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Discipleship Ministries provides worship leaders with quality United Methodist music, liturgy, and preaching resources for faithful and vital local church worship. We are committed to working with worship and music leaders throughout the church. Resources, toll-free telephone lines, websites, conferences, conversations, consultations, workshops -- these are ways we seek to be available as partners with you in making disciples for Jesus Christ.

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August 1, 2017

Habits of Hospitality — Series Overview

In this three-week series, the theme of each service builds on the theme of the one before. First, before anything […]

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Habits of Hospitality
September 15, 2017

Season of Saints 2017 — Series Overview

This year, rather than holding a Season of Saints as lead-in to All Saints, we’re following the lectionary […]

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Season of Saints 2017
October 3, 2017

Advent through Christmas Season 2017 — Series Overview

This year’s Advent and Christmas Season series embraces the secular seasonal metaphor of homecoming to wrap the challenging […]

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2017 Advent/Christmas Worship Planning Series
November 15, 2016

2017 Revised Common Lectionary—Sundays & Special Days Only

The Rev. Cynthia T. Hinson, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Conroe, TX, offers this 2-page listing of Revised Common Lectionary […]

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April 7, 2017

When and How are Revised Common Lectionary Readings Related?

By Taylor Burton-Edwards

This simple chart outlines when and how the readings of the Revised Common Lectionary are related to each other: DOWNLOAD […]

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Worship
March 2, 2017

The Meaning of Baptism in the United Methodist Church

The Meaning of Baptism in The United Methodist Church is a new companion booklet to By Water and […]

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Baptism
January 5, 2017

Thinking about adding or changing a worship service?

Before swatting at the potential hornet's nest of tweaking or adding a worship service, consider the issues involved in […]

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September 16, 2016

2017 Worship & Music Planning Calendar

PDF document of lectionary readings for each Sunday in 2017, as well as special days and times throughout the year. For […]

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General Music Articles
April 25, 2016

Three Ways to Celebrate Advent and Christmas Season Fully

By Taylor Burton-Edwards

We all know there is much competition for attention between Advent and Christmas Season (Advent 1 through Epiphany, January 6) and the […]

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November 18, 2016

Services for the Ordering of Ministry in The United Methodist Church, 2017-2020

By Taylor Burton Edwards

This edition of Services for the Ordering of Ministry in The United Methodist Church marks a significant evolution in […]

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Worship
March 10, 2016

“And When the Strife is Fierce, the Warfare Long”: A Season of Saints for 2016 (Year C)

By Taylor Burton-Edwards

During this cycle of “A Season of Saints,” we invite you and your worshiping community to take the […]

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Sundays After Pentecost
September 3, 2015

Litany for Vigilance Against Racism

A Litany by Bishop Adam J. Richardson, Jr. of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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Times of Crisis
May 1, 2014

12 Simple Rules on What to Wear, What Not to Wear: UMC Edition

By Taylor Burton-Edwards

I recently received a request on the UMC Worship Facebook group for some simple, straightforward guidance about clergy vestments in […]

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