Worship Planning

Discipleship Ministries provides worship leaders with quality United Methodist music, liturgy, and preaching resources for faithful and vital local church worship. We are committed to working with worship and music leaders throughout the church. Resources, toll-free telephone lines, websites, conferences, conversations, consultations, workshops -- these are ways we seek to be available as partners with you in making disciples for Jesus Christ.

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New & Noteworthy:

September 28, 2016

Advent/Christmas 2016 Worship Series

Each Sunday in our Advent-Christmas season series pursues a key theme identified in the gospel reading for each week. The […]

Lectionary, Year A (2016)
December 1, 2016

New Hymnal Survey: Favorite and Least Favorite Hymns

The United Methodist Church plans to present a new hymnal to General Conference for approval in 2020. We want this hymnal […]

Music Research
November 15, 2016

2017 Revised Common Lectionary—Sundays & Special Days Only

The Rev. Cynthia T. Hinson, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Conroe, TX, offers this 2-page listing of Revised Common Lectionary […]

September 16, 2016

2017 Worship & Music Planning Calendar

PDF document of lectionary readings for each Sunday in 2017, as well as special days and times throughout the year. For […]

General Music Articles
April 25, 2016

Three Ways to Celebrate Advent and Christmas Season Fully

By Taylor Burton-Edwards

We all know there is much competition for attention between Advent and Christmas Season (Advent 1 through Epiphany, January 6) and the […]

November 18, 2016

Services for the Ordering of Ministry in The United Methodist Church, 2017-2020

By Taylor Burton Edwards

This edition of Services for the Ordering of Ministry in The United Methodist Church marks a significant evolution in […]

March 10, 2016

“And When the Strife is Fierce, the Warfare Long”: A Season of Saints for 2016 (Year C)

By Taylor Burton-Edwards

During this cycle of “A Season of Saints,” we invite you and your worshiping community to take the […]

Sundays After Pentecost
September 3, 2015

Litany for Vigilance Against Racism

A Litany by Bishop Adam J. Richardson, Jr. of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Times of Crisis
May 1, 2014

12 Simple Rules on What to Wear, What Not to Wear: UMC Edition

By Taylor Burton-Edwards

I recently received a request on the UMC Worship Facebook group for some simple, straightforward guidance about clergy vestments in […]