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FALL 2015 ~ August 30, 2015 – November 22, 2015 ~ Season After Pentecost or Ordinary Season

 

THEME POSSIBILITIES FOR THE SEASON

  • Living Faith (James Series for September)

  • Hard Teachings (Gospel Series for September)

  • Stories from the Road (Gospel Series for October)

  • Poetic Wisdom (Hebrew Scripture Series for September)

  • Big Hero 6 (Hebrew Scripture Series for October-November)

  • September Education Series (Gospel Series for September)

  • Stewardship/Thanksgiving Series (Gospel Series for October-November)

 

SCRIPTURE FOCAL POINTS FOR EACH THEME

Flexibility with lectionary use is a great gift during Ordinary Season, particularly to allow for fall programs or a theme series! Play around with these themes, using one theme all fall or different themes each month. Email maryscifresministries@gmail.com if you have questions or want to brainstorm these ideas more fully.

 

The Wisdom of Works OR Living Faith  OR Faith in Action

(August 30 – September 27)

(James Series)

Aug. 30, Proper 17 ~ Just Do It! (James 1:17-27)

Sept. 6, Proper 18   ~ Walk the Talk (James 2:14-17)

Sept. 13, Proper 19 ~ Be Careful with Words (James 3:1-12)

Sept. 20, Proper 20 ~ Resolve Conflicts with Love (James 3:13-4:3)

Sept. 27, Proper 21 ~ Pray for Each Other (James 5:13-20)

 

Hard Teachings

(August 30 – October 18)

(Sermons Based on Mark)

Aug. 30, Proper 17 ~ Inside Out Can Be Ugly (Mark 7:14-15, 21-23)

Sept. 6, Proper 18   ~ Healing Can Be Hard (Mark 7:24-37)

Sept. 13, Proper 19 ~ Is Suffering Inevitable? (Mark 8:27-38)

Sept. 20, Proper 20 ~ The Call to Be Least and Last (Mark 9:30-37)

Sept. 27, Proper 21 ~ Chopped Off Hands and Plucked Out Eyes?! (Mark 9:38-50)        

Oct. 4, Proper 22 ~ Condemning Divorce, But Welcoming Children (Mark 10:2-16)

Oct. 11, Proper 23 ~ Give Everything Away to Follow?! (Mark 10:17-31)

Oct. 18, Proper 24 ~ Called to Be Servants and Slaves (Mark 10:17-31)

 

Stories from the Road

(October 11 – November 22)

(Sermons Based on Mark’s Gospel)

Oct. 11, Proper 23 ~ What Must I Do? A Rich Man’s Story (Mark 10:17-31)

Oct. 18, Proper 24 ~ Sitting Beside Jesus: James’ and John’s Story (Mark 10:35-45)

Oct. 25, Proper 25 ~ Crying for Mercy: A Blind Man’s Story (Mark 10:46-52)

Nov. 1, Proper 26 ~ Love is the Answer: A Scribe’s Story (Mark 12:28-34)

Nov. 8, Proper 27 ~ Giving Everything: A Widow’s Story (Mark 12:38-44)

Nov. 15, Proper 28 ~ Buildings Will Crumble, But Christ Remains (Mark 13:1-8)

Nov. 22, Christ the King ~ Celebrating What Really Matters (Rev. 1:4b-8, John 18:33-37 or Joel 2:21-27, Psalm 126)

 

Poetic Wisdom OR Wisdom is Weird

(4-Week Series ~ August 30 – September 20)

Aug. 30, Proper 17~ Silly Love Songs (Song of Songs 2:8-13, Ps. 45)

Sept. 6, Proper 18 ~ The Wisdom of Generosity & Justice (Prov. 22)

Sept. 13, Proper 19 ~ Wisdom Calls to Us (Proverbs 1:20-33, Ps. 19)

Sept. 20, Proper 20 ~ Wisdom Revealed as a Woman (Prov. 31) OR

~ Wisdom of Humility (Mark 9) OR

~ Wisdom of Peace (James 3-4)

 

Big Hero 6:  Esther, Job, Naomi, Ruth, Hannah, & David

(September 27 – November 22 Series Based on Hebrew Scriptures)

Sept. 27, Proper 21 ~ Courageous Esther (Esther 7)

Oct. 4, Proper 22 ~ There’s Nobody Like Job (Job 1-2)

Oct. 11, Proper 23 ~ Job’s Lonely Journey  (Job 23)

Oct. 18, Proper 24 ~ Job: The One Who Questions God (Job 38)

Oct. 25, Prop. 25~Job: Finally Blessed ~ Forever Changed (Job 42)

Nov. 1, Proper 26 ~ Naomi’s Sorrow (Ruth 1)

Nov. 8, Proper 27 ~ Creating Hope, Becoming Family (Ruth 3-4)

Nov. 15 ~ Praying for a Miracle: Hannah’s Song (1 Samuel 1-2)

Nov. 22, Christ the King ~ Prayer of the Faithful: David’s Last Words (2 Samuel 23)

 

Fall Program Calendar Series

(September Series on Education & Children’s Ministries)

(October-November Series on Stewardship/Thanksgiving)

Note:  Any of the November Sundays can be used to conclude/celebrate Stewardship Season

Sept. 6, Labor Day Weekend ~ Finding Your Voice (Mark 7:31-37)

Sept. 13, Rally/Education Sunday ~ The Courage to Teach (James 3:1-2 and Proverbs 1:20-23)

Sept. 20, Education Sunday ~ Welcoming the Children (Mark 9:33-37)

Sept. 27, Education Sunday ~ A Heavy Responsibility (Mark 9:38-42)        

Oct. 4, World Communion ~ Welcoming Everyone (Mark 10:13-16)

Oct. 11, Stewardship Sunday~ Give Everything Away to Follow?! (Mark 10:17-31)

Oct. 18, Stewardship Sunday ~ Called to Be Servants and Slaves (Mark 10:17-31)

Oct. 25, Stewardship Sunday ~ Excited to Follow (Mark 10:46-52)

Nov. 1, All Saints Sunday ~ Love is the Answer (Mark 12:28-34)

Nov. 8, Stewardship Sunday ~ Giving Everything (Mark 12:38-44)

Nov. 15, Stewardship Sunday ~ Singing Our Thanks (1 Samuel 2:1-10)

Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Sunday ~ Shouting with Joy (Psalm 126)

 

THEME SONGS

  • The Proof of Your Love – For King and Country (James “Works” series)

Powerful image video with lyrics available at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MgVf8fzEiY

  • It’s In Every One of Us – Dennis DeYoung or soloist (especially for Wisdom series)

  • Carry On – Fun. Or church band (Job series)

Official music video at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7yCLn-O-Y0

 

THEME VIDEO

  • It’s In Every One Of Us – David Pomeranz video of diverse eyes of wisdom (especially for wisdom series)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd1QnNBZQ2A

 

THEME IMAGE IDEAS

  • Wisdom, mind, dream (Wisdom series)

Word art is one option for a wisdom focus, such as:

http://www.tipsforlawyers.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/wisdom.jpg

Owl images for wisdom could be serious or funny, such as:

https://pixabay.com/en/owl-bird-animal-eagle-owl-62703/ OR

https://pixabay.com/p-306211/?no_redirect