Post-Pentecost 2018 Worship Planning Series

Second Sunday After Pentecost 2018, Year B

Today’s service is in the form of morning prayer, which lay at the basis of the early Methodist preaching services common when the travelling elder was not in town (eleven weekends out of twelve for many early American Methodist Episcopal churches). We use our current form for Morning Prayer (see UMH 876-877) as the basic outline for this service order.

What - Transitions Worship series on a green flag over an image of a bearded man with a head covering making a shushing motion with his finger to his lips

The worship space should be arranged as if it is in a period of construction throughout this series, culminating with the finishing of the space on Week 5.

For this week, most “regular” worship furnishings should be absent—no Lord’s Table, no font, no pulpit, no lectern, no (unattached) crosses.

The service for today is built to be lay-led, on the model of morning prayer. The role of the pastor today is to preach and offer the blessing. We recommend that a child (trained and capable of reading aloud well) read the Scriptures throughout the rest of this series. If the pastor is absent (as will be the case in some places because of annual conference), a layperson may preach and offer the final blessing using the appropriate modifications as noted.

Silence may be observed. When worship begins, a leader may rise and say:



Leader: O Lord, open our lips.
People: And we shall declare your praise.

Song of Praise

“Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above” UMH 96
“Crags and Clay” CCLI #6189422

AH = The Africana Hymnal

BOW = United Methodist Book of Worship

CCLI = Christian Copyright Licensing International, SongSelect

TFWS = The Faith We Sing (2000)

UMH = United Methodist Hymnal

W&S = Worship & Song (2011)

SOZ = Songs of Zion


Readings Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 (UMH 854)
Song: “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry” TFWS 2051
I Samuel 3:1-20 (NRSV)

Sermon What?


“Song of Zechariah” UMH 208
“When Everything Falls” CCLI #5490411


Prayers of the People BOW 571 or TFWS 2201
OR CCLI #7039048

The Lord’s Prayer


Pastor or Lay Leader (wording for Lay Leader noted in parentheses)
Our lives are full of transitions.
Everything changes.

Amidst all change,
at every stage of transition,
God’s saving love for us and all creation

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with you (us) and remain with you (us) always. Amen.

Signs of peace are exchanged.


In This Series...

Trinity Sunday 2018 — Planning Notes Second Sunday After Pentecost 2018 — Planning Notes Third Sunday After Pentecost 2018 — Planning Notes Fourth Sunday After Pentecost 2018 — Planning Notes Fifth Sunday After Pentecost 2018 — Planning Notes