Prepare! 2017-2018 NRSV Edition: An Ecumenical Music & Worship Planner

Prepare! 2017-2018 NRSV Edition: An Ecumenical Music & Worship Planner

by Mary Scifres

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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 2017-2018 edition of Prepare! is lectionary-based and places everything at your fingertips:

  • Calendar format that helps you plan the entire choir year, from September through August.
  • Eight or more suggested hymns for each service keyed to 16 hymnals from at least 7 different denominations, including: The Africana Hymnal, The Baptist Hymnal, Chalice Hymnal (Disciples of Christ), The Faith We Sing, Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal, The Hymnal 1982 (Episcopal), Hymns for the Family of God, Lutheran Book of Worship, The Presbyterian Hymnal, The New Century Hymnal (United Church of Christ), Renew! Songs & Hymns for Blended Worship, Songs for Praise and Worship Singalong Edition, The United Methodist Hymnal, Voices United, Worship & Song, and Worship
    (Roman Catholic).
  • Complete lectionary text of the Old Testament, Psalm, Epistle, and Gospel readings, using the New Revised Standard translation.
  • Reproducible worship planning forms.
  • Resources for holidays and special days.
  • Suggestions for prayers, solos, anthems, visuals, and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501839092
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

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

Mary Scifres is a United Methodist pastor, teacher, and consultant who inspires and equips twenty-first-century leaders in creative worship, church growth, visioning, and strategic planning. She is co-author of The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner and its ecumenical counterpart, Prepare!, and author of the worship evangelism book Searching for Seekers. A graduate of Boston University, she holds both the Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Music degrees. Mary lives in Laguna Beach, California.

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Prepare! 2017-2018 NRSV Edition

An Ecumenical Music and Worship Planner 2017â"2018

By David L. Bone, Mary J. Scifres

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ISBN: 978-1-5018-3910-8



Exodus 3:1-15

1 Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. 3 Then Moses said, "I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up." 4 When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am." 5 Then he said, "Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground." 6 He said further, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

7 Then the Lord said, "I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, 8 and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9 The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. 10 So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt." 11 But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" 12 He said, "I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain."

13 But Moses said to God, "If I come to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?" 14 God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." He said further, "Thus you shall say to the Israelites, 'I AM has sent me to you.'" 15 God also said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the Israelites, 'The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you':

This is my name forever, and this my title for all generations.

Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c [G59, N691, UM828]

1 O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples.

2 Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works.

3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

4 Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.

5 Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he has uttered,

6 O offspring of his servant Abraham, children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

23 Then Israel came to Egypt; Jacob lived as an alien in the land of Ham.

24 And the Lord made his people very fruitful, and made them stronger than their foes,

25 whose hearts he then turned to hate his people, to deal craftily with his servants.

26 He sent his servant Moses, and Aaron whom he had chosen.

45c Praise the Lord!

Romans 12:9-21

9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." 20 No, "if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads." 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Matthew 16:21-28

21 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, "God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you." 23 But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things."

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?

27 "For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. 28 Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."



Primary Hymns and Songs for the Day

"The God of Abraham Praise" (Exod) (O) B34, C24, E401, EL831, F332, G49, L544, N24, P488, UM116 (PD), VU255, W537

H-3 Hb1-62, 95; Chr-59; Org-77 S-1 #211. Harm.

"Go Down, Moses" (Exod) C663, E648, G52, N572, P334, UM448, W508 H-3 Chr-215; Org-46

"In the Desert, on God's Mountain" (Exod) WS3029

"I Have Decided to Follow Jesus" (Matt) B305, C344, S2129, SF2129

"Walk with Me" (Exod, Matt) S2242, SF2242, VU649

"Take Up Thy Cross" (Matt) (C) B494, EL667, G718, L398, N204, P393, UM415, VU561

Additional Hymn Suggestions

"Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty" (Exod) B2, C4, E362, F323, EL413, G1, L165, N277, P138, UM64 and UM65, VU315, W485

"Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain" (Exod) C215, E199, EL363, G234, L132, N230, P115, UM315 (PD), VU165, W456

"God of Grace and God of Glory" (Exod) B395, C464, E594/E595, EL705, F528, G307, L415, N436, P420, UM577, VU686

"Deep in the Shadows of the Past" (Exod) N320, P330, S2246

"Praise God for This Holy Ground" (Exod) G405, WS3009

"This Is a Day of New Beginnings" (Rom) B370, C518, N417, UM383, W661

"Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive" (Rom) E674, EL605, G444, L307, P347, UM390, VU364

"Cuando El Pobre" ("When the Poor Ones") (Rom) C662, EL725, G762, P407, UM434, VU702

"Healer of Our Every Ill" (Rom) C506, EL612, G795, S2213, SF2213, VU619

"In Remembrance of Me" (Rom, Comm.) B365, C403, G521, S2254

"Fill My Cup, Lord" (Rom, Comm.) C351, F481, UM641 (refrain only), WS3093

"Holy Spirit, Truth Divine" (Rom, Matt) C241, EL398, L257, N63, P321, UM465 (PD), VU368

"Be Still, My Soul" (Rom, Matt) C566, F77, N488, G819, UM534, VU652

"Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service" (Rom, Matt) C461, E610, EL712, L423, UM581, W630

"Beneath the Cross of Jesus" (Matt) B291, C197, E498, EL338, F253, G216, L107, N190, P92, UM297 (PD), VU135

"Where He Leads Me" (Matt) B288, C346, F607, UM338 (PD)

"Take My Life, and Let It Be" (Matt) B277/B283, C609, E707, EL583/EL685, L406, P391, N448, UM399 (PD), VU506

"I Am Thine, O Lord" (Matt) B290, C601, F455, N455, UM419 (PD)

"Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone" (Matt) B475, F504, SF2112, UM424 (PD)

"More Love to Thee, O Christ" (Matt) B473, C527, F476, G828, N456, P359, UM453 (PD)

"Nearer, My God, to Thee" (Matt) B458, C577, N606, UM528 (PD), VU497 (Fr.)

"This Is the Spirit's Entry Now" (Matt, Baptism) EL448, L195, UM608, VU451, W722

"Living for Jesus" (Matt) B282, C610, F462, S2149, SF2149

Additional Contemporary Suggestions

"We Will Glorify" (Exod) B213, S2087, SF2087, SP68

"Holy Ground" (Exod) B224, C112, G406, S2272, SF2272, SP86

"Awesome in This Place" (Exod) M36

"In the Lord I'll Be Ever Thankful" (Pss) G654, S2195, SF2195

"Goodness Is Stronger than Evil" (Rom) EL721, G750, S2219, SF2219

"Make Me a Channel of Your Peace" (Rom) G753, S2171, SF2171, VU684

"The Servant Song" (Rom) C490, EL659, G727, N539, S2222, SF2222, VU595

"They'll Know We Are Christians" (Rom) C494, G300, S2223, SF2223

"Bind Us Together" (Rom) S2226, SF2226, SP140

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

"Feed Us, Lord" (Rom, Comm) G501, WS3167

"Every Move I Make" (Matt) M122

"Everyday" (Matt) M150

"The Wonderful Cross" (Matt) M76

Vocal Solos

"In Remembrance" (Rom, Comm.) V-5(2) p. 7

"May the Mind of Christ" (Rom) V-8 p. 114

"Nothing ... Everything" (Matt) V-8 p. 162

"Here I Am" (Matt) V-11 p. 19


"Love Shall Overcome" (Rom) Carlos Colón-Quintana; MorningStar 50-8715 SATB, with Piano, opt. Clarinet or C -Instrument

"Take Up Your Cross" (Matt) Arr. Jonathan Shippey; Hinshaw HMC2073 2-part mixed, piano, opt. hammered dulcimer

Other Suggestions

Visual Suggestions

O sandals, burning bush, mountain, milk/honey, 3:14

P musical notes, singing

E images of love overcoming hate, service to others,

G self-denial, sandals (follow me), (stumbling) block

Introit: WS3047. "God Almighty, We Are Waiting" (Exod) Offertory Prayer: WSL103. "Blessed God" (Rom) Benediction: WS3159. "Let Our Earth Be Peaceful" (Rom) Alternate Lessons: Jer 15:15-21, Ps 26:1-8 (see p. 3)


SEPTEMBER 10, 2017

Exodus 12:1-14

1 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: 2 This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. 3 Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. 4 If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6 You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. 7 They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8 They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 9 Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. 10 You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. 11 This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the Lord. 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. 13 The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

14 This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.

Psalm 149 [G550, N722, P257]

1 Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the faithful.

2 Let Israel be glad in its Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King.

3 Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre.

4 For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with victory.

5 Let the faithful exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their couches.

6 Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands,

7 to execute vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples,

8 to bind their kings with fetters and their nobles with chains of iron,

9 to execute on them the judgment decreed. This is glory for all his faithful ones. Praise the Lord!

Romans 13:8-14

8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, "You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet"; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, "Love your neighbor as yourself." 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.

11 Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12 the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13 let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Matthew 18:15-20

15 "If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. 16 But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19 Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them."



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 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

"Sing a New Song to the Lord" (Pss) S2045, SF2045, W550

"Give Praise to the Lord" (Pss) G550, P257 (PD), VU872

"Sing of the Lord's Goodness" (Pss) WS3010

"I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light" (Rom) E490, EL815, G377, UM206, W510

"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, UM390, VU364

"Here Am I" (Matt) C654, S2178, SF2178


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