Go to the Lost Sheep: Thursday, May 19

General Conference Worship
Thursday, May 19, 8:00 AM
Go to the Lost Sheep

Gathering

PRELUDE     Cherokee Choir of Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader 1: Come as you are.
Leader 2: No need to pack a suitcase.
Leader 1: Come as you are.
Leader 2: You have all the gifts you need.
Leader 1: Come as you are.
Leader 2: From every nation and continent.
All: We are getting ready to be sent by Christ.

Leader 1: You have come from mountain ranges
Leader 2: and from sweeping plains and prairies.
Leader 1: You have come from windy deserts
Leader 2: and from bustling coastal cities.
Leader 1: You have come from vast savannahs
Leader 2: and from wooded hills and valleys.
All: We are getting ready to be sent by Christ.

Leader 2: You come with gifts of preaching and teaching,
Leader 1: And God is calling you to share them.
Leader 2: You come with gifts for music, dance, and singing,
Leader 1: And God is calling you to share them.
Leader 2: You come with gifts for nurturing children, caring for the dying,
advocating for the vulnerable, administering finances.
Leader 1: And God is calling you to share them.
All: We are getting ready to be sent by Christ.

Leader 1: You have seen and heard amazing things.
Leader 2: Now it’s your turn to preach good news.
Leader 1: You have witnessed God’s all-conquering love.
Leader 2: Now it’s your turn to proclaim the Kingdom.
Leader 1: You have been transformed by the Holy One.
Leader 2: Now it’s your turn to make others whole.
All: We are getting ready to be sent by Christ.

PROCESSIONAL

We’ve a Story to Hear From the Nations (tune: MESSAGE)

We’ve a story to hear from the nations
that shall turn our lives upside-down,
a story of strength and struggle,
a story of hope and light,
a story of hope and light.

REFRAIN: For our pride will be turned to sharing
and our prejudice put to flight;
and Christ’s great kin-dom will come on earth,
the kin-dom of love and light.

There’s a song we can learn from the nations,
that shall lift our hearts to the Lord,
a song that shall conquer evil
and shatter our spear and sword,
and shatter our spear and sword. (Refrain)

There’s a message we need in each nation,
that God, Creator of all
is living in Christ among us
and breathing new life and hope,
and breathing new life and hope. (Refrain)

Siyahamba [Sung in Zulu, Portuguese, German, English, Kiswahili, and French]

Proclaiming

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

God of Love, through your Word we see the greatness of your love for those who are lost and in need.

God of Compassion, through your Word you teach us how to be compassionate to others.

God of Light, through your Word you show us how to share your light with those in darkness.

God of all the world, we pray that the scripture we are about to hear will nourish us as we follow your call to seek the lost sheep, to share justice and peace among all your people. Open our hearts, our minds, and our souls that we may respond to your gracious promise with faithfulness, service and love. We pray this in the name of our One Shepherd, Christ Jesus. Amen.

SCRIPTURE READING       Matthew 10:5-15

In French: These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of heaven has come near.”

In English: Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for labourers deserve their food.

In Kiswahili: Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. As you enter the house, greet it. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.

In Portuguese: If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgement than for that town.

ANTHEM

“The Lord Gives Sight to the Blind” (Nelson Sales), Choral Bethel dos Conqueiros

SERMON    “Passion for Compassion,”  Bishop John Yambasu

RESPONDING

PRESENTATION OF MISSIONARIES

EXAMINATION

Bishop Ward: Friends in Christ, you have responded to God’s call to mission service and have gone through a process of discernment and training. I ask you now: Do you believe you have been led by the Holy Spirit to do this work and all that comes with it?

Candidates: I do.

Will you pray, study the Scriptures and the signs of the times, as you connect with people in God’s mission?

Candidates: I will.

Will you do your work in love and humility, with integrity and sincerity, and in the spirit of hope and solidarity, under the inspiration and guidance of the Triune God?

Candidates: With God by my side, I will.

PRAYER

Bishop Ward: Holy Spirit, you have led these women and men to this moment. We, their brothers and sisters, give thanks for the gifts that they freely offer to the world. We give thanks, O Spirit, for the gifts with which you have anointed each one of us: the gifts of teaching, of healing, of preaching … thank you for the gifts of music, of poetry, of truth-telling … thank you for the gifts of passion, of courage, of commitment that these missionaries bring to their ministry. We pray that each of us will join with them to offer our own gifts to work together in your name. Amen.

SUNG RESPONSE

For One Great Peace

COMMISSIONING

[Name], we commission you to take the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ into all the world. Amen.

RESPONSE

Covenant Prayer  (Sung first by band. Congregation to join on refrain.) 

Thanksgiving

A SONG OF REJOICING

Jikelele (with video)

Jikelele, jikelele, jikelele, jikelele.
(leader: We’ll walk with Jesus around the world)

Sending

SONG FOR THE JOURNEY

Enviado Soy de Dios (Sent Out in Jesus’ Name)

BENEDICTION

Bishop Yambasu: In the name of God, go! (Go!)
Deacon: And as you are going, be witnesses to the resurrected Christ.
Bishop Ward: For the love of Christ, go! (Go!)
Deacon: And as you are going, stop to kneel and wash the feet of those with whom you serve.
Bishop Jung: On the wings of the Holy Spirit, go! (Go!)
Deacon: And as you are going, bring comfort to those who have found no comfort.
Bishops Yambasu, Ward, & Jung: Go! (Go!)
Deacon: And as you are going …
Bishop Yambasu: Carry with you the strength and wisdom of the Creator God;
Bishop Ward: Carry with you the love of Christ as found in bread and wine made new;
Bishop Jung: Carry with you the fire and passion of the Holy Spirit.
Bishops Yambasu, Ward, & Jung, and Deacon: Go! (Go!)

 

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Acknowledgements:

We are grateful for the leadership of these guest musicians:

Cherokee Choir (Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference)
Choral Bethel dos Coqueiros (Bethel UMC; Luanda, Angola)

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

Call to Worship written by the Rev. Kerry Greenhill, © 2016 Kerry Greenhill.

Prayer for Illumination written by Rahel Dauley (Philippines/Indonesia), © 2016 Rahel Dauley.

We’ve a Story to Hear From the Nations; words: H. Ernest Nichol; adapted by Jorge Lockward, Kathleen Masters, Lisa Katzenstein; tune: MESSAGE by H. Ernest Nichol. Adaptation © 2010 GBGMusik. Permission is granted for non-commercial use in worship.

Siyahamba; words and music: South Africa; found at #2235 The Faith We Sing.

For One Great Peace; words: Shirley Erena Murray; tune: POXON by Jim Strathdee; found at #2185 The Faith We Sing. Words © 1992 Hope Publishing Co., music © 1998 Desert Flower Music.

Covenant Prayer; words: John Wesley; tune: COVENANT by Jay D. Locklear and Adam Seate; found at #3115 Worship & Song. Music © 2008 Jay D. Locklear and Adam Seate.

Jikelele; words and music: trad. South African; found at #1 For Everyone Born. Public Domain.

Enviado Soy de Dios (Sent Out in Jesus’ Name); words: anonymous, English trans. by Jorge Maldonado; tune: ENVIADO, trad. Cuban; found at #2184 The Faith We Sing. Translation © 1988 Abingdon Press, admin. by The Copyright Co.

Image: Todd Pick, © 2016.

 

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