on the way the church has never understood or identified abuse as such. 

Recommended Books:

The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused (2011) edited by Andrew J. Schmutzer. The book draws together a range of the best research on abuse from a variety of fields to provide a cohesive and thorough resource for churches.

The Cry of Tamar: Violence Against Women and the Church’s Response (2012 by Pamela Cooper-White). A thorough resource for understanding violence against women and how the church can respond appropriately.

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