Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost 2018 — Planning Notes


Dwellings Worship Series, week 1: HOPE
November 4, 2018  — All Saints Sunday


Calendar Notes

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)

December 1      World AIDS Day
December 2      Advent-Christmas Series (Year C) Begins (Forthcoming)
December 21    Longest Night/Blue Christmas
December 24    Christmas Eve (evening)
December 25    Christmas Day
December 26    Kwanzaa
December 31    Watch Night/New Year’s Eve

For the month of November, we constructed a series by combining the All Saints Readings from November 1 with regular readings for the rest of the month. This series begins with All Saints Day and ends with Christ the King Sunday, with readings from Revelation. In the two middle weeks, we look at the readings from Hebrews. In this series, we ask the questions: “Where does God dwell? Where do we dwell?”

The reading from Revelation reminds us that the promised Kingdom of God is not some heavenly city in our imagination. Instead, it is our Earth, God’s good creation from the beginning, restored by the coming of Christ. God is coming to dwell with us, God’s beloved people. During this series, remind people that God dwells here and desires to be close to us. Our title for this week is “Hope,” and we can dwell in the hope that Christ is coming to abolish death and mourning and pain. As you go through this month, keep your eye on the coming season: Advent. What does it mean to dwell in hope as you move toward Advent?

Finally, as you prepare for this Sunday’s worship, be sure to remind your congregation that Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday!