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FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT/WORLD AIDS DAY

Sunday, December 2, 2012 (World AIDS Day is December 1, 2012)

Marcus D. Smith, Guest Lectionary Liturgist
Minister of Music, Ark Church in Baltimore, Maryland

Worship Planning Notes

In our world, people are hurting all around us. People are hurting in our community, people are hurting in our families, people are hurting in workplaces, and people are hurting in our churches. People are experiencing hurt and pain on many different levels (physically, emotionally, psychologically, etc.). This day is designed, in large part, to focus on the people who are hurting physically, emotionally, and spiritually due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This day is also designed to help educate and inform our congregations and community about the epidemic. Our job is to love and do the will of God (Matthew 7:1; 1 John 4:20; Mark 12:31).

The selections listed below are organized to encourage, empower, and educate through song.

On the day proceeding December 1, 2012, partner with a local certified testing center and host an HIV/AIDS testing at your church/ministry. For information about the HIV/AIDS virus, please visit the following websites to educate yourself and congregation about the virus: Balm in Gilead: http://www.balmingilead.org/ and Centers of Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/basic/.

1. Litany, Responsive Reading, Invocation, or Call to Worship
(a) Invocation

Personal Prayer in the Midst of a Church Living with AIDS

There are brothers and sisters in my community who are in desperate need of healingóhealing from the ravages of HIV and AIDS. We donít even know who some of them are.

Some of them are us. Walls of silence keep us apart. Many are fearful to speak the words HIV and AIDS.

O God bring us all to a truly safe place filled with compassion and understanding. Bring us all to this place of safety that the Church may embody your spirit of protection and healing.

What part do I play?
Show me the way to make a difference.
Guide my hands to hold the first hand.
Open my heart to give and receive the first hug.
Remind me that you have chosen me. I can help.

God, awaken your spirit within me.
The Spirit refreshes the soul with serenity.
Your Spirit embodies the heart with courage.
Your Spirit charts our right course with wisdom.

Help me break down the walls of separation within our community. Help me build bridges of love and understanding. Help me sweep away the debris of the isms, phobias, broken connections, and shattered hopes.

Prepare my heart to prepare your way. Encourage me to think the first thought, to make the first sound, to speak the first words. Help me break the silence.

2. Hymns and Congregational Songs
(a) Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior. By Fanny J. Crosby. Tune by William H. Doane

