Prepare! 2014-2015: An Ecumenical Music & Worship Planner

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An all-in-one resource that helps both the music director and pastor plan the worship services for each Sunday and holy day of the year, the 2014-2015 edition of Prepare! is lectionary-based and places at one's fingertips a calendar format that helps plan the entire choir year from September through August, with reproducible worship planning forms, suggestions for prayers, solos, anthems, visuals, and much more. Also included is the complete lectionary text of the Old Testament, Psalm, Epistle, and Gospel readings, using Common English Bible translation.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781426777448
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 2/18/2014
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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David L. Bone is Executive Director of The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Mary J. Scifres serves as a consultant in leadership, worship, and evangelism from her home in Laguna Beach, California, where she and her husband, B. J., reside with their son Michael. Her books include The Abingdon Worship Annual, The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner and its ecumenical counterpart Prepare!, and the worship evangelism book Searching for Seekers.

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Prepare! 2014â"2015

An Ecumenical Music and Worship Planner


By David L. Bone, Mary J. Scifres

Abingdon Press

Copyright © 2014 Abingdon Press
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4267-7744-8


CHAPTER 1

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014


Exodus 12:1-14

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, 2 "This month will be the first month; it will be the first month of the year for you. 3 Tell the whole Israelite community: On the tenth day of this month they must take a lamb for each household, a lamb per house. 4 If a household is too small for a lamb, it should share one with a neighbor nearby. You should divide the lamb in proportion to the number of people who will be eating it. 5 Your lamb should be a flawless year-old male. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6 You should keep close watch over it until the fourteenth day of this month. At twilight on that day, the whole assembled Israelite community should slaughter their lambs. 7 They should take some of the blood and smear it on the two doorposts and on the beam over the door of the houses in which they are eating. 8 That same night they should eat the meat roasted over the fire. They should eat it along with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 9 Don't eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over fire with its head, legs, and internal organs. 10 Don't let any of it remain until morning, and burn any of it left over in the morning. 11 This is how you should eat it. You should be dressed, with your sandals on your feet and your walking stick in your hand. You should eat the meal in a hurry. It is the Passover of the Lord. 12 I'll pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I'll strike down every oldest child in the land of Egypt, both humans and animals. I'll impose judgments on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. 13 The blood will be your sign on the houses where you live. Whenever I see the blood, I'll pass over you. No plague will destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

14 "This day will be a day of remembering for you. You will observe it as a festival to the Lord. You will observe it in every generation as a regulation for all time."


Psalm 149 [G550, N722, P257]

Praise the Lord

Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing God's praise in the assembly of the faithful!
2 Let Israel celebrate its maker;
let Zion's children rejoice in their king!
3 Let them praise God's name with dance;
let them sing God's praise with the drum and lyre!
4 Because the Lord is pleased with his people,
God will beautify the poor with saving help.
5 Let the faithful celebrate with glory;
let them shout for joy on their beds.
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouths
and a double-edged sword in their hands,
7 to get revenge against the nations
and punishment on the peoples,
8 binding their rulers in chains
and their officials in iron shackles,
9 achieving the justice
written against them.
That will be an honor for all God's faithful people.
Praise the Lord!


Romans 13:8-14

8 Don't be in debt to anyone, except for the obligation to love each other. Whoever loves another person has fulfilled the Law. 9 The commandments, Don't commit adultery, don't murder, don't steal, don't desire what others have, and any other commandments, are all summed up in one word: You must love your neighbor as yourself. 10 Love doesn't do anything wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is what fulfills the Law.

11 As you do all this, you know what time it is. The hour has already come for you to wake up from your sleep. Now our salvation is nearer than when we first had faith. 12 The night is almost over, and the day is near. So let's get rid of the actions that belong to the darkness and put on the weapons of light. 13 Let's behave appropriately as people who live in the day, not in partying and getting drunk, not in sleeping around and obscene behavior, not in fighting and obsession. 14 Instead, dress yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ, and don't plan to indulge your selfish desires.


