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HOMECOMING (FAMILY AND FRIENDS DAY)

MUSIC & WORSHIP RESOURCES

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Nolan Williams, Jr., Lectionary Team Liturgist; Kenneth Mosley, Assistant Liturgist; and Richard Smallwood, Contributor, Gospel Recording Artist/Artist-in-residence, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Largo, MD

Worship Planning Notes

And you shall hallow the fiftieth year and you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you: you shall return, every one of you, to your property and every one of you to your family.óLeviticus 25:10, NRSV

In this worship service, find ways to highlight the work and achievements of some returning parishioners. Also, add to the service a Candle Lighting Ceremony and moment of silence to honor the deceased members and friends of the church (see below).

1. Call to Worship, Centering Prayer, Litany, and Candle Lighting Ceremony

Call to Worship
Proverbs 22:28 declares, ďDo not remove the ancient landmark that your ancestors set up.Ē

Itís a blessing to be able to return home! Todayís celebration is one for the living, but it also honors those who have gone before us. Our ancestors longed for a place to call HOME. As strangers in this land, they struggled to establish a sense of belonging here. In many ways, the church house became a central place for establishing community. And, through the years, the church is still an essential part of our lives. No matter where we go, or how far we venture, itís always good to know that we can come back home! Letís give God praise for this Homecoming Sunday!

Centering Prayer
O God, we are so honored that your divine plan would include the crossing of our paths in community. It is our prayer that we learn from, cherish, and continue the family ties that bind us together in you. Others have come and gone, and weíre thankful for their presence and impact in our lives as well. Bless us with safe travel from this place as we treasure the time weíve spent together over the years. In your blessed name we do pray. Amen.

Litany

Reader:When distance separates us, love cannot.
People:Near or far, we are a family, united by Godís love.
Reader:When time lapses and space seems to be great, Godís peace and our precious memories are unfailing.
People:Cherished times, sounds, and scents of home are forever etched in our hearts.
Reader:Weíre grateful for a place to call HOME, and people we call FAMILY.
All:Our unending love for one another leaves a legacy for generations to come!

Candle Lighting Ceremony
Worship Leader: As we gather on this Homecoming Sunday, we pause to remember those who have gone on before us. The Apostle Paul reminds us in Hebrews 12 of the great cloud of witnesses who have run this race and finished their course. Our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, cousins, pastors, deacons, trustees, members, and friends have left an indelible mark upon each of us and upon this church. We light this candle, and we speak their names, remembering their lives and celebrating their contributions.

(Light candleÖ allow names to be called, pause for a moment of silence.)

Worship Leader: Thank you for these souls who have gone on before us. Amen.

2. Hymns and Congregational Songs
(a) What a Fellowship. By Elisha Hoffman. Tune, (SHOWALTER), by Anthony Showalter

(b) Weíre Marching to Zion. By Isaac Watts. Tune, (MARCHING TO ZION), by Robert Lowry††††

(c) (Come and Go with Me) To My Fatherís House. By Edwin Hawkins

3. Spirituals or Traditional Songs
(a) Walk Together Children. Traditional

(b) Siyahamaba. South African folksong

(c) Plenty Good Room. Traditional

(d) Oh Lord, Stand by Me. By James Cleveland. Arr. by Richard Smallwood

4. Gospel Songs for Choirs, Ensembles, or Praise Teams
(a) In This House. By Richard Smallwood

(b) Together. By Patrick Lundy

(c) He Brought Us. By Charles Pikes

(d) So Glad Iím Here. By Richard Smallwood

5. Liturgical Dance Music
(a1) Procession of the Levites. By Darin Atwater
(a2) Anthem of Praise. By Richard Smallwood

(b) He Reigns. By Kirk Franklin

(c) Come, Ye Disconsolate. By Thomas Moore. Tune, (CONSOLATOR), by Samuel Webbe, Sr. Arr. by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway

6. Anthems
(a) When in Our Music God Is Glorified. By Fred Pratt Green. Tune by Charles V.Stanford. Arr. by C. Thomas Schwalm

(b) Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. By Robert Robinson. Tune, (NETTLETON), Wyethís Repository of Sacred Music, Pt. 2. Arr. by Mack Wilberg

(c) Wherever You Are. Arr. by Tom Fettke

Anthem Alternative:
(d) Blessed Assurance (piano solo). By Fanny J. Crosby. Tune, (ASSURANCE), by Phoebe Knapp. Arr. by Richard Smallwood