(b) Iím Happy with Jesus Alone. By Charles Prince Jones

(c) Come Thou Long Expectant Jesus. By Charles Wesley and Rowland Prichard

3. Spirituals or Traditional Songs
(a) Nobody Knows the Trouble Iíve Seen. By Fernando Allen

(b) Jesus Is Always Looking Out for Me. By James Cleveland

(c) I Want Jesus to Walk with Me. By Colin Lett

(d) Lord Keep Me Day by Day. By Eddie Williams

(e) There Is a Balm in Gilead. By William Dawson

(f) Give Me Jesus. Arr. by Larry Fleming

4. Gospel Songs for Choirs, Ensembles, or Praise Teams
(a) Heís Been So Good. By Carneal Overton

(b) Happy. By Tasha Cobbs

(c) Grace. By Tony Wilkins

(d) Holy Spirit, Rain Down. By Russell Frager

(e) There is a Balm. By E. Clark

(f) Weíre Gonna Make It. By Timothy Wright

(g) Please Be Patient with Me. By Curtis Burrell

5. Liturgical Dance or Mime Ministry Music
(a) We Need the Lord. By Jonathan Butler

(b) Be Encouraged. By William Becton

(c) Are You Listening. By Kirk Franklin

6. Anthems
(a) We Are Surrounded. By J. Williams and J. Martin

(b) I Am His Child. By Moses Hogan

7. Modern Songs
(a) Are You Ready. Arr. by Kenneth Louis

(b) Healing. By Richard Smallwood

(c) God Made Me. By Jules Bartholomew

8. Offertory Song or Instrumental
(a) I Will Bless the Lord. By Butch Heyward

(b) Great Things. By Guy Robinson

(c) Iíve Got a Testimony. By Anthony Tidwell

(d) Keep Living. By Ricky Dillard

(e) How Much We Can Bear. By David Frazier

9. Song or Instrumental for the Period of Prayer
(a) Lord I Believe. By Percy Bady

(b) Thereís a Blessing in This House. By Margaret Douroux

(c) Over and Over. By Paul Morton

(d) How Much We Can Bear. By Kirk Franklin

10. Sermonic Selection
(a) It Ainít Over. By Maurette Brown Clark

(b) Be Healed. By Kevin Bond

(c) Keep Your Loving Arms around Me. By Percy Bady

(d) City Called Heaven. By Joesphine Poienlintz

(e) Stand. By Donnie McClurkin

(f) Itís Your Time. By Luther Barnes

(g) You Raise Me Up. By Josh Groban

(h) Even Me. By Michael Reid

11. Invitational Song or Instrumental
(a) I Surrender All. By Judson W. Van De Venter

(b) Father, Can You Hear Me. By Tyler Perry and Elvin Ross

12. Benediction Song or Instrumental
(a) Always Remember Jesus. By Andrať Crouch

(b) Reach Out and Touch. By Lucille Pope

(c) Lord Make Us More Holy. Arr. by Roland Carter

Cites and Additional Information for Music and Material Listed

1. Litany, Responsive Reading, or Invocation
(a) Invocation: Personal Prayer in the Midst of a Church Living with AIDS
Location:
Who Will Break the Silence. Balm in Gilead, 2010
The Balm in Gilead, Inc.
4108 E. Parham Rd.
Richmond, VA 23228
Phone: 1-888-225-6243

Online location: www.balmingilead.org

2. Hymns and Congregational Songs
(a) Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior. By Fanny J. Crosby. Tune by William H. Doane
Location:
African American Heritage Hymnal. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, 2001. #435

African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal: Official Hymnal of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Charlotte, NC: A.M.E. Zion Pub. House, 1996. #291

Lead Me, Guide Me: The African American Catholic Hymnal. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, 1987. #179

The New National Baptist Hymnal 21st Century Edition. Nashville, TN: Triad Publications, 2005. #569

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. #276

(b) Iím Happy with Jesus Alone. By Charles Prince Jones
Location:
The New National Baptist Hymnal. Nashville, TN: Triad Publications, 1977. #280

(c) Come Thou Long Expectant Jesus. By. Charles Wesley and Rowland Prichard
Location:
African American Heritage Hymnal. #435

African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Hymnal. #92

The New National Baptist Hymnal 21st Century Edition. #82

The Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal. Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1985. #115

3. Spirituals or Traditional Songs
(a) Nobody Knows the Trouble Iíve Seen. By Fernando Allen
Location:
Ferngal Music Productions/Publishers, Inc.
1300 Southview Road
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: 410-467-8044

(b) Jesus Is Always Looking Out for Me. By James Cleveland
Location:
St. James Adult Choir. I Trust in God. Detroit, MI: Sounds of Gospel, 1996.

(c) I Want Jesus to Walk with Me. By Colin Lett
Location:
GIA Publications, Inc.
7404 South Mason Avenue
Chicago, IL 60638
Phone: 1-800-GIA-1358

Online location: www.giamusic.com

(d) Lord Keep Me Day by Day. By Eddie Williams
Location:
Walker, Albertina. Please Be Patient with Me. Tokya, Japan: Savoy Records, 1990.

(e) There Is a Balm in Gilead. By William Dawson
Location:
J. W. Pepper & Sons Incorporated
2480 Industrial Blvd.
Paoli, PA 19301
Phone: 1-800-345-6296

Online location: www.jwpepper.com

(f) Give Me Jesus. Arr. by Larry Flemings
Location:
Augsburg Fortress
100 South Fifth Street, Suite 600
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 1-800-328-4648

Online location: www.augsburgfortress.org

4. Gospel Songs for Choirs, Ensembles, or Praise Teams
(a) Heís Been So Good. By Carneal Overton
Location:
First Church of Deliverance
4315 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653
Phone: 773-373-7700

(b) Happy. By Tasha Cobbs
Location:
Smile. Atlanta, GA: Tasha Cobbs Music Group, 2010.

(c) Grace. By Tony Wilkins
Location:
L. A. Mass Choir. Live! Give Him the Glory. Nashville, TN: Light Records, 1988.

Jakes, T.D. and the Potter House Mass Choir. Grace: Live in Kenya. Los Angeles, CA: Rhino, 2007.

(d) Holy Spirit, Rain Down. By Russell Frager
Location:
Hillsong. Touching Heaven Changing Earth. New York, NY: Sony Music Group, 2008.

(e) There Is a Balm. By E. Clark
Location:
Various Artists. WOW Gospel 1999. New York, NY: Verity, 1999.

(f) Weíre Gonna Make It. By Myrna Summers
Location:
Savory Gospel Classics. Tokya, Japan: Savoy, 2001.

(g) Please Be Patient with Me. By Curtis Burrell
Location:
Walker, Albertina. Please Be Patient with Me. Tokya, Japan: Savoy Records, 1990.

5. Liturgical Dance or Mime Ministry Music
(a) We Need the Lord. By Jonathan Butler
Location:
Bynum, Juanita. Gospel Goes Classical Vol. 1. Portugal: Flow Records, 2006.

(b) Be Encouraged. By William Becton
Location:
Heart of a Love Song. Santa Monica, CA: A & M, 1997.

