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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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April 24, 2018

October 2018 Post-Pentecost Worship Planning Series

Job is a difficult book to read and interpret, even for the most advanced Biblical scholars, but focusing on the […]

Lent - Easter - Holy Week
April 24, 2018

November 2018 Post-Pentecost Worship Planning Series

Beginning with All Saints Sunday and ending with Reign of Christ Sunday (Christ the King Sunday), November is a time […]

Lent - Easter - Holy Week
September 30, 2018

Advent-Christmas-Epiphany 2018-19 Worship Planning Series

Advent marks the beginning of another year in the cycle of Scriptures that presents the narrative of the love of […]

Lent - Easter - Holy Week
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 10, 2017

2018 Revised Common Lectionary—Sundays & Special Days Only

One of our most popular worship planning resources, this 2-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