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From Madness to Stillness

Living the Spirit Life

Second Sunday after Pentecost, Year C

This week, the theme is redirection. Whether we feature the Gerasene demoniac or the prophet Elijah, there is an invitation to reorient or refocus—from the multi-voiced madness to the single call of Christ, or from the wildness of nature and of personal despair to the silence or stillness of God at work in and through the prophet and through the church.

This worship series centers on “Living the Spirit Life.” It begins with Pentecost and runs through the end of June. Often, the summer months mean smaller crowds (are there even crowds?), smaller choirs, and fewer activities, as many of our members take time off for vacations. Still, we must plan for vibrant singing, even if a choir is absent. Summer is a great time to change things up and try new things! I encourage you, during this season of Ordinary Time, to think more extra-ordinarily! Challenge Sunday school classes to take a Sunday to be the choir or lead the singing in one form or fashion. If the choir is off for several weeks, then have a mini-choir rehearsal with the congregation at the start of the service, as they are the choir of the day! Have a contest and have different church members be the “Song Leader of the Day” much like “Principal of the Day” in school. Have fun thinking of different ways of encouraging your congregation to sing and participate. Above all, give them permission to be extraordinary!

Following are some suggested hymns and songs related to the scriptures. You may find it useful to pick on opening or closing hymn and use it each week, maybe varying the instrumentation or verses; or find a song that works well as service music or as a response to the message.

Abbreviations

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

Second Sunday after Pentecost – From Madness to Stillness

June 19, 2022 – Luke 8:26-39 & 1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a

  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name UMH 79
  • Near to the Heart of God UMH 472
  • Children of the Heavenly Father UMH 141
  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness UMH 140
  • Word of God, Speak W&S 3184

In This Series...


Pentecost, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Trinity Sunday, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Second Sunday after Pentecost, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Third Sunday after Pentecost, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes

Colors


  • Green

In This Series...


Pentecost, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Trinity Sunday, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Second Sunday after Pentecost, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Third Sunday after Pentecost, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes