The Abingdon Worship Annual 2019: Worship Planning Resources for Every Sunday of the Year

The Abingdon Worship Annual 2019: Worship Planning Resources for Every Sunday of the Year

by B. J. Beu, Mary Scifres

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The Abingdon Worship Annual 2019 (AWA 2019) offers fresh worship planning resources for all who plan and implement weekly worship. Worship leaders "need to offer prayers, prepare an order of worship, select music, and even prepare a sermon. Into that weekly task, we offer this resource to strengthen your ability to lead creatively and prepare consistently." Liturgies and prayers are also included for New Year’s Day, Ascension Day, All Saints Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Eve.

Using a theme based on the lectionary readings from the Common English Bible, each week’s offering of prayers and litanies follows a basic pattern of Christian worship:

  • Invitation and Gathering
  • Proclamation and Response
  • Thanksgiving and Communion
  • Sending Forth

With the purchase of the print book, the entire resource text is available in downloadable, searchable PDF format.

Now more than ever, The Abingdon Worship Annual is a must-have sourcebook offering countless opportunities for planning meaningful and insightful worship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501857775
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 406 KB

About the Author

B. J. Beu has served churches in the United Church of Christ for the past twenty years. Beyond his work on this resource, he has contributed sermons to The Abingdon Preaching Annual, developed and led worship services for his conference’s Annual Gathering, and served on the worship team for the UCC’s General Synod in 2013. A graduate of Boston University and Pacific Lutheran University, he is passionate about creative worship, preaching, and advocating for peace and justice. B. J. lives in Laguna Beach, California.
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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January 1, 2019

Watch Night/New Year

Joanne Carlson Brown



Scripture Readings

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13; Psalm 8; Revelation 21:1-6a; Matthew 25:31-46

Theme Ideas

This is a time of new beginnings — a time to reflect on the promises of newness and possibilities — God is making all things new. It is also a time to reflect on the fact that there is a time for everything under heaven. We are called to renew our covenant with God — the covenant to be the people God calls us to be — to be God's hands and feet in the world; and to bring the message that in God's realm, there is comfort, love, justice and a chance to begin anew.

Invitation and Gathering

Centering Words (Eccl 3)

There is a time and a season for every purpose under heaven.

Call to Worship (Ps 8)

Come, people of God. Come and worship our God.
— Or —

Call to Worship (Rev 21)

This is the day of new beginnings.
Opening Prayer (Eccl 3)

O God of all seasons and purposes under heaven,
Help us to remember that no matter what happens,
May we always live in such a way
Proclamation and Response

Prayer of Confession (Matt 25)

Ever present, ever loving God,
Words of Assurance (Matt 25)

Our God is a God of compassion and love,
Passing the Peace

This is a season of peace — a season of hopeful expectation as we enter the coming year. Let us share signs of the promise of this season as we pass the peace of Christ. (B. J. Beu)

Response to the Word (Eccl 3)

For everything there is a season.
Thanksgiving and Communion

Offering Prayer (Isa 63, Ps 65, Heb 2, Matt 2)

Ever-loving God, we come to this new year
Sending Forth

Benediction (Eccl 3)

Go forth, rejoicing that our God is with us
— Or —

Benediction (Rev 21)

Go forth into the new year, trusting in God's promises.

January 6, 2019

Epiphany of the Lord

Deborah Sokolove



Scripture Readings

Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

Theme Ideas

God is not limited by time or space. The good news of Christ is available to everyone. Like Paul who came to know Christ in a vision, or the Magi who followed a star to the birthplace of Jesus, we are called to witness to the love and goodness of God in every time and place, by caring for all who are in need.

Invitation and Gathering

Centering Words (Isa 60)

Arise, shine, for your light has come. The glory of God's goodness and grace has risen upon you that you may show God's love in all that you do. Arise, shine, for your light has come.

