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Parents’ Prayer (“O Lord, May We Who Love So Deep”)

Jim Strathdee’s "Parents' Prayer" hymn speaks to the love, hopes, prayers, and wishes parents have for their children.


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Think Series! Worship Planning after Pentecost A

A seasonal planning guide for pastors and worship planning teams to help put the Season after Pentecost into context and help planners decide how to develop series-based worship from June through November 2014.


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The Chief of Sinners

Words by Nickolas Campbell, 2014
Music: tune, HE LEADETH ME, by William Bradbury, 1864


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Go to Dark Gethsemane

Words by James Montgomery, 1825, alt. Music: tune, TOPLADY, by Thomas Hastings, 1830 Topics: Lent; Holy Week; Good Friday; crucifixion; resurrection

This is a new joining of the familiar Good Friday text with the familiar TOPLADY tune.


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History of Hymns: “Easter People, Raise Your Voices”

"Easter People, Raise Your Voices"
William M. James
The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 304


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Keeping Easter Season in Year A

Historically, Lent and Eastertide have been all about discipling people in the way of Jesus and sending them into ministry in his name. The primary purpose of Lent has been to help people begin to live the way of Jesus as they prepare to receive baptism or reaffirm the baptismal covenant at the Easter Vigil or on Easter morning. Eastertide picks up where Lent leaves off.  It helps those schooled in living Christ's way during Lent both to understand what has happened to them in baptism, what it means to be part of the body of Christ, and to begin to take their place as ministers in Christ's name and in the power of the Holy Spirit who has given each gifts for ministry.


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How (and Why) Shall We Worship?

Ed Phillips and Taylor Burton-Edwards help us understand and use the various patterns of worship Wesleyan Christians have experienced to develop coherent worship that most fully expresses who we are in our contexts today.


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How to Worship in Multicultural Congregations

A multicultural worship service is a combination of different languages, features, symbols, and cultural distinctives. One chief characteristic of multicultural worship is variety of music, format, participants, style, visuals, and languages. Variety is unavoidable, for there must be a mixture and a proper blending of these qualities in a worship experience that seeks to serve people who come from various countries and cultural backgrounds.


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Communion Musical Responses (McIntyre)

Arranged by Dean McIntyre
Tune: W ZLOBIE LEZY, Polish carol

This tune appears twice in The United Methodist Hymnal, once in the Christmas section as "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly," no. 229, and once in the Easter section as "Christ Is Risen! Shout Hosanna!," no. 307. Thus, this musical arrangement of the three musical responses for the liturgy for Holy Communion is appropriate for either season.


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The Work of Visual Artists in Worship

What is visual about worship? Perhaps the question should be, "What is not visual about worship? Of course, the spiritual aspects of worship, the sounds of music and spoken word, the aromas, and mystery of God’s presence are not visual. But is not the impact of the nonvisual dimensions of worship and the proclamation of the Word strengthened or weakened by the visual in worship?


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April 27, 2014
Second Sunday of Easter

Read the texts online at the Vanderbilt Divinity Library:

Acts 2:14a, 22–32
Psalm 16 (UMH 748)
1 Peter 1:3–9
John 20:19–31

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Upcoming Special Occasions & Dates in the Liturgical Calendar

May 1, 2014
Older Adult Recognition Day

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April 24, 2014
SPRC: Your Role When the Pastor Changes

Nearly one-third of all United Methodist congregations change pastors each year, but it may have been a while since YOUR congregation changed pastors. This training for Staff Parish Committees and other laity will offer tips and remind you of your responsibilities in this process.

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm, Central Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour
Presenter: Betsey Heavner
For more information, Betsey Heavner, bheavner@gbod.org