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

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

by Mary Scifres, B J Beu


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ISBN-13: 9781501857768
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 03/07/2018
Edition description: Annual
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 217,275
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

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.

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.

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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

Introduction ix


January 1, 2019 Watch Night/New Year 1

January 6, 2019 Epiphany of the Lord 6

January 13, 2019 Baptism of the Lord 12

January 20, 2019 Second Sunday after the Epiphany 16

January 27, 2019 Third Sunday after the Epiphany 21


February 3, 2019 Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany 27

February 10, 2019 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany 32

February 17, 2019 Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany 39

February 24, 2019 Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany 44


March 3, 2019 Transfiguration Sunday 49

March 6, 2019 Ash Wednesday 53

March 10, 2019 First Sunday in Lent 57

March 17, 2019 Second Sunday in Lent 60

March 24, 2019 Third Sunday in Lent 65

March 31, 2019 Fourth Sunday in Lent 69


April 7, 2019 Fifth Sunday in Lent 74

April 14, 2019 Palm/Passion Sunday 79

April 18, 2019 Holy Thursday 83

April 19, 2019 Good Friday, A Service of Tenebrae 87

April 21, 2019 Easter Sunday 94

April 28, 2019 Second Sunday of Easter 98


May 5, 2019 Third Sunday of Easter 103

May 12, 2019 Fourth Sunday of Easter; Festival of the Christian Home/Mother's Day 109

May 19, 2019 Fifth Sunday of Easter 115

May 26, 2019 Sixth Sunday of Easter 119


June 2, 2019 Seventh Sunday of Easter 123

June 2, 2019 Ascension Day 128

June 9, 2019 Pentecost Sunday 133

June 16, 2019 Trinity Sunday, Father's Day 137

June 23, 2019 Second Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 7 142

June 30, 2019 Third Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 8 148


July 7, 2019 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 9 153

July 14, 2019 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 10 158

July 21, 2019 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 11 162

July 28, 2019 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 12 167


August 4, 2019 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 13 171

August 11, 2019 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 14 177

August 18, 2019 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 15 182

August 25, 2019 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 16 187


September 1, 2019 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 17 191

September 8, 2019 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 18 195

September 15, 2019 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 19 199

September 22, 2019 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 20 204

September 29, 2019 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 21 209


October 6, 2019 World Communion Sunday, Proper 22 214

October 13, 2019 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 23 218

October 20, 2019 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 24 222

October 27, 2019 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, Reformation Sunday, Proper 25 226


November 3, 2019 Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 26 231

November 10, 2019 Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 27 236

November 17, 2019 Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 28 241

November 24, 2019 Reign of Christ/Christ the King Sunday, Proper 29 246

November 28, 2019 Thanksgiving Day 250


December 1, 2019 First Sunday of Advent, Year A Begins 255

December 8, 2019 Second Sunday of Advent 260

December 15, 2019 Third Sunday of Advent 264

December 22, 2019 Fourth Sunday of Advent 269

December 24, 2019 Christmas Eve 273

December 25, 2019 Christmas Day 277

December 29, 2019 First Sunday after Christmas 282

Contributors 288


Scripture Index 291

Communion Liturgies Index 295

2019 Lectionary Calendar

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