Sample Worship Plans

The sample worship plans below can be a starting point for creating a customized plan for any church not currently doing long range worship planning.


Links to sample plans:

  • Moldenhauer, Madison – Year B/C
  • Moldenhauer, Madison – Historic series (the sheet is dynamic and will show new entries)

More planning resources:

  • Under 2017 Worship Conference Presentations
    • Serving in Song – K Tiefel
    • Serving in Song: Calendar – K Tiefel
    • Serving in Song: Repertoire – K Tiefel
    • Serving in Song: Bibliography – K Tiefel
    • Strategic Planning for Worship – J Gawrisch
    • Strategic Planning for Worship: Work Booklet – J Gawrisch
  • Under 2014 Worship Conference Handouts
    • Working Smarter at Worship – C Basset and J Bauer
    • Enhancing the Liturgical Year 2014 – J Strey
    • Repertoire for the Lectionary – Year B
    • Repertoire for the Lectionary – Year C
  • Under 2011 Worship Conference Presentations
    • Musical Variety for the Congregation – A Christie
    • Contemporary Liturgical Music – J Kohrs
  • Under Worship the Lord series – Practical Ideas for Lutheran Worship
    • Worship the Lord – 71. Working Smarter at Worship
    • Worship the Lord – 75. Voices Raised with Strings and Keys
  • Worship the Lord Series – Worship Planning

Service Folders – Epiphany

Service folder samples for Epiphany.

Christian Worship Supplement Resources

Resources for use with Christian Worship: Supplement.

Service Folders – Seasonal Variations

Service Folders – Other Occasions

Service folder samples for Mission Convention, Christian Education, and Augsburg Confession.

Service Folders – Minor Festivals

Service folder samples for Minor Festivals, such as St. Michael and All Angels.

Service Folders – End Times

Service folder samples for Sundays in End Time, such as Reformation and Saints Triumphant.

Service Folders – Trinity

Sample folders for Trinity Sunday.

Service Folders – Pentecost

Sample folders for Pentecost Sunday.

Service Folders – Ascension

Sample folders for Ascension.

Service Folders – Easter

Sample folders for the Easter Season, including Sunrise service, Easter Festival, and Good Shepherd Sunday.

Service Folders – Good Friday

Sample service folders for Good Friday services.

Service Folders – Maundy Thursday

Sample service folders for Maundy Thursday.

Service Folders – Triduum

Service folder samples for The Triduum. The Triduum refers to the three days of Holy Week – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.

Service Folders – Palm Sunday

Service folder samples for Palm Sunday, along with a Palm Sunday Gathering Rite.

Service Folders – Lent

Service folder samples and ideas for Lent, particularly Ash Wednesday.

Service Folders – Christmas

Service folder samples and ideas for the Christmas season.

Service Folders – Advent

Find samples of Advent Gathering Rites and an example of a Festival of Lessons and Carols.

National Disaster, Military Resources

Mission Festival Resources

Resources for a Ministry Anniversary or Funeral

Hymn Festival Service Resources

Dedication Resources

Church Anniversary or Closing Resources

General Service Resources

Information and resources for weekly Sunday service planning, including the Church Year Calendar, the Calendar of Minor Festivals, Lectionary lists, Prayers of the Day and Verses of the Day.

Thanksgiving Service Resources

End Times Service Resources

Pentecost Service Resources

Easter Service Resources

Lenten Service Resources

Epiphany Service Resources

Church Year Planning Resources

Use the links below to find planning resources and samples for services throughout the festival and non-festival seasons of the church year.

(If the link titles are not visible, select the title Worship Service Planning Resources to view them.)

New Year’s Service Resources

Christmas Service Resources

Advent Service Resources

Planning for Worship

Article topics include worship planning, sermon reviews, suggestions from organists, and supporting church musicians.

Worship Committees and Staffing

Articles and resources about worship committees and coordinators.

Hymn Planning

Tools and articles for planning hymns in worship.

Worship the Lord – Worship Planning


Planning for worship involves far more than picking hymns and choir music [early enough!] for the coming season or year. Short range planning is important so that everyone can work together for the best possible worship. Long-range planning is also diverse but doesn’t always get the attention it deserves.

With this issue of Worship the Lord, we begin a series on worship planning. We hope that some of the ideas shared will be helpful for you. While pastors are the primary Worship the Lord audience, musicians and worship committee members might also benefit from reading these articles.

CW Supplement – Lectionary Study Guides

Study guides based on the three-year lectionary found in Christian Worship Supplement.

Christian Worship – Lectionary Study Guides

These study guides based on the three-year lectionary in Christian Worship are useful for Bible studies or personal preparation for worship.

Planning Christian Worship Revision

Planning resources for the three-year lectionary.