7th SUN. after pentecost July 7, 2013
dream, envision, create!
images, films, songs


Sent to the Crossroads –Luke 10 or 2 Kings 5

Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness– Galatians 6:1-2

Fruit of the Spirit: Generosity – Galatians 6:6-10


Ease on Down the Road – Michael Jackson and Diana Ross (Luke 10)

Step by Step – Whitney Houston or church soloist (Luke 10)

Step by Step – Rich Mullins or church soloist and congregation (Luke 10)

Bringing In the Sheaves – Patti Page or Jimmy Maddox, soloist or congregation

Crossroads – John Mayer (remake of the original Cream “classic”)

Crossroads – Cream (written by Robert Johnson, sung by Eric Clapton)

(This older, original version of the song might be more effective if sung by a church soloist as a quiet ballad or read as a poem.)

Days of Elijah – Donnie McClurkin or congregation (1 Kings, Luke)

Trading My Sorrows – Israel and New Breed or Darrell Evans or church band (1 Kings, Psalm 30)

Down to the River to Pray – Allison Kraus or soloist (1 Kings)


Crossroads, sign at crossroads, road, path, journey (scroll down for example links)

Traveler without any baggage

Baggage, backpacks, clothing left on road side

Harvest, ripe fields, field or orchard laborers

Kingdom of God, people in mission and discipleship

River, water, healing (Kings)

Images or examples of gentleness or generosity, carrying someone else’s burden

Crossroads example at:

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=crossroads&FORM=BILH - view=detail&id=91FC35754DC50416221B17EB02A4F4B68A08A772&selectedIndex=25

Diverging Roads – Beautiful example at:

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=crossroads&FORM=BILH - view=detail&id=FCCA4CCB7C319D96CE91C097EF554773AD8E0160&selectedIndex=27


The Wiz - Dorothy and Scarecrow ease on down the yellow brick road, remembering not to carry anything that will hold them back.  Clip at


Hoosiers – Coach and players commission each other to play their best for each other and for all the small schools who couldn’t get to the championship


The Fellowship of the Ring – The Fellowship is commissioned when Frodo volunteers to take the ring on the mission to Mordor


The Book of Mormon – “Two By Two” for a lighthearted, humorous look at answering God’s call

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiWiuDLBZ6s OR

Both “Hello” and Two by Two” at



“Meeting at the Crossroads” theme can be emphasized with Robert Frost poem, The Road Not Taken or this brief quote:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

(from The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost)

Robert Frost’s full poem The Road Not Taken available at: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-road-not-taken/


Create bookmarks or order personalized pencils that say “Sent to serve.”  Invite people to commit to answer Christ’s call by coming forward to receive the momento or taking one as they exit worship.

This worship service could be designated as a “Change the World” or “Make a Difference” day, in which worshippers gather for a short time of prayer and scripture and then go forth to work in local service projects.  An article describing how one church does this each year can be found in WorshipArts magazine of The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, March-April 2013 edition, pages 11-12. http://content.yudu.com/Library/A22rs7/WorshipArtsMarchApri/resources/index.htm?referrerUrl=http%3A%2F%2Ffummwa.affiniscape.com%2Fdisplaycommon.cfm%3Fan=1%26subarticlenbr=216

A more general article about this day celebrated internationally can be found at http://www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=5723441&ct=11767297&notoc=1


Green, the color of growth & life, used throughout the Ordinary Seasons

Feel free to integrate other colors that may reflect a theme or scripture in your worship design


Specific ideas, including video clips, song suggestions, experiential worship ideas, and image suggestions, available at these links:

Summer Theme Ideas for Season After Pentecost

8th Sunday After Pentecost

9th Sunday After Pentecost

10th Sunday After Pentecost

11th Sunday After Pentecost

12th Sunday After Pentecost

13th Sunday After Pentecost

14th Sunday After Pentecost

15th Sunday After Pentecost

Almost all of the song suggestions can be adapted and performed by church soloists, praise bands, pop bands, or small ensembles.  Most songs available for purchase on ITunes or Amazon.  Sheet music usually available at MusicNotes or SheetMusicPlus.

Each video suggestion of a song is one of many possibilities.  Search by title on Vimeo, You Tube, Movie Clips, or your favorite video browser.  Better yet, create your own film, slide show, dance, mime or chancel display to correspond to a song!

Movie video clips require copyright permission or licensing for use. 

Contact your Conference Office or a licensing company (for instance, cvli.com, commoncraft.com, creativecommons.org, or mplc.com).

Vimeo and YouTube videos are sometimes in violation of copyright laws, and often not licensed for public use.  Check each video and its copyright requirements carefully.   Check your streaming license before including recorded videos and songs in streamed or recorded worship services.

For congregational song ideas, along with solo and choral suggests, consult The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner or its ecumenical counterpart Prepare!

For written words for worship (prayers, responsive readings, benediction words), consult The Abingdon Worship Annual 2013.  Its on-line resources offer additional song suggestions. Look for a monthly subscription option Worship Words premiering from Mary Scifres Ministries next fall!

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Seventh Sunday After Pentecost - Proper 9


2 Kings 5:1-14

Psalm 30

Galatians 6:1-16

Luke 10:1-11, 16-20