Matthew 18:15-20

15 "If your brother or sister sins against you, go and correct them when you are alone together. If they listen to you, then you've won over your brother or sister. 16 But if they won't listen, take with you one or two others so that every word may be established by the mouth of two or three witnesses. 17 But if they still won't pay attention, report it to the church. If they won't pay attention even to the church, treat them as you would a Gentile and tax collector. 18 I assure you that whatever you fasten on earth will be fastened in heaven. And whatever you loosen on earth will be loosened in heaven. 19 Again I assure you that if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, then my Father who is in heaven will do it for you. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, I'm there with them."


COLOR: GREEN 13th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST


Primary Hymns and Songs for the Day

"We Are Called" (Rom) (O)
EL720, G749, S2172, SF2172
"Cantemos al Señor" ("Let's Sing unto the Lord") (Exod, Pss)
B38, C60, EL555, G669, N39, UM149
H-3 Chr-128; Org-129
S-2 #154. Performance note
"Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying" (Rom)
E61, EL436, G349, L31, P17, UM720 (PD), VU711, W371
H-3 Chr-174, 203; Org-172
"Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether" (Rom, Matt, Comm.)
C392, EL470, G529, N337, P504, UM632, VU479, W731
H-3 Chr-62
S-1 #337. Performance note
"Blest Be the Tie That Binds" (Matt) (C)
B387, C433, EL656, F560, G309, L370, N393, P438, UM557 (PD), VU602
H-3 Hbl-49; Chr-14; Desc-27; Org-25


Additional Hymn Suggestions

"Go Down, Moses" (Exod)
C663, E648, G52, N572, P334, UM448, W508
"God the Sculptor of the Mountains" (Exod)
EL736, G5, S2060, SF2060
"Lead On, O Cloud of Presence" (Exod)
C633, S2234, SF2234, VU421
"Deep in the Shadows of the Past" (Exod)
G50, N320, P330, S2246
"How Great Thou Art" (Pss)
B10, C33, EL856, F2, G625, L532, N35, P467, UM77, VU238
"Give Praise to the Lord" (Pss)
G550, P257 (PD), VU872
"I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light" (Rom)
E490, EL815, G377, UM206, W510
"Soldiers of Christ, Arise" (Rom)
E548, UM513 (PD)
"Awake, O Sleeper" (Rom)
E547, EL452, UM551, VU566, W586
"Healer of Our Every Ill" (Rom)
C506, EL612, G795, S2213, SF2213, VU619
"In Remembrance of Me" (Rom, Comm.)
B365, C403, G521, S2254
"Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" (Rom, Matt)
B208, C517, E657, EL631, F21, N43, P376, UM384 (PD), VU333, W588
"Lord, I Want to Be a Christian" (Rom, Matt)
B489, C589, F421, G729, N454, P372 (PD), UM402
"The Gift of Love" (Rom, Matt)
B423, C526, G693, P335, UM408, VU372
"Where Charity and Love Prevail" (Rom, Matt)
E581, EL359, G316, L126, N396, UM549
"Help Us Accept Each Other" (Rom, Matt)
C487, G754, N388, P358, UM560, W656
"I Come with Joy" (Rom, Matt, Comm.)
B371, C420, E304, EL482, G515, N349, P507, UM617, VU477, W726
"Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive" (Matt)
E674, EL605, G444, L307, P347, R184, UM390, VU364
"Here Am I" (Matt)
C654, S2178, SF2178


Additional Contemporary Suggestions

"I Will Enter His Gates" (Exod, Pss)
S2270, SF2270, SP168
"We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise" (Exod, Pss)
S2031, SF2031, SP1
"As It Is in Heaven" (Pss, Lord's Prayer)
M241
"I Could Sing of Your Love Forever" (Pss, Rom)
M63
"Jesu, Jesu" (Rom)
B501, C600, E602, EL708, G203, N498, P367, UM432, VU593, W431; S-1 #63 Vocal part
"Make Us One" (Rom)
S2224, SF2224, SP137
"Freedom Is Coming" (Rom)
G359, S2192, SF2192
"Blessed Be Your Name" (Rom)
WS3002, M163
"Walking in the Light of God" (Rom)
WS3163
"Make Me a Channel of Your Peace" (Rom, Matt)
G753, S2171, SF2171, VU684
"Live in Charity" ("Ubi Caritas") (Rom, Matt)
C523, EL642, G205, S2179, SF2179, W604
"They'll Know We Are Christians" (Rom, Matt)
C494, G300, S2223, SF2223
"Bind Us Together" (Rom, Matt) (C)
S2226, SF2226, SP140
"As We Gather" (Matt)
SP240
"Dwell" (Matt)
M154


