Leccionario en Español, Leccionario Común Revisado: Consulta Sobre Textos Comunes.
Lectionnaire en français, Le Lectionnaire Œcuménique Révisé
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Season of Creation 3 — WIND, SKY, AND SEA
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). During this Season after Creation (throughout September), consider “spicing up” the green with other shades of green or colors evoked by the weekly theme. For this week, consider adding colors evocative of wind, sky, and sea where you are.
October 15 Hispanic Heritage Month (USA)
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: SEASON OF CREATION 3 — WIND, SKY, AND SEA
In the Series and This Service: Continuing the Common Threads
As we’ve noted before, this is a “point by point” rather than a “step by step” series. Each service can stand on its own, and should be planned to do so. Yet there can and should be some common threads that weave throughout it, while keeping each service distinct.
We suggested four as part of the series opening.
Visually, use the same basic graphics template for slides, but add colors to the palette suggestive of the theme each week. The colors that speak most powerfully of wind, sky, and sea may vary from place to place, so choose colors to add to the basic green palette that are most appropriate for your context. Keep in mind the colors of the story from scripture for this week as well. There is darkness (the wind blowing all night long), seafoam (the waters piled to either side), and well as the obfuscating misty brightness of clouds. In such a windstorm, one might expect the sky also to be overcast.
Musically, open the service once again with selected verses of “All Creatures of Our God and King” (UMH 62, or CCLI #3608102). For this week, sing verses 1, 2, 3, and 7. As suggested last week, include the reading from Francis’s Praise of the Creatures within the time for the opening hymn, perhaps in this case reading st. 5 just before singing st. 2 of the hymn, and reading st. 6 just before singing stanza 3.
Textually, include not just the scripture reading and the reading from Francis, but also some additional prayers and resources that reflect the strong environmental images of this week’s theme. Consider using the Lakota Tribe Act of Centering from the Book of Worship (470) immediately after the opening hymn and before the reading from Exodus, and do the reading from the center of the worship space, as the act of centering concludes there. And if you do not celebrate Holy Communion today, consider using BOW 557 as your congregational act of Thanksgiving after offering the peace and collecting the offering.
Continue with the same form of intercession you began last week, this week giving a bit more time (but not overdoing it) to praying for the earth, all creatures, and our calling and commitment to conserve it.
Finally, if you do celebrate Holy Communion today, use the same form with which you started the series, and continue using it each time you celebrate it during this series. This helps build not only series identity, but, more importantly, greater competence in the congregation in using this form of the Great Thanksgiving. This makes the prayer much more theirs, and increases their repertoire of forms of the Great Thanksgiving they can pray with confidence.
Ecumenical Prayer Cycle: Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay