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Today is World Communion Sunday— The special offering for today supports scholarships for racial and ethnic minority United Methodists in the U.S. and worldwide. 

    References:

  • A Season of Saints Begins (through All Saints Day or Sunday)
  • Exodus 20:1–4, 7–9, 12–20
  • Psalm 19 (UMH 750)
  • Philippians 3:4b-14
  • (more...)

Disintegration, infidelity, and brokenness are conditions that call disciples of Jesus to fervent intercession. With today being Children’s Sabbath Sunday, the effects of these things on children’s lives may be front and center, or at least included as one focus in what you plan for worship today. 

    References:

  • Exodus 32:1–14
  • Psalm 106:1–6, 19–23 (UMH 829)
  • Philippians 4:1–9
  • Matthew 22:1–14

"God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work" (2 Corinthians 9:8).

    References:

  • Deuteronomy 8:7-1
  • Psalm 65 (UMH 789)
  • 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
  • Luke 17:11-19

Laity Sunday is an invitation for the whole church to remember that all the baptized, lay and clergy together, are the people of God. Our English word “laity” comes from the Greek word “laos” meaning, “people.” That same word lies at the root of another “worship word”— liturgy, which means “work of the people” (laos plus the Greek work, ergon—work). Worship every Sunday is to be “the work of the people”—a people of many gifts and differing roles. 

    References:

  • Exodus 33:12–23
  • Psalm 99 (UMH 819)
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:1–10
  • Matthew 22:15–22

Deuteronomy 34:1-12. Moses was allowed to see — but not enter — the Promised Land. He died in the land of Moab and was buried in an unknown burial place there. The Israelites mourned his death for thirty days.
Matthew 22:34-46. The Pharisees try to trap Jesus with a question: Which kind of commandment was the greatest? Jesus answers, and concludes his reply with questions for them about the identity of the Messiah. From that day, their questions ceased. 

    References:

  • Deuteronomy 34:1–12
  • Psalm 90:1–6, 13–17 (UMH 789)
  • 1 Thessalonians 2:1–8
  • Matthew 22:34–46

    References:

  • Revelation 7:9–17
  • Psalm 34:1–10, 22 (UMH 769)
  • 1 John 3:1–3
  • Matthew 5:1–121