Vocal Solos

"Sing a Song of Joy" (Pss)
V-4 p. 2
"Make Me a Channel of Your Peace" (Rom, Matt)
V-3 p. 25
"Cord of Three Strands" (Matt)
V-5(3) p. 10


Anthems

"Cantate Domino" (Pss)
Becki Slagle Mayo; Choristers Guild CGA1327
Unison/2-part with piano and opt. oboe and Handbells
"At the Table of the Lord" (Comm.)
Jay Althouse: Hope C5849
Two-part mixed with piano (SATB C5180; SAB 5336)


Other Suggestions

Visuals:

O Sin/salvation (black/gold), darkness/light, lamp, candles, Passover meal, lamb, blood, wine/bread

P Dancing figures, tambourine, lyre

E Paschal Lamb, portrait of Christ

E/G Reconciliation, bridges, alarm clock

G Worship, reconciliation, joined hands, four hands folded in prayer

Prayer: UM412. Prayer of John Chrysostom (Matt)

Baptism Response: EL211, G491, UM609, VU452, W112. "You Have Put on Christ" (Rom)

Response: C523, EL642, G205, S2179, SF2179, W604. "Live in Charity" ("Ubi Caritas") (Rom)

Alt. Lessons: Eze 33:7-11; Ps 119:33-40 (see p. 3)


SEPTEMBER 14, 2014

Exodus 14:19-31

19 God's messenger, who had been in front of Israel's camp, moved and went behind them. The column of cloud moved from the front and took its place behind them. 20 It stood between Egypt's camp and Israel's camp. The cloud remained there, and when darkness fell it lit up the night. They didn't come near each other all night.

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord pushed the sea back by a strong east wind all night, turning the sea into dry land. The waters were split into two. 22 The Israelites walked into the sea on dry ground. The waters formed a wall for them on their right hand and on their left. 23 The Egyptians chased them and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh's horses, chariots, and cavalry. 24 As morning approached, the Lord looked down on the Egyptian camp from the column of lightning and cloud and threw the Egyptian camp into a panic. 25 The LORD jammed their chariot wheels so that they wouldn't turn easily. The Egyptians said, "Let's get away from the Israelites, because the LORD is fighting for them against Egypt!"

26 Then the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the water comes back and covers the Egyptians, their chariots, and their cavalry." 27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. At daybreak, the sea returned to its normal depth. The Egyptians were driving toward it, and the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. 28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the cavalry, Pharaoh's entire army that had followed them into the sea. Not one of them remained. 29 The Israelites, however, walked on dry ground through the sea. The waters formed a wall for them on their right hand and on their left.

30 The Lord rescued Israel from the Egyptians that day. Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31 Israel saw the amazing power of the Lord against the Egyptians. The people were in awe of the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.


Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21

I will sing to the LORD, for an overflowing victory!
Horse and rider he threw into the sea!
2 The Lord is my strength and my power;
he has become my salvation.
This is my God, whom I will praise,
the God of my ancestors, whom I will acclaim....

20 Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand. All the women followed her playing tambourines and dancing. 21 Miriam sang the refrain back to them:

Sing to the Lord, for an overflowing victory! Horse and rider he threw into the sea!


Romans 14:1-12

Welcome the person who is weak in faith—but not in order to argue about differences of opinion. 2 One person believes in eating everything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 3 Those who eat must not look down on the ones who don't, and the ones who don't eat must not judge the ones who do, because God has accepted them. 4 Who are you to judge someone else's servants? They stand or fall before their own Lord (and they will stand, because the Lord has the power to make them stand). 5 One person considers some days to be more sacred than others, while another person considers all days to be the same. Each person must have their own convictions. 6 Someone who thinks that a day is sacred, thinks that way for the Lord. Those who eat, eat for the Lord, because they thank God. And those who don't eat, don't eat for the Lord, and they thank the Lord too. 7 We don't live for ourselves and we don't die for ourselves. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to God. 9 This is why Christ died and lived: so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living. 10 But why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you look down on your brother or sister? We all will stand in front of the judgment seat of God. 11 Because it is written,

As I live, says the Lord,
every knee will bow to me,
and every tongue will give praise to God.

