Billabong: a quiet backwater; a place of refreshment, of hospitality.
This is a worship resource following the Revised Common Lectionary. I hope that you find this to be a ‘billabong’ as you resource yourself for worship, both public and private. Traditionally, billabongs were not owned, but cared for by all who who used them. Similarly, I see myself not “owning a resource” but offering hospitality. Enjoy your visit, and journey on refreshed.
With the exception noted below, the material on this web site is of my making. When you include any of these resources in printed orders of worship, pew sheets and similar publications for congregational use, please include an acknowledgement, such as, “© Jeff Shrowder (http://thebillabong.info) Used with permission.”
Some material has been included from other sources and has been designated by appropriate attribution, which should be properly acknowledged in use.
The PSALMS INDEX is a table showing the psalms in the three-year cycle. It’s pretty well repopulated with links to the relevant pages as they are created. Please let me know of any broken links you find.
The hymn suggestions come from the hymn books in common use in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand.
AHB = The Australian Hymn Book (First published 1977 – published in Aotearoa/New Zealand under the title With One Voice. The hymn numbers are common to both.)
SA = Sing Alleluia (A supplement to the Australian Hymn Book – published 1987)
TIS = Together in Song (Subtitled Australian Hymn Book 2 – published 1999)
Here’s a list of AUSTRALIAN HYMNWRITERS and HYMNS in Together in Song (Australian Hymn Book 2).
File names and headings reference the COCU Index of the Lectionary, published in 1974 by an ecumenical body in the USA. It paved the way for the Common Lectionary (in 1983), and the RCL (in 1994). (From the link in the sidebar you can download a PDF file containing the RCL Lectionary for the current year, marked with the COCU Index and a fuller explanation of its intent and worth. Many thanks to the Rev’d John Maynard for the work from which it is derived.)
The Billabong is a work in progress. Please let me know of any errors or omissions.
About the Author…
I’m a Minister of the Word (now retired) in the Uniting Church in Australia, in rural Victoria. I have a particular passion for the Old Testament, but I also have a passion for the Psalms and sharing them in a variety of ways in our worship.
In addition, I enjoy creating other worship resources, particularly, but not exclusively, for lay people engaged in planning and leading worship in a variety of contexts. With the flexibility that retirement now affords I’m working on further developing these resources. Jeff Shrowder