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November 19, 2014

2015 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 […]

General Planning Articles
November 18, 2014

Planning Worship for the Season after Epiphany, Year B

By Taylor Burton-Edwards

Ritually, the Season after Epiphany begins with baptism and ends with Transfiguration. It thus portrays, in brief, the trajectory of […]

Sundays After Epiphany
September 8, 2014

Advent 2014 (Year B) - Advent 2015 Year C)

Year B at a Glance

General Planning Articles
September 29, 2014

A Litany in Response to UMCOR’s Call to Pray for Those Affected by the Ebola Epidemic

By The Rev. Frederick Yebuah

Today, O God, we especially lift up to you our brothers and sisters in Nigeria, Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone […]

Times of Crisis
August 22, 2014

Memory Reruns: A Prayer Poem

By The Rev. Jessica Lynn Ross

A prayer poem by the Rev. Jessica Lynn Ross in reflection on the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

21st Century Africana
August 13, 2014

2015 Worship & Music Planning Calendar

PDF document of lectionary readings for each Sunday in 2015, as well as special days and times throughout the year.   […]

General Music Articles
August 7, 2014

Planning for Advent 2014

This recorded webinar   provides an overview of key themes of the Season of Advent and the Scriptures we will […]

Worship, Preaching, and Music Webinar Archive
October 8, 2014

Planning for Advent, Year B (2014, 2017, 2020)

By Taylor Burton-Edwards, GBOD

The first Sunday of Advent in 2014 is November 30, and we move into Year B of the lectionary. During this year […]

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 […]

April 30, 2014

Exploring the Revised Common Lectionary

Taylor Burton-Edwards offers this presentation on the Revised Common Lectionary.  He explains what a lectionary is, why we use […]

General Planning Articles
April 22, 2014

Think Series! Worship Planning after Pentecost A

By Taylor Burton-Edwards

A seasonal planning guide for pastors and worship planning teams to help put the Season after Pentecost into   context […]

Sundays After Pentecost
April 10, 2014

How (and Why) Shall We Worship?

By L. Edward Phillips with Taylor Burton-Edwards

Ed Phillips and Taylor Burton-Edwards help us understand and use the various patterns of worship Wesleyan Christians have experienced to […]

Worship Matters