12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.


Matthew 18:21-35

21 Then Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, how many times should I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Should I forgive as many as seven times?"

22 Jesus said, "Not just seven times, but rather as many as seventy-seven times. 23 Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began to settle accounts, they brought to him a servant who owed him ten thousand bags of gold. 25 Because the servant didn't have enough to pay it back, the master ordered that he should be sold, along with his wife and children and everything he had, and that the proceeds should be used as payment. 26 But the servant fell down, kneeled before him, and said, 'Please, be patient with me, and I'll pay you back.' 27 The master had compassion on that servant, released him, and forgave the loan.

28 "When that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him one hundred coins. He grabbed him around the throat and said, 'Pay me back what you owe me.'

29 "Then his fellow servant fell down and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I'll pay you back.' 30 But he refused. Instead, he threw him into prison until he paid back his debt.

31 "When his fellow servants saw what happened, they were deeply offended. They came and told their master all that happened. 32 His master called the first servant and said, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you appealed to me. 33 Shouldn't you also have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?' 34 His master was furious and handed him over to the guard responsible for punishing prisoners, until he had paid the whole debt.

35 "My heavenly Father will also do the same to you if you don't forgive your brother or sister from your heart."


COLOR: GREEN 14th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Primary Hymns and Songs for the Day

"Lead On, O Cloud of Presence" (Exod) (O)
C633, S2234, SF2234, VU421
H-3 Hbl-74; Chr-123; Desc-64; Org-71
S-1 #9-197. Various treatments
"Cantemos al Señor" ("Let's Sing unto the Lord") (Exod, Canticle)
B38, C60, EL555, G669, N39, UM149
H-3 Chr-128; Org-129
S-2 #154. Performance note
"God, How Can We Forgive" (Rom, Matt)
G445, S2169, SF2169
H-3 Hbl-62, 95; Chr-59; Org-77
S-1 #211. Harm.
"Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive" (Matt)
E674, EL605, G444, L307, P347, R184, UM390, VU364, W754
H-3 Chr-68; Desc-28; Org-27
S-1 #85. Choral Harm.
"Pues Si Vivimos" ("When We Are Living") (Rom) (C)
C536, EL639, G822, N499, P400, UM356, VU581
S-1 #320. Orff Instr. Arr.
H-3 Chr-218; Org-155


Additional Hymn Suggestions

"Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain" (Exod) (O)
C215, E199, EL363, G234, L132, N230, P115, UM315 (PD), VU165, W456
"Go Down, Moses" (Exod)
C663, E648, G52, N572, P334, UM448, W508
"God the Sculptor of the Mountains" (Exod)
EL736, G5, S2060, SF2060
"Wade in the Water" (Exod, Baptism)
C371, EL459 (PD), S2107, SF2107
"Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness" (Exod)
C249, EL396, G291, N286, P319, S2120, VU375
"In the Midst of New Dimensions" (Exod)
G315, N391, S2238, SF2238
"Deep in the Shadows of the Past" (Exod)
G50, N320, P330, S2246
"All Praise to Thee, for Thou, O King Divine" (Rom)
B229, E477, UM166, VU327
"At the Name of Jesus" (Rom)
B198, E435, EL416, F351, G264, L179, P148, UM168, VU335, W499
"In Thee Is Gladness" (Rom)
EL867, L552, UM169 (PD)
"Lord, Speak to Me" (Rom) (C)
B568, EL676, F625, G722, L403, N531, P426, UM463 (PD), VU589
"There's a Wideness in God's Mercy" (Rom, Matt)
B25, C73, E470, EL587/88F115, G435, L290, N23, P298, UM121, VU271, W595
"O How I Love Jesus" (Rom, Matt)
B217, C99, F634, N52, UM170 (PD)
"The Lord's Prayer" (Matt)
C308, G464, P589, UM271
"My Hope Is Built" (Matt)
B406, C537, EL596/597, F92, G353, L293/294, N368, P379, UM368 (PD)
"Lord, I Want to Be a Christian" (Matt)
B489, C589, F421, G729, N454, P372 (PD), UM402
"Help Us Accept Each Other" (Matt)
C487, G754, N388, P358, UM560, W656
"Come, Share the Lord" (Matt, Comm.)
C408, G510, S2269, SF2269, VU469


(Continues...)

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