Go and Announce: Wednesday, May 11

General Conference Worship
Wednesday, May 11, 8:00 AM
Go and Announce

Gathering

PRELUDE      Signatur

CALL TO WORSHIP

Reader 1:
Go and tell John what you hear and see:
the blind receive their sight, the lame walk,
the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear,
the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them.

All: The reign of God Is here!

Reader 1:
Go and tell John what you hear and see:
the blind receive their sight.

Reader 2:
Praise God for our missionaries in Palestine, Alex and Brenda Awad,
who minister to those blinded and disabled by war in Gaza.

All: The reign of God Is here!

Reader 1:
Go and tell John what you hear and see: the lame walk.

Reader 2:
Praise God for the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center for Disabled Children,
which evaluates and provides options for children with special needs, including physical disabilities.
The Center also trains parents on proper techniques for helping their children at home.

All: The reign of God Is here!

Reader 1:
Go and tell John what you hear and see: the lepers are cleansed.

Reader 2:
Praise God for the members of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Saipan
as they bring healing to the lost and lonely following Typhoon Soudelor.

All: The reign of God Is here!

Reader 1:
Go and tell John what you hear and see: the dead are raised.

Reader 2:
Praise God for the Mar Elias Peace Center in the Middle East,
where peace and reconciliation are created daily from the ashes of despair,
as students of different faith traditions learn with and from each other.

All: The reign of God Is here!

Reader 1:
Go and tell John what you hear and see:
the poor have good news brought to them.

Reader 2:
Praise God for women whose lives have been renewed and transformed after prison
through the Beacon of Hope transition house,
sponsored by Kailua United Methodist Church
and Keolumana United Methodist Church in Hawaii.

All: The reign of God Is here! Go and tell the world!

OPENING HYMN

O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (tune: AZMON/AZMON’S GHOST)

[AZMON]
O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise,
the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of God’s grace.

[AZMON’S GHOST]
My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim,
to spread through all the earth abroad the honors of thy name,
the honors of thy name.

Jesus! the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease;
’tis music in the sinner’s ears, ‘tis life and health and peace,
‘tis life and health and peace.

He breaks the power of canceled sin, he sets the prisoner free;
his blood can make the foulest clean; his blood availed for me,
his blood availed for me.

He speaks, and listening to his voice, new life the dead receive;
the mournful, broken hearts rejoice, the humble poor believe,
the humble poor believe.

To God all glory, praise, and love be now and ever given
by saints below and saints above, the Church in earth and heaven,
the Church in earth and heaven!

Proclaiming

SCRIPTURE   Matthew 11:2-6 (Read in Korean)

When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offence at me.’

SONG

Are You the One? (tune: MERLE’S TUNE)

all singing: Are You the One (stanza 1)

Liturgist (read in Tagalog): Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see:

all singing: Are You the One (stanza 2)

Liturgist (read in Norwegian): Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see:

all singing: Are You the One (stanza 3)

Signatur members, shouted in unison (in English): Go and tell John what you hear and see! Go and tell! Go!

all singing: Are You the One (stanza 4)

CALL TO CONFESSION

In the dark and dreary dampness of a prison cell, John the Baptizer asks the question that every generation has repeated:

“Are you the one that God has sent or must we continue to wait and look for another?”

With confidence and certainty, Jesus responds affirmatively. The blind receive their sight, the lame can walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the poor have the good news preached to them. Go and tell John what you hear and see.

[This line is echoed in different languages.]
(in German): Go and tell John what you hear and see.
(in Vietnamese): Go and tell John what you hear and see.
(in Kiswahili): Go and tell John what you hear and see.
(in Spanish): Go and tell John what you hear and see.
(in Russian): Go and tell John what you hear and see.

But God, we have not always told the stories of what you are doing all around us. We do not always recognize the signs of your reign right here in our midst. And so we come to you this day asking for help, asking for grace, asking for forgiveness.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION AND SILENT PRAYER

For our failure to tell what we have heard and what we have seen.

Forgive us, O God. (in your heart language)

soloist: The Summons (stanza 1)

God, you have called us each by name. You call each one of us to be a living testimony to the miracle of your incarnate Love. And yet too often we remain silent when we could be telling your stories everywhere we go. We could be revealing your love to everyone we meet. But we don’t. We fall short. Our courage fails. We are too tired. In this sacred time and space, in the deepest places of our hearts, each of us is called now to pray to you: God, I confess to you that I have not … [name your confessions in the silence of your heart]
Silence

duet: The Summons (stanza 2)

For our failure to tell what we have heard and what we have seen.