(c) Are You Listening. By Kirk Franklin
Location:
Various Artists. Are You Listening? New York, NY: Jive/Gospocentric, 2010.

6. Anthems
(a) We Are Surrounded. By J. Williams and J. Martin
Location:
J. W. Pepper & Sons Incorporated
Phone: 1-800-345-6296
Online location: www.jwpepper.com

(b) I Am His Child. By Moses Hogan
Location:
Hal Leonard
7777 West Bluemound Road
Milwaukee, WI 53213
Phone: 414-774-3630

Online location: www.halleonard.com

7. Modern Songs
(a) Are You Ready. Arr. by Kenneth Louis
Location:
Total Praise. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, 2011. #196

(b) Healing. By Richard Smallwood
Location:
Healing. New York, NY: Verity Records, 1999.

(c) God Made Me. By Jules Bartholomew
Location:
Mississippi Mass Choir. God Made Me. Jacksonville, MS: Malaco Records, 2010.

8. Offertory Song or Instrumental
(a) I Will Bless the Lord. By Butch Heyward
Location:
Walker, Pastor Hezekiah. Live at Love Fellowship Tabernacle. New York, NY: Verity, 1998.

(b) Great Things. By Guy Robinson
Location:
Baltimore City College Choir. A New Vision: Great Things. Baltimore, MD: The Friends of the Choir, 2004.

Jones Tabernacle
2100 Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21223
Phone: 410-947-7707

(c) Iíve Got a Testimony. By Anthony Tidwell
Location:
Evans, Clay. Iíve Got a Testimony. Chicago, IL: Meek Records, 1995.

(d) Keep Living. Ricky Dillard
Location:
Dillard, Ricky & New G. Keep Living. Nashville, TN: Light Records, 2011.

(e) How Much We Can Bear. By David Frazier
Location:
Walker, Pastor Hezekiah & the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir. Live in New York by Any Means.... New York, NY: Verity, 1995.

9. Song or Instrumental for the Period of Prayer
(a) Lord I Believe. By Percy Bady
Location:
Brunson, Rev. Milton & The Thompson Community Singers. Greatest Hits. New York, NY: Sony Music Distribution, 1996.

(b) Thereís a Blessing in This House. By Margaret Douroux
Location:
NTIME MUSIC COMPANY
4913 Albemarle Road #103
Charlotte, NC 28205
Phone: 704-531-8961

Online location: www.ntimemusic.com

(c) Over and Over. By Paul Morton
Location:
Trin-i-tee 5:7. Angel and Chanelle. Houston, TX: Music World Music, 2011.

(d) How Much We Can Bear. By Kirk Franklin
Location:
Godís Property. New York, NY: Zomba, 1997.

10. Sermonic Selection
(a) It Ainít Over. By Maurette Brown Clark
Location:
Dream. Nashville, TN: Atlanta Records International, 2007.

(b) Be Healed. By Kevin Bond
Location:
Long, Bishop Eddie. New Beginning. Brentwood, TN: EMI, 2006.

(c) Keep Your Loving Arms around Me. By Percy Bady
Location:
Brunson, Rev. Milton & The Thompson Community Singers. Shout. New York, NY: Sony Music Distribution, 1995.

(d) City Called Heaven. By Josephine Poienlintz
Location:
J. W. Pepper & Sons Incorporated
Phone: 1-800-345-6296
Online location: www.jwpepper.com

Baltimore City College Choir
3220 The Alameda
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: 410-396-6557

(e) Stand. By Donnie McClurkin
Location:
Donnie McClurkin. New York, NY: Warner Alliance, 1996.

(f) Itís Your Time. By Luther Barnes
Location:
Itís Your Time. Marietta, GA: Atlanta International, 2003.

(g) You Raise Me Up. By Josh Groban
Location:
J. W. Pepper & Sons Incorporated
Phone: 1-800-345-6296
Online location: www.jwpepper.com

(h) Even Me. By Michael Reid
Location:
GIA Publications, Inc.
Phone: 1-800-GIA-1358
Online location: www.giamusic.com

11. Invitational Song or Instrumental
(a) I Surrender All. By Judson W. Van De Venter
Location:
African American Heritage Hymnal. #396

Total Praise. #402

(b) Father, Can You Hear Me. By Tyler Perry and Elvin Ross
Location:
Various Artists. Tyler Perryís Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Detroit, MI: Motown, 2005.

12. Benediction Song or Instrumental
(a) Always Remember Jesus. By Andrať Crouch
Location:
No Time to Lose. Burbank, CA: Warner Bros., 1985.

(b) Reach Out and Touch. By Lucille Pope
Location:
The Great Reunion. Atlanta, GA: Atlanta International Records, 1990.

(c) Lord Make Us More Holy. Arr. by Roland Carter
Location:
African American Heritage Hymnal. #632
     

 

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