Third Sunday After the Epiphany 2018 — Planning Notes
January 21, 2018 (Year B)
Move | RISE UP!
Leccionario en Español, Leccionario Común Revisado: Consulta Sobre Textos Comunes.
Lectionnaire en français, Le Lectionnaire Œcuménique Révisé
From today to February 4, the color is green.
February 11 (Transfiguration) is white and gold.
Beginning Ash Wednesday (February 14), the color is purple.
March 2 World Day of Prayer
March 11 UMCOR Sunday
Daylight Saving Time Change Song (Spring) (USA)
March 25 Passion/Palm Sunday
Holy Week Series Begins
March 29 Maundy/Holy Thursday
March 30 Good Friday
March 31 Holy Saturday (until Sundown)
Easter Eve/Easter Vigil (after Sundown)
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.
For your Planning Team
Planning This Service
It’s week three in this six-week series. We’re now moving into “mid-series” in this six-week season. The core task mid-series is to sustain the series energy and and continue to develop the thematic thread. Energy always matters, but mid-series, it’s development of the theme that tends to matter more.
There are two primary kinds of movement in this week’s Scripture reading from Jonah. One is physical movement. Jonah moves from Spain to Iraq, and then keeps moving a full day’s journey into the heart of Nineveh. The other movement is the dramatic acts of repentance by the people and even the livestock of Nineveh. Instead of facing being overturned, as Jonah’s prophecy announced, they instead turned over a new leaf. In a way, one might propose even a third kind of movement, God’s own movement of intention concerning Nineveh from judgment toward mercy in light of their repentance.
The core response to today’s theme is found in the prayers of the people. Prayer becomes the primary way we begin to embody the action of “Move” in worship today. We pray with people who must move, or are called to move, or who by their position are involved in moving others. We also pray for ourselves, for the Spirit’s work to move us all from captivity to sin toward perfection in love in this life. We posit this as a possible altar call, a call to come forward to pray, as the response to the bidding prayer shifts from unison spoken response to ensemble and congregational singing.
Additional Resources for this Service
Ecumenical Prayer Cycle: (Click link to find countries for this week when they are posted)