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Worship Planning

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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May 8, 2019

Season After Pentecost, Part 2 Worship Planning Series

Launch your new series well today! With a four-week story arc, the energy profile of the series is likely to […]

June 12, 2019

Season After Pentecost, Part 3 Worship Planning Series

“Joy: The Flip Side of Justice” is a three-week journey to the understanding that when we as God […]

July 15, 2019

Season After Pentecost, Part 4 Worship Planning Series

For the month of September, the "Season of Creation" worship series will focus thematically on the Lectionary readings from Jeremiah. […]

October 8, 2018

2019 Worship and Music Planning Calendar

This resource is a calendar of lectionary readings for each Sunday in 2019, as well as special days and times throughout […]

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Resources for Church Musicians
November 28, 2018

2019 Revised Common Lectionary - Sundays & Special Days Only

​One of our most popular worship planning resources, this two-page listing of Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) readings and liturgical colors […]

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Worship
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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Worship
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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Worship
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