7. Modern Songs
(a) Persuaded. By Freddye Jackson, Richard Smallwood, and Nolan Williams, Jr.

(b) Coming Home. By Kayla Parker

(c) My Fatherís House. By Damita Haddon and Deitrick Hadden

8. Offertory Song or Instrumental
(a) What Heís Done for Me. By Richard Smallwood

(b) He Brought Me (From a Mighty Long Way). By Walter Hawkins

(c) We Magnify Your Name. By Richard Smallwood

9. Song or Instrumental for the Period of Prayer
(a) I Love the Lord. By Richard Smallwood

(b) Thank You. By Richard Smallwood

(c) Dear Jesus, I Love You. By Walter Hawkins

10. Sermonic Selection
(a) Center of My Joy. By Bill Gaither, Gloria Gaither, and Richard Smallwood

(b) In the Shelter. By Richard Smallwood

(c) Be Open. By Raymond Reeder

11. Invitational Song or Instrumental
(a) Iíve Come Too Far. By Richard Smallwood

(b) Come Unto Jesus. By Charles Nicks

(c) I Need You Once Again. By Oliver Wells

12. Benediction Song or Instrumental
(a) Take Me Back. By Andrať Crouch

(b) Jesus, You Brought Me All the Way. By Kenneth Louis

(c) Goiní Up Yonder. By Walter Hawkins

Cites and Additional Information for Music and Material Listed

1. Call to Worship, Centering Prayer, Litany, and Candle Lighting Ceremony. By Nolan Williams, Jr. and Kenneth Mosley

2. Hymns and Congregational Songs
(a) What a Fellowship. Text by Elisha Hoffman. Tune, (SHOWALTER), by Anthony Showalter
African American Heritage Hymnal. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, 2001. #371.

African Methodist Episcopal Zion Bicentennial Hymnal. Nashville, TN: A.M.E. Zion Publishing House, 1996. #662

Lead Me, Guide Me: The African American Catholic Hymnal. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, 1987. #257

National Baptist Publishing Board. The New National Baptist Hymnal. Nashville, TN: National Baptist Pub. Board, 1981. #211

Church of God in Christ. Yes, Lord! Church of God in Christ Hymnal. Memphis, TN: Church of God in Christ Pub. Board in association with the Benson Co., 1982. #94

(b) Weíre Marching to Zion. By Isaac Watts. Tune, (MARCHING TO ZION), by Robert Lowry
Location:
African American Heritage Hymnal. #590

The New National Baptist Hymnal. #22

Yes, Lord! Church of God in Christ Hymnal. #24

(c) (Come and Go with Me) To My Fatherís House. By Edwin Hawkins
Location:
Oh, Happy Day! The Best of the Edwin Hawkins Singers. Sbme. Special Markets, 2001, 2008.

3. Spirituals or Traditional Songs
(a) Walk Together Children. Traditional
Location:
African American Heritage Hymnal. #541

(b) Siyahamaba. South African folksong
Location:
African American Heritage Hymnal. #402

J. W. Pepper & Sons Incorporated
2480 Industrial Blvd
Paoli, PA 19301
Phone: 1-800-345-6296

Online location: www.jwpepper.com

(c) Plenty Good Room. Traditional
Location:
African American Heritage Hymnal. #164

Lead Me, Guide Me: The African American Catholic Hymnal. #318

(d) Oh Lord, Stand by Me. By James Cleveland. Arr. by Richard Smallwood
Location:
The Richard Smallwood Singers. Live. New York, NY: Capitol, 1993.

4. Gospel Songs for Choirs, Ensembles, or Praise Teams
(a) In This House. By Richard Smallwood
Location:
Vision. New York, NY: Word, 1990.

(b) Together. By Patrick Lundy
Location:
Lundy, Patrick & The Ministers of Music. In the Fellowship. Orlando, FL: Meridian Music Group, 2005.

(c) He Brought Us. By Charles Pikes
Location:
Campbell, Deloris Barrett & The Barrett Sisters. Say Amen, Somebody. New York, NY: DRG, 1990.

(d) So Glad Iím Here. By Richard Smallwood
Location:
Quintessential EMI Gospel. Brentwood, TN: EMI Gospel, 2007/1984.

5. Liturgical Dance Music
(a1) Procession of the Levites. By Darin Atwater
(a2) Anthem of Praise. By Richard Smallwood
Location:
Smallwood, Richard with Vision. Persuaded: Live in DC. New York, NY: Verity, 2001.

