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September 2021

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Power of Prayer

Doers of the Word

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B

Worship can offer forms for prayer, prayers that show how prayer is shaped. That way worshipers can use the prayers provided but can also craft their own prayers following the form or shape of prayer. It gives a running start to those who may feel that they don’t know what to say.

As the title of this series implies, this is a time for action! This series begins when vacations and summer days are ending, and churches and families refocus on the year ahead. The church’s calendar is closely tied to the school year; and while the lectionary passages don’t necessarily reflect the school year, we see how this series can be a great kick-off to a new year of programming around mission and ministry. Therefore, music for this series is intended to allow time in the worship service for reflection as well as for promoting forward motion to encourage worshipers to live out the Sunday service of praise and worship to service to others throughout the week. Praise and worship are not just relegated to Sunday morning; as disciples, praise and worship are how we live our very lives, being doers of the word.

Here are some recommendations for music that can serve to connect all the Sundays of the worship series together. These can be used as the theme opening song or used as service music in smaller chunks throughout the service. As you think about these suggestions, you may also come up with other related songs that are meaningful and familiar to you and then decide how best to use them in your services over the five weeks. If you are choosing a new song as a thematic song, consider having a soloist or ensemble introduce it the first week during the offertory or during the gathering so it starts to become familiar. Then, start working it into other parts of the service. This has proven to be a highly effective way of teaching new songs that are relevant and meaningful to the congregation.

How well we are living in community is the general theme through this series. How do we open ourselves to the world around us in ways that impact our communities for the better? How do we reflect diversity in our unity?

Abbreviations:

  • TFWS - The Faith We Sing
  • UMH - The United Methodist Hymnal
  • W&S - Worship and Song

SONGS THAT REFLECT THE OVERALL THEME

SONGS RELATED SPECIFICALLY TO EACH WEEK

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B

“They’ll Know We Are Christians,” 2223 TFWS. Click to read the related "History of Hymns" article.

“Come Back Quickly to the Lord,”343 UMH. Click here for more information about this hymn.

“Cuando el Pobre,” 434 UMH. Click to read the related "History of Hymns" article.

“Jesus We are Here,” 2273 TFWS. Click to read the related "History of Hymns" article.

In This Series...


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Colors


  • Green

In This Series...


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