Call to Worship (Isa 60, Eph 3, Matt 2)

Arise, shine, for your light has come,
Opening Prayer (Isa 60, Eph 3, Matt 2)

Bright, shining Maker of visions and dreams,
Proclamation and Response

Prayer of Confession (Isa 60, Ps 72, Matt 2)

Holy Protector of all who are in need,
Words of Assurance (Isa 60, Matt 2)

The Holy One fills us with the brightness of Christ,
Passing the Peace of Christ (Isa 60)

Rejoicing in the brightness of God's blessings, let us share signs of peace.
Response to the Word (Matt 2)

Holy God of life and grace, we give you thanks
Thanksgiving and Communion

Offering Prayer (Matt 2:1-12)

Bright, shining Maker of visions and dreams,

Great Thanksgiving
It is a right, good and joyful thing,
And so, with your creatures on earth
Holy are you, and holy is your child, Jesus Christ,
And so, in remembrance of your mighty acts
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us
Sending Forth

Benediction (Isa 60, Matt 2)

Like the Magi who followed the star,

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Table of Contents

January 1, 2019 Watch Night/New Year,
January 6, 2019 Epiphany of the Lord,
January 13, 2019 Baptism of the Lord,
January 20, 2019 Second Sunday after the Epiphany,
January 27, 2019 Third Sunday after the Epiphany,
February 3, 2019 Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany,
February 10, 2019 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany,
February 17, 2019 Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany,
February 24, 2019 Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany,
March 3, 2019 Transfiguration Sunday,
March 6, 2019 Ash Wednesday,
March 10, 2019 First Sunday in Lent,
March 17, 2019 Second Sunday in Lent,
March 24, 2019 Third Sunday in Lent,
March 31, 2019 Fourth Sunday in Lent,
April 7, 2019 Fifth Sunday in Lent,
April 14, 2019 Palm/Passion Sunday,
April 18, 2019 Holy Thursday,
April 19, 2019 Good Friday, A Service of Tenebrae,
April 21, 2019 Easter Sunday,
April 28, 2019 Second Sunday of Easter,
May 5, 2019 Third Sunday of Easter,
May 12, 2019 Fourth Sunday of Easter; Festival of the Christian Home/Mother's Day,
May 19, 2019 Fifth Sunday of Easter,
May 26, 2019 Sixth Sunday of Easter,
June 2, 2019 Seventh Sunday of Easter,
June 2, 2019 Ascension Day,
June 9, 2019 Pentecost Sunday,
June 16, 2019 Trinity Sunday, Father's Day,
June 23, 2019 Second Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 7,
June 30, 2019 Third Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 8,
July 7, 2019 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 9,
July 14, 2019 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 10,
July 21, 2019 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 11,
July 28, 2019 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 12,
August 4, 2019 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 13,
August 11, 2019 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 14,
August 18, 2019 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 15,
August 25, 2019 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 16,
September 1, 2019 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 17,
September 8, 2019 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 18,
September 15, 2019 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 19,
September 22, 2019 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 20,
September 29, 2019 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 21,
October 6, 2019 World Communion Sunday, Proper 22,
October 13, 2019 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 23,
October 20, 2019 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 24,
October 27, 2019 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, Reformation,
Sunday, Proper 25,
November 3, 2019 Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 26,
November 10, 2019 Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 27,
November 17, 2019 Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 28,
November 24, 2019 Reign of Christ/Christ the King Sunday, Proper 29,
November 28, 2019 Thanksgiving Day,
December 1, 2019 First Sunday of Advent, Year A Begins,
December 8, 2019 Second Sunday of Advent,
December 15, 2019 Third Sunday of Advent,
December 22, 2019 Fourth Sunday of Advent,
December 24, 2019 Christmas Eve,
December 25, 2019 Christmas Day,
December 29, 2019 First Sunday after Christmas,
Scripture Index,
Communion Liturgies Index,
2019 Lectionary Calendar,

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