The purpose of the Children’s Sabbath observance is social advocacy for the needs of children throughout this nation. This year’s theme is “Moving Forward with Hope: Love and Justice for Every Child.” Children’s Sabbath–a weekend-long observance, primarily in the community–should not be confused with Children’s Sunday, a Sunday worship observance that focuses primarily on drawing attention to the children in our own congregations. For this reason, it is not recommended that today’s worship service be given over to “children’s programming” as such, although it is always recommended that children be given as many opportunities to lead and participate in worship as possible.
- Exodus 20:1-4
- Psalm 19 (UMH 750)
- Philippians 3:4b-14
- Matthew 21:33-46
Habits of Hospitality: OFFERING PEACE
This week’s non-lectionary-based service for Laity Sunday launches a three-week miniseries, “Habits of Hospitality,” in which the succeeding two services are based on the Epistle readings from the Revised Common Lectionary.
- Exodus 32:1-14
- Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23 (UMH 829)
- Philippians 4:1-9
- Matthew 22:1-14
Habits of Hospitality: WELCOMING ALL THE PEOPLE
What does it mean to become “imitators of us and of the Lord” and to receive “the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit” so that we may become examples to other believers? What does it mean to be truly welcoming, receiving all people and their gifts, even as we serve a living and true God and wait for the coming again of Christ in final glory?
- Exodus 33:12-23
- Psalm 99 (UMH 819)
- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
- Matthew 22:15-22
Habits of Hospitality: SHARING OUR AUTHENTIC SELVES
Habits of Hospitality concludes with this week’s focus on sharing our authentic selves with others in the midst of offering hospitality in the course of our mission. We come in peace offering peace. We come seeking not to impose but to welcome, and so to learn from those among whom we come. And we share Christ with those we’ve welcomed out of who we really are, not as if Christ is to us some “widget” or “service” we’re selling.
- Deuteronomy 34:1-12
- Psalm 90:1-6
- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
- Matthew 22:34-46
Season of Saints: Clothing of the Saints
This service kicks off the series in conversation with the Epistle reading for All Saints and Charles Wesley’s paraphrase of that reading in his hymn “What Are These Arrayed in White?” What they are and what they wear are clues for what God longs for all of us to become: beloved saints-- and what it takes for us to become them.
- Joshua 3:7-17
- Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37 (UMH 830)
- 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
- Matthew 23:1-12 (more...)
Season of Saints: Stories of the Saints
What is the primary distinguishing mark of the stories saints tell? They are stories of deliverance, stories of salvation, and never stories merely of personal or family accomplishment. How will God help you tell your story the way the saints do?
- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
- Psalm 78:1-7 (UMH 799)
- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
- Matthew 25:1-13