Third Sunday of Easter 2018 — Planning Notes
Faith that Makes Us Strong | IN THE NAME OF JESUS WORSHIP SERIES
Leccionario en Español, Leccionario Común Revisado: Consulta Sobre Textos Comunes.
Lectionnaire en français, Le Lectionnaire Œcuménique Révisé
All Month Christian Home Month (2018 Theme: Families Called to Peace, forthcoming)
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May 3 National Day of Prayer
May 4 May Friendship Day (UMW/CWU)
May 7-13 Christian Family Week (2018 resources forthcoming)
May 10 Ascension Day
May 13 Ascension Sunday
Festival of the Christian Home/Mother’s Day (USA)
May 19-20 Change the World Weekend
May 20 Day of Pentecost
Heritage Sunday (forthcoming)
May 24 Aldersgate Day
May 27 Trinity Sunday
Peace with Justice Sunday
May 28 Memorial Day (USA)
Pray for annual conferences convening throughout the month, for all receiving new appointments or assignments, for those leaving existing appointments or assignments, and for congregations and other ministries receiving new leadership.
June 3 June Worship Series Begins: “Transitions”
June 17 Father’s Day (USA)
June 19 Juneteenth (USA)
July 1 July Worship Series Begins: “Healing Hands”
July 4 Independence Day (USA)
All Month Back to School Resources
August 5 August Worship Series Begins: “Life Together”
November 1 All Saints Day
November 4 All Saints Sunday
Daylight Saving Time Ends (USA)
A Season of Saints (2018 Resources Forthcoming)
November 11 Organ and Tissue Donor Sunday
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
Veterans Day (USA)
Extended Advent Begins
November 18 Bible Sunday
November 18-25 National Bible Week (USA)
November 22 Thanksgiving Day (USA)
November 25 Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday
United Methodist Student Day (offering)
For Your Planning Team
Planning for This Service
The primary task of week 2 in any series is to take the energy from the opening and move it in the direction it needs to go next. And this week that direction is up (in terms of power) and down (in terms of depth).
This week’s entrance includes an act of healing for all who desire it for themselves or others. For this to work powerfully, it needs to flow smoothly and not create long lines. This means you will need multiple stations. Expect each healing encounter to take and average of 20-30 seconds, so two per minute. If you plan for 5 minutes for this action, each station can receive 10-15 people. Determine the number of people you believe may respond, then create the number of stations (and persons to host those stations) needed.
Once you have the number of stations you need, recruit station hosts (lay or clergy), and train them for their work. Then work with the head usher to coordinate where the stations should be to facilitate the best flow of people to stations. The head usher will then work with the usher team to determine their plan for guiding people to the nearest convenient station.
Before Sunday, preferably Saturday evening, rehearse this entire action, in two parts. With the attendants for the healing stations, rehearse how they will get to their stations, then how they will offer prayer, laying on of hands, and anointing until they are all confident in their actions. Then, have the station hosts function as the congregation, and rehearse with the usher team how the congregation will get to and from the nearest convenient station until the ushers are confident in what they’re doing.
The rest of the service flows in much the same ways, with the same kinds of requirements for voicing, as last week’s service. See last week’s planning notes for details of ways to prepare leaders for each element.
Additional Resources for this Service
Ecumenical Prayer Cycle: (Click link to find countries for this week when they are posted)