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Series for the Season

Growing in Grace: A four-week series to get your church education plans off to a great start, page 1 of 2

Another September rolls around. If you’re a typical worship and liturgy planner, you’re probably thinking, “We really ought to highlight the beginning of another season of education.” On the heels of that thought comes another: “We need to commission our education leaders. Where do we find a liturgy for that?” You might rummage through your files, hoping to cobble something together. And that may be the end of it, at least until next September.

Growing in Grace: A four-week series to get your church education plans off to a great start, page 2 of 2

Commisioning Service for Week Two



Gathering Songs
“As We Gather” SNC 245
“The Steadfast Love” SNC 242



Call to Worship: Psalm 24



Greeting



Response: “We Bow Down” SNC 42



A classic TULIP bouquet: service plans exploring five doctrinal distinctives, Page 2 of 2

Week Four-Irresistible grace

Opening of Worship
For this Sunday, we used resources from our brothers and sisters inAfrica, starting with “Come, All You People,” arranged by John Bell(SNC 4). The two hymns were chosen for their focus on grace: “Amid theThronging Worshipers” (PsH 239) and “Marvelous Grace of Our LovingLord” (TWC 472).



The Great Fifty Days: Seven service plans from Easter to Ascension, page 1 of 2

Eastertide offers the church a wonderful opportunity to explore what Laurence Stookey calls the “explosive force of the resurrection of the Lord,” a feat that is “too vast to be contained within a celebration of one day.” Eastertide can also give churches the chance to experience weekly communion for a short period of seven celebrative weeks. And it can reclaim for the contemporary church the historical season known as The Great Fifty Days—the days from Easter to Pentecost. (For reasons of space, we have not included the service for Pentecost Sunday.)

The Great Fifty Days: Seven service plans from Easter to Ascension, page 2 of 2

Second Sunday of Eastertide

Theme
The Lord’s Supper


Opening hymn
“Lift Your Heart to the Lord” PsH 515
Ties together last week (baptism) with this week (The Lord’s Supper)



Psalm
Psalm 66
Read responsively as follows:
1-4, 5-7, 8-12, 13-15 16-19; all on verse 20.