Forgive us, O God. (in your heart language)

God, you have called us to be your church. You call us to care for both cruel and kind in our communities because your good news extends to everyone. We are afraid to risk the hostile stare. We don’t want to offend anyone. And so we remain silent when our congregations could be proclaiming the stories of your transforming love. In this sacred time and space, in the deepest places of our hearts, each of us is called now to pray to you: God, I confess to you that my congregation has not … [name your confessions in the silence of your heart]
Silence

duet: The Summons (stanza 3)

For our failure to tell what we have heard and what we have seen.

Forgive us, O God. (in your heart language)

God, you have called us to be your hands and feet in this world, to become partners with Jesus Christ in building your kingdom here on earth. When we proclaim your name and admit to what you mean in us, then we are full participants in your Good News. But we are too easily tempted to build our own kingdoms. We create our own prison through our inability to see beyond our denomination’s burden of decreasing membership and diminishing apportionments. And so we remain silent when we, The United Methodist Church, could be joyously living out the story of salvation and liberation. In this sacred time and space, in the deepest places of our hearts, each of us is called now to pray to you: God, I confess to you that the United Methodist Church has not … [name your confessions in the silence of your heart]
Silence

sung (band): The Summons (stanza 4)

For our failure to tell what we have heard and what we have seen,

Forgive us, O God. (in your heart language)

For our desire to hide when you call our name,

Forgive us, O God. (in your heart language)

For the times when we allow fear to prevent us from claiming your name out loud.

Forgive us, O God. (in your heart language)

For our habit of closing our eyes to what is happening all around us,

Forgive us, O God. (in your heart language)

Grant us courage to follow you boldly and joyfully. Teach us to see you in the faces of those around us. Train us to recognize the signs of your strong, persistent, justice-seeking love everywhere we go. Tune our voices to sing your praise and proclaim your power. For it is only through your grace that we can be audacious enough to call ourselves followers of your only son. On our own, we do not know the way, but with our eyes fixed on you, we are never lost. With grateful hearts, we now stand and affirm our commitment to Jesus Christ!

congregation sing: The Summons (stanza 5)

Thanksgiving

TELLING THE STORY

(Video story #1)

Go tell the story:
God is at work in the world!

singing:
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.

(Video story #2)

Go tell the story:
God is at work in the world!

singing:
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.

(Video story #3)

Go tell the story:
God is at work in the world!

singing:
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.

God is at work in the world!
Thanks be to God!

Sending

SINGING THE STORY

You Are Called to Tell the Story

spoken by choir:
Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go!
Go and tell John! Go and tell John! Go and tell John! Go and tell John!
Go and sing! Go and dance! Go and share! Go and tell!
Go and tell the story! Go and tell the good news! Go and tell the world!
Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go!
GO!!

all singing:
O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise,
the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of God’s grace,
the triumphs of God’s grace!

He speaks, and listening to his voice, new life the dead receive,
the mournful, broken hearts rejoice, the humble poor believe,
the humble poor believe.

spoken by the bishop:
It is Jesus Christ who empowers us, Jesus Christ who loves us, Jesus Christ who goes with us, Jesus Christ who gives us the stories, the songs, and the dance, and it is Jesus Christ who calls us to proclaim through all the earth the good news of God’s grace for all!

all singing:
My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim,
to spread through all the earth abroad the honors of thy name,
the honors of thy name!

O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise,
the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of God’s grace!

 

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Acknowledgements:

We are grateful for the leadership of these guest musicians:

Signatur (Oslo, Norway)

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

The Call to Confession and Prayer of Confession were written by Donald Batz and Laura Jaquith Bartlett, © 2016 Donald Batz.

The Summons; words: John Bell; tune: KELVINGROVE, trad. Scottish; found at #2130 The Faith We Sing. Words © 1987 WGRG The Iona Community, admin. by GIA Publications Inc.

You Are Called to Tell the Story; words: Ruth Duck; tune: REGENT SQUARE, Henry T. Smart; found at #357 New Century Hymnal. Words © 1991 GIA Publications Inc

Are You the One?; words: Mary Nelson Keithahn; tune: MERLE’S TUNE, Hal Hopson; found at #66 Singing the New Testament. Words © 1998 Abingdon Press.

Blessed Assurance; words: Fanny J. Crosby; tune: ASSURANCE, Phoebe P. Knapp; found at #369 United Methodist Hymnal. Public Domain.

O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing; words: Charles Wesley; tune: AZMON, Carl G. Gläser; tune: AZMON’S GHOST, Mark A. Miller; found at #57 United Methodist Hymnal and #3001 Worship & Song. AZMON’S GHOST © 2000 Abingdon Press, admin. by The Copyright Company.

Image: Todd Pick, © 2016.

 

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