(b) He Reigns. By Kirk Franklin and Rich Mullins
Location:
Franklin, Kirk. The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin. Inglewood, CA: Gospocentric, 2002.

(c) Come, Ye Disconsolate. By Thomas Moore. Tune, (CONSOLATOR), by Samuel Webbe, Sr. Arr. by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
Location:
Flack, Roberta. Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway. New York, NY: Atlantic, 1972.

6. Anthems
(a) When in Our Music God Is Glorified. By Fred Pratt Green. Tune by Charles V. Stanford. Arr. by C. Thomas Schwalm
Location:
Shawnee Press
1107 17th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: 1-800-971-4310

Online location: www.shawneepress.com

(b) Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. By Robert Robinson. Tune, (NETTLETON), Wyethís Repository of Sacred Music, Pt. 2. Arr. by Mack Wilberg
Location:
J. W. Pepper & Sons Incorporated
Phone: 800-345-6296
Online location: www.jwpepper.com

(c) Wherever You Are. Arr. by Tom Fettke
Location:

Anthem Alternative:
(d) Blessed Assurance (piano solo). By Fanny J. Crosby. Tune, (ASSURANCE), by Phoebe Knapp. Arr. by Richard Smallwood
Location:
The Richard Smallwood Singers. Portrait. New York, NY: Word, 1989.

7. Modern Songs
(a) Persuaded. By Freddye Jackson, Richard Smallwood, and Nolan Williams, Jr.
Location:
Smallwood, Richard. Persuaded: Live in DC. New York, NY: Verity, 2001.

(b) Coming Home. By Kayla Parker
Location:
Men of Standard. Feels Like Rain. Sheffield, AL: Muscle Shoals, 1999.

(c) My Fatherís House. By Damita Haddon and Deitrick Hadden
Location:
Voices of Unity. Together in Worship. Indianapolis, IN: Tyscot 2007.

8. Offertory Song or Instrumental
(a) What Heís Done for Me. By Richard Smallwood
Location:
The Richard Smallwood Singers. Testimony. Brentwood, TN: Sparrow, 1992.

(b) He Brought Me (From a Mighty Long Way). By Walter Hawkins
Location:
Hawkins, Walter & The Love Center Choir. Jesus Christ Is the Way. Santa Monica, CA: A&M, 1977.

(c) We Magnify Your Name. By Richard Smallwood
Location:
The Richard Smallwood Singers. Live. New York, NY: Capitol, 1993.

9. Song or Instrumental for the Period of Prayer
(a) I Love the Lord. By Richard Smallwood
Location:
The Richard Smallwood Singers. Textures. New York, NY: Capitol, 1993.

African American Heritage Hymnal. #395

(b) Thank You. By Richard Smallwood
Location:
Adoration: Live in Atlanta. New York, NY: Jive, 1996.

(c) Dear Jesus, I Love You. By Walter Hawkins
Location:
Love Alive. Montgomery, AL: Platinum, 1975.

10. Sermonic Selection
(a) Center of My Joy. By Bill Gaither, Gloria Gaither, and Richard Smallwood
Location:
The Richard Smallwood Singers. Center of My Joy. Newton, NJ: Shanachie, 2007.

(b) In the Shelter. By Richard Smallwood
Location:
The Richard Smallwood Singers. Live. New York, NY: Capitol, 1993.

(c) Be Open. By Raymond Reeder
Location:
Smallwood, Richard. Healing: Live in Detroit. New York, NY: Verity, 1999.

11. Invitational Song or Instrumental
(a) Iíve Come Too Far. By Richard Smallwood
Location:
Textures. New York, NY: Word, 2008.

(b) Come Unto Jesus. Charles Nicks
Location:
Nicks, Jr., Rev. Charles & The St. James Choir. Come Unto Jesus. Detroit, MI: Sounds of Gospel, 1990.

(c) I Need You Once Again. By Oliver Wells
Location:
Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. Iíll Say Yes. Mobile, AL: Integrity, 2008.

12. Benediction Song or Instrumental
(a) Take Me Back. By Andrať Crouch
Location:
Take Me Back. Montgomery, AL: Platinum, 1975.

(b) Jesus, You Brought Me All the Way. By Kenneth Louis
Location:
Guide My Feet
GIA Publications, Inc.
7404 South Mason Avenue
Chicago, IL 60638
Phone: 1-800-442-1358

Online location: www.giamusic.com

(c) Goiní Up Yonder. By Walter Hawkins
Location:
Love Alive. Montgomery, AL: Platinum, 1975.

     

 

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