Joint Liturgical Group 

of Great Britain


An Ecumenical Service of Baptism and Confirmation

The Joint Liturgical Group was asked to prepare this celebration originally for LEPs but it has since proved useful in a number of pastoral circumstances.

Commemorating the Quincentenary of the Reformation

An Order of Service and resources offered to the churches for use before or in connection with 31 October 2017.

Ecumenical Celebrations for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter & Pentecost

Building on the pattern of popular Christmas Carol Services a series of celebrations to mark the themes of the Liturgical Year through Readings, Music and Prayer

Commemorating the First World War

2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Commemorative events are planned at a national and local level over the next 5 years, 2014–2018. Churches are often asked to contribute to these events or may wish to mark them within their own congregations. The Joint Liturgical Group has prepared a short anthology of prayers and gathered links to other resources and information.

ELLC Canticles

The Joint Liturgical Group is a member of the English Language Liturgical Consultation (ELLC). One of the roles of ELLC is the preparation of common liturgical texts. To aid the use of the Gospel Canticles the following simple setting is offered. It takes the well known plainsong Alleluia as an optional antiphon as a response and use the simple Gregorian psalm tone 6F for the verses.

Selected Intercessions and Biddings
for Special Weeks and Sundays

Many organisations offer material for use in Sunday worship. Sometimes leaders find the amount of material provided begins to take over the service or the intercessions and consequently even the heart of what is before them may be unused. The prayer material provided consists of a single paragraph which can be included in the Intercessions or Bidding Prayer without overwhelming other parts of the General Intercession.

Scottish Independence Referendum

The Referendum will take place on Thursday 18 September 2014. The Joint Liturgical Group was asked to provide a prayer that might be used on the Sundays before the voting takes place.

Lord, we bless you
for you have fashioned our land and daily refresh it;
you have sent forth your spirit and created us;
you have opened your hand and filled us with good things.
Bless us, your people, as we consider the future of our nation.
May your glory endure here for ever
and may we sing to you as long as we live;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

ACTS has prepared a range of prayer and liturgical material for use on the Sundays before and after the Referendum.

Using JLG Resources

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JLG Resources are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. They may be reproduced for non-commercial use free of charge as long as the source is attributed.


Part of the mandate of the Joint Liturgical Group is to be a creative working group. To offers rites and texts to the churches and ecumenical bodies, and advises and comments on worship matters.It also serves the liturgical needs of congregations linked to more than one British church. Work produced by the JLG is offered to churches to use as they see fit and is also made widely available through publication.

Liturgical Texts

Opening Prayers: The ICEL Collects
International Commission on English in the Liturgy
Canterbury Press 2001 (978-1853112539 hb, 978-1853114281 pb)
Opening Prayers offers collects that are modern and striking in their language yet still richly biblical and faithful to Scripture. Written for proclamation prior to the public reading of the Scriptures, they will enrich worship by focusing hearts and minds on the Scripture themes for the day. Prayers are given for every Sunday and major holy day for Years A, B and C. Hardback
An Order of Marriage: For Christians from Different Churches
Canterbury Press 1999 (9781853113093)
This booklet provides an order for the marriage of Christians from different churches. It has been developed by the Joint Liturgical Group of Great Britain whose members are drawn from a wide range of churches, and it has been proposed to provide clergy and congregations with a form of service that will allow all parties to participate.
The rite is designed to meet the current legal requirements for marriage while allowing flexibility for the rite to be adapted to meet individual needs and preferences. An additional choice of blessing prayers and intercessions is provided along with helpful guidelines and recommendations for the pastoral care of the inter-church families
Confirmation and re-affirmation of baptismal faith
Canterbury Press 1992 9781853110627
This is a draft order of service for use in local Ecumenical Projects and commended by the Enabling Group of Churches Together in England.
Holy Week Services (2nd edition)
Rev. and expanded edition ed. Donald Gray
SPCK 1983 (9780281040391)
First edition 1968 ed. Ronald C.D. Jasper published by SPCK/Epworth Press. (9780281026623)
The Daily Office
ed. Ronald C.D. Jasper
SPCK 1968, 1974 (9780281022892)

Essays & Resources

The Renewal of Worship: Essays by Members of the JLG
The Calendar and Lectionary: A Reconsideration
An Additional Lectionary
Four Year Lectionary JLG2
ed. G Tellini
Canterbury Press 1990 (978-1853110214)
A further contribution by the Joint Liturgical Group in the search for a lectionary that is able to serve the differing needs of the Churches. The lectionary put forward provides a four-year cycle of lessons, with one whole year at a time devoted to each of the four gospels. The lectionary is offered to churches for study and consideration.
Initiation and Eucharist: Essays on their structure
ed. Neville Clark, Ronald C.D. Jasper
SPCK 1972 (9780281027354)
Worship and the Child
ed. Ronald C.D. Jasper
SPCK 1975 (9780281028573)
The Word in Season: Use of the Bible in Liturgy
ed. Donald Gray
Canterbury Press 1988 (9781853110016)
Getting the Liturgy Right: Essays by the JLG on Practical Liturgical Principles for Today
SPCK 1982 (9780281038411)

Links to Publishers’ websites



 JLG Day Conference
— March 2019