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Lectionnaire en français, Le Lectionnaire Œcuménique Révisé
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: STEP TOWARD...YOUR SIBLINGS IN ABRAHAM
The color from now until Advent is green, with two exceptions: All Saints Day or Sunday (November 1 or 5) and Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday (November 26).
All Month Back to School Resources
August 13 New Series Launch: Three Steps in the Christian Walk
All Month A Season of Saints (2017 resources forthcoming)
October 1 World Communion Sunday
October 6-8 Children’s Sabbath (2017 resources forthcoming)
October 15 Laity Sunday (2017 resources forthcoming)
October 31 Reformation Day (500th Anniversary)
November 1 All Saints Day
November 3 World Community Day
November 5 All Saints Sunday
Daylight Saving Time Change Song (Fall)
November 11 Veterans Day
November 12 Organ and Tissue Donor Sunday
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
November 19 Bible Sunday (National Bible Week November 19-26)
November 23 Thanksgiving Day
November 26 Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday
United Methodist Student Day
December 1 World AIDS Day
December 3 Advent-Christmas Series (Year B) Begins (Forthcoming)
December 21 Longest Night/Blue Christmas
December 24 Christmas Eve (evening)
December 25 Christmas Day
December 26 Kwanzaa
December 31 Watch Night/New Year’s Eve
January 1 New Year’s Day/Holy Name of Jesus
January 7 Epiphany Sunday AND Baptism of the Lord
Season after Epiphany Series Begins (Forthcoming)
January 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day
January 14 Human Relations Day (Special Sunday with Offering)
January 15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
January 18-25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 21 Ecumenical Sunday
For Your Planning Team: STEP TOWARD...Your Siblings in Abraham
Since this is a “three point” rather than “three step” series (see planning notes for August 13, 2017), as this week’s sermon notes do, simply offer a brief summary of last week’s main point and move into this week’s theme.
Visually, find images of Christians, Jewish people, and Muslims walking toward each other or alongside each other with obvious peaceful intent. Or better, have a gathering with Jewish and Muslim neighbors, take photos (with their permission!), and show them in worship, either onscreen or in the bulletin.
Musically, you may wish to find a different place for “Step by Step” or “Sometimes by Step” you may have begun using last week. Consider singing “The God of Abraham Praise” (UMH 116). If you do, consider changing “Jehovah, Great I AM” in verse 1 and the end of verse 4 to “Adonai, Great I AM” out of respect for not speaking or singing the Divine Name. This hymn and its tune are in the public domain, so you may legally make such changes.
If you have a call to discipleship or other form of call for commitment, be sure to make the call specific. The sermon notes offer several ideas about concrete ways individuals and the congregation may commit to taking steps toward Jewish and Muslim neighbors. Consider including a checklist of actions persons may commit to take in the bulletin or a social media tool. Include those you know they can take immediately where you are (this will vary by your local context), and leave space for ideas you have not listed. Encourage participants to share their response with at least one other person present as a way to provide for accountability and follow-through.
Prayers offer an opportunity for participation by Jewish or Muslim neighbors. If you are able to arrange it, invite a Jewish cantor to lead the Psalm (this week’s Psalm is Psalm 67), and a Muslim imam or other leader to offer a recited prayer (in Arabic if possible) from their tradition for peace or for the local community.
Because you may be invited guests from non-Christian traditions to participate in worship today, consider not celebrating communion, if you normally would. Instead, offer an act of thanksgiving in which persons from all three traditions can participate. Just as we commend for interfaith weddings, plan to work with your particular Jewish and Muslim leaders to develop such a resource in ways respectful the distinctives of the traditions of all three.
And, assuming you are having interfaith guests, plan for a reception or a shared meal (with halal and kosher compatible foods) after worship today.
Finally, on June 14, 2017, the Elijah Interfaith Institute released a series of films of significant religious leaders from around the world calling for some of the very steps we address in today’s service. You may also find their resources helpful along the way. You may learn more here: http://www.elijah-interfaith.org.
Ecumenical Prayer Cycle: Liberia, Sierra Leone