Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany 2019, Year C — Planning Notes

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Greater Things Worship Series: BEING NEEDY
Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany — February 3, 2019

Calendar Notes

 

February
All Month       Black History Month
February 10   Scouting Ministries Sunday
February 18   Presidents Day (USA)

March
March 1        World Day of Prayer
March 3        Transfiguration of the Lord
March 6        Ash Wednesday, and Lent Begins
March 31      UMCOR Sunday

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)

Planning for this Series

If you are a church that celebrates Communion on the first Sunday of the month, then you are in luck. Communion is the perfect liturgical act to wrap up this series about the oneness of your congregation. You could also consider having a love feast after the worship service. The title for this week is “Love,” and the reading will be familiar to anyone who has attended a wedding. Because the reading is so familiar, consider having an unusual voice read the Scripture today, perhaps a child or youth. Or split the reading into two or three parts. This will help your congregation hear these words with fresh ears.

In 2015, Taylor Burton-Edwards encouraged testimonies of God’s love as part of the worship service. This would be an excellent wrap-up to the series and a launch into the next series #SeeAllThePeople, which is all about putting God’s love into action out in the community and the world. Use the idea of love in your worship to bridge from this week into next week. Be sure to invite folks to join you for #SeeAllThePeople, which will take us all the way to Ash Wednesday.