Fifth Sunday in Lent 2019, Year C — Planning Notes

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With All Your Heart Worship Series: MAKING A NEW THING
Fifth Sunday in Lent — April 7, 2019

Calendar Notes

 

April

April 14         Palm/Passion Sunday
April 14-20   Holy Week
April 18         Maundy Thursday
April 19         Good Friday
April 20         Holy Saturday
April 21         Easter Sunday
April 24         Festival of God’s Creation
April 25         World Malaria Day (UM Communications)

May
All Month      Christian Home Month
                      Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May 6-12       Christian Family Week
May 12          Festival of the Christian Home/Mother’s Day (USA)
May 18-19     Change the World Weekend
May 19          Heritage Sunday
May 24          Aldersgate Day
May 27          Memorial Day (USA)
May 30          Ascension of the Lord

Planning for this Series

This week, as you consider the visual elements of worship, reread the Isaiah passage. Isaiah writes of the promise of new things from the Lord, a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, all so that people might praise the Lord. What new things have sprung up in your church and community? What ministries or nonprofits act as wellsprings in the desert? In Nashville, I think of the many ministries like Room in the Inn, Open Table Nashville, or Thistle Farms. I might drape woven blankets or scarves made by women in South America or Africa, and light candles from Thistle Farms that were made by women survivors of sex trafficking. In your bulletin, highlight these pieces and tell their stories. If you take a Communion offering, consider designating it for these ministries. Visually represent the new work of God in your community.