- UMH - The United Methodist Hymnal
- TFWS - The Faith We Sing
- W&S - Worship & Song
- ZSS - Zion Still Sings
In the notes for the “When the Spirit Moves” worship series (May 23-June 27), the writer states, “When the Spirit moves amazing things happen. But they happen through the people who allow that Spirit to motivate them, to guide and direct them, to empower them for the work of making disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
As you plan the worship music for these first five weeks of Pentecost, keep in mind how music can aid in the movement of the Spirit. As you plan worship, take time to submit to the Spirit, listen, discern, and then gather to be communities of faith that are ready to go when the Spirit moves.
Pentecost Sunday is a great combination of old and new as we reflect on the drama of the Acts passage and understand what it means for us today. So, it’s always good to start with a well-known Wesley hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” 384 UMH. A more modern take is the song “Cornerstone,” which updates another well-known hymn of the faith “My Hope Is Built,” UMH 368. Service music may include “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying,” 2193 TFWS, by beloved composer Ken Medema, or “Spirit of the Living God,” 393 UMH. If you are going to celebrate Communion, consider using “Come, Share the Lord,” 2269 TFWS, during Communion. Any of these suggestions may be used through the five weeks of this series.