Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost 2017 Planning Notes

October 22, 2017 (Year A)

Preaching Hymns Planning Additional Resources

Reading Notes

NRSV texts, artwork and Revised Common Lectionary Prayers for this service are available at the Vanderbilt Divinity Library.
Leccionario en Español, Leccionario Común Revisado: Consulta Sobre Textos Comunes.
Lectionnaire en français, Le Lectionnaire Œcuménique Révisé

Calendar Notes

Habits of Hospitality, week 2: WELCOMING ALL THE PEOPLE
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           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

All Month       Black History Month
February 11   Transfiguration of the Lord
                        Scouting Sunday

February 14   Ash Wednesday
                        Lent Series Begins (forthcoming)
February 19  
Presidents Day

March 2         World Day of Prayer
March 11       UMCOR Sunday
                       Daylight Saving Time Change Song (Spring) (USA)

In the Series and This Service

With a strong launch last week, it’s time to meet the energy and focus of last week’s ending and begin to take it up a notch. Consider starting this week with a reprise of last week’s “For Everyone Born” (Worship and Song, 3149) or “Welcome” (Worship and Song, 3152) as a way to pull a musical thread from last week to this and express the series theme of “Habits of Hospitality” and today’s particular theme of “welcome for all.” If you want a longer song set, develop one that begins with praise of God such as “Welcome into This Place” (CCLI #661606) and ends with one of these two songs.

Move from the opening song or song set directly into a prayer for illumination, followed by the reading of Scripture and the sermon.

Consider using the same form of intercessions you used last week as another way to continue the threads through this series.

Suggested Great Thanksgiving: For the Season after Pentecost (United Methodist Book of Worship, 70-71)

Suggested Act of Thanksgiving at and after the Offering  (whether celebrating Communion or not): Ask people to take time during the offering to write down what they are thankful about people they may not know well yet, but will commit to welcoming more fully into their lives beginning in the coming week. During the prayer of thanksgiving after the offering, include time for all present to name the things wrote down, and if they wish, the people, out loud, all at once, creating a symphony of thanksgiving as a harbinger of greater welcome to come. If you use BOW 553, place this just after the line: “We thank you for friendship and duty,” by adding “and particularly for these people and their gifts we seek to welcome more fully into our lives…”

Suggested Hymns and Songs for Sending: “In the Midst of New Dimensions” (The Faith We Sing, 2238), “Pass It On” (United Methodist Hymnal, 572), “Sois La Semilla” (UMH 583). “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” (Songs of Zion, 85), or This Little Light of Mine (Africana Hymnal, 4150).

Additional Resources for this Service

2014 Planning Helps for these readings

Ecumenical Prayer Cycle: The Caribbean — Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St Kitts-Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago


Categories: Worship, Worship Planning, Year A, Twentieth Sunday After the Pentecost — October 22, 2017