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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost: STEP OUT...INTO FAITH
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 OUT...Into Faith
In the Series and Launching the Next Series
We come today to the beginning of a new, three weeks series “#ThreeSteps in a Christian’s Walk.” This series picks up in Romans where “The Apostle’s Tale” series left off.
Generally speaking, effective three part series are of two types. One is “three step series,” a brief journey that moves in stepwise fashion, each step continuing in the direction of the one before it to a final conclusion, like a three act play. The other is a “three point series,” where three different, if related, points are made and summarized at series end.
Despite its name, “#ThreeSteps in a Christian’s Walk,” this series is a three point series. At this point in the summer (in the Northern hemisphere), folks in your church may be in and out enough between vacations and school starting or about to start that trying to do a three step series may be more frustrating than helpful. While you should certainly briefly summarize the main point of each preceding weeks in the services after today, you don’t have to try to make them flow “logically” or energy-wise into one another. Each can be relatively self-contained, it’s own high point, week after week.
Part of what will make the series coherent is the flow out of the just completed series. We concluded “The Apostle’s Tale” metaphorically on the “solid ground” of God’s promises. The question for this series is how we “move” or “step” on this ground. We “step out” (this week), “step toward” (next week), and “step forth” (week 3). Each of these kinds of steps is different and involves us with different people and relationships.
Visually, in addition to the basic .jpg files offered for your use, the series graphic could be three same colored (maybe black) sets of shoeprints, each heading in a slightly different direction, on a simple white background, with a different one of the footprints given a different color each week while holding the other two black that week. Or, if you want to go a bit more colorful and complicated, for this first week, also use an image of a precarious looking footbridge over a chasm or a rushing river, such as this one in Pakistan.
In terms of music, consider using “Step by Step” (Worship & Song 3004, CCLI #915125 for the longer version popularized by Rich Mullins called “Sometimes by Step”) as a theme song you may use in a different way each week. For today, in a more modern (or even country bluesy side), also think about using Chris Falson’s “I Walk by Faith” (CCLI # 464834) or for a more folky sound, Jeremy Camp’s “Walk by Faith” (CCLI # 3903041), or for a more hymnic feel, Henry Alford’s “We Walk by Faith” (TFWS 2196).
Ecumenical Prayer Cycle: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger