Discipleship Ministries and Book of Worship Resources for Heritage Sunday 2015

“Welcoming the Stranger”

May 24, 2015

Compiled by Taylor Burton-Edwards

Camp and Retreat Article and Reflections on Welcoming the Stranger, Kevin Witt:

Basics of Wesleyan Discipleship and Welcoming the Stranger by Steve Manskar

Devotional Resources
Upper Room Devotional Resource for Year A: Welcome the Stranger

Upper Room Devotional Resource: Welcoming the Political Stranger


In keeping with the lectionary readings for this day, which is also Pentecost, the Pentecost story itself can be read and preached as a sign of welcoming the stranger, as Jerusalem welcomed Jewish pilgrims from all over the world and the church is born in the midst of this global gathering.

Plenty Good Room: A Sermon Series for Black History Month by Larry D. Pickens


“Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors,” Hymn by Barbara Campbell
(may function as either an opening or a sending song)

We Humans Frame to Build a Life,” Hymn by Ruth Duck

“Christ Is Our Peace,” Hymn by F. Richard Garland, 2014 (last verse on welcoming strangers)

“A Stranger Joined Them As They Walked,” Hymn by F. Richard Garland, 2012 (last verse especially)

“When We Would Neighbor Be,” Hymn by F. Richard Garland

“Christ, You are the Savior,” Hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, 2014

“The Children Come,” Hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, 2014 (children fleeing to US from Central America)

 “O God You Give Welcome,” Hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

“Open to All” Hymn by Larry Warren

From The United Methodist Book of Worship
Heritage Sunday
Greeting: “Come to Christ, the Living Stone” 456
Confession of Sin: “Circle of Love” 488; “God of All Nations” 492
Opening or Sending: “A Prayer of Saint Patrick” 529
Sending: “Before Us It Is Blessed” 562



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