Leccionario en Español, Leccionario Común Revisado: Consulta Sobre Textos Comunes.
Lectionnaire en français, Le Lectionnaire Œcuménique Révisé
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Season of Creation 2 — DEATH
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).
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 2 — DEATH
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 last week.
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 of death may vary from culture to culture, so choose colors to add to the basic green palette that are most appropriate for your context.
Musically, open the service with selected verses of “All Creatures of Our God and King” (UMH 62, or CCLI #3608102). For this week, sing verses 1, 6, and 7.
Textually, include not just the scripture reading, but also the relevant stanza from Francis’s Praise of the Creatures. For this week, it is stanza 11, as quoted in the Sermon Notes. Consider incorporating this week’s reading into the singing of “All Creatures of Our God and King” in the opening. Sing stanza 1, read the relevant stanza over the music in the background, then continue with stanzas 6 and 7.
And as a practice, continue with the same form of intercession you began last week, this week giving a bit more time (but not overdoing it) to remembering those who have died.
Finally, if you 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: Ghana, Nigeria