As We Are Now Going: Friday, May 20

General Conference Closing Worship
Friday, May 20
As We Are Now Going

Gathering

Gracious Creator of Sea and of Land (stanza 1)

Proclaiming

SCRIPTURE    Matthew 28:16-20

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’

SONG

Gracious Creator of Sea and of Land (stanza 2)

CHARGE    Bishop Ough

Thanksgiving

ACT OF THANKSGIVING AND COMMENDATION FOR WHERE WE’RE GOING NEXT

Congregational response:
Thank you, God, for this good work done.
Continue to guide the work that remains.
Into your hands we commend our spirits,
and the spirits of those who come after us.

Sending

SONG

Go Now, Live as Sisters, Brothers (tune: HOLY MANNA)

Go now, live as sisters, brothers,
One the flock, as one the Lord.
Do God’s justice, love God’s mercy,
that all flesh may be restored.
Show how all may live like Jesus,
baptize them, and teach the way,
knowing Christ is ever with us
now and to the final day.

[each “Therefore, go!” is spoken in a different language]

Therefore, go!
We are going to where the wounds are.
Therefore, go!
We are going together as one flock.
Therefore, go!
We are going in peace.
Therefore, go!
We are going to show God’s mercy.
Therefore, go!
We are going to all peoples.
Therefore, go!
We are going to live the faith.
Therefore, go!
We are going to give up everything.
Therefore, go!
We are going to share abundant life.
Therefore, go!
We are going to be the church!

SONG

Go to the World (stanzas 1 and 2)

BENEDICTION

Bishop Ough: Therefore, go! And keep going, in the grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the power of the Holy Spirit.

BENEDICTION RESPONSE

Go to the World (stanza 3)

POSTLUDE

 

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Acknowledgements:

Unless otherwise noted, all liturgical pieces are written by Laura Jaquith Bartlett, © 2016 The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music & Worship ARts.

Gracious Creator of Sea and of Land; words: John Thornburg; tune: MONA WEST by Daniel Charles Damon; found at #3161 Worship & Song. © 2008 Abingdon Press, admin. by The Copyright Company.

Go Now, Live as Sisters, Brothers; words by GC2016 Worship Design Team; tune: HOLY MANNA by William Moore; permission granted to use words for non-commercial use in worship.

Go to the World; words: Sylvia G. Dunstan; tune: SINE NOMINE by Ralph Vaughan Williams; found at #3158 Worship & Song. Words © 1991 GIA Publications, Inc.

Image: Todd Pick, © 2016.

 

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