Going Under Authority: Thursday, May 12

General Conference Worship
Thursday, May 12, 8:00 AM
Going Under Authority

Gathering

PRELUDE

CALL TO WORSHIP

God said to Noah, “Build a sanctuary that will ride the storm; it will be a sign of hope.” And Noah replied,
I will go in faith.
God said to Deborah, “Be brave and wise, your strength is needed in a broken world.” And Deborah replied,
I will go in faith.
God said to Mary, “I am sending my Son, the Holy One; teach him and bring him up in love.” And Mary replied,
I will go in faith.
Jesus, being one with God, said to Peter, “Follow me to cast the net of grace wide.” And Peter replied,
I will go in faith.
Jesus said to Lazarus, “Come out, be unbound, for those who follow me are free.” And Lazarus replied,
I will go in faith.
Jesus said to the centurion, “Yours is a faith for the generations, go forth and be well.” And the centurion replied,
I will go in faith.
And on the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit said to an infant church, “Under the mantle of God, dream, prophesy, envision this world restored.” And the church replied,
We will go in faith.

OPENING SONG

There’s No One In This World Like Jesus (tune: HAKUNA WAKAITA)

Proclaiming

SCRIPTURE     Matthew 8:5-13

Reader 1: When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him and saying,

Reader 2: ‘Lord, my servant is lying at home paralysed, in terrible distress.’

Reader 1: And he said to him,

Reader 3: ‘I will come and cure him.’

Reader 1: The centurion answered,

Reader 2: ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, “Go”, and he goes, and to another, “Come”, and he comes, and to my slave, “Do this”, and the slave does it.’

Reader 1: When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him,

Reader 3: ‘Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Reader 1: And to the centurion Jesus said,

Reader 3: ‘Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.’

Reader 4 (in Spanish): ‘Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.’

Reader 5 (in Vietnamese): ‘Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.’

Reader 6 (in Kiswahili): ‘Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.’

Reader 7 (in German): ‘Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.’

Reader 8 (in Cherokee): ‘Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.’

Reader 1: And the servant was healed in that hour.

SERMON     “Going Under Authority,”     Bishop Christian Alsted

RESPONSE

Leader: We commit to living this day in obedience. Lead us where we may not want to go, but where you need us to be. Make us instruments of your transformation of the world.

singing: More Like You (refrain only)

We commit to living this day in joyful obedience. Drive from us negative attitudes, fear, and selfish desire. Make us joyous instruments of your blessing in the world.

singing: More Like You (refrain only)

We commit to perceiving and speaking of the world as you do. Correct us when we elevate physical or cultural difference above your love for all, our own agendas above your truth, and the authority to preserve our position over the authority to heal and serve.

singing: More Like You (refrain only)

Thanksgiving

PRAYERS

Leader: As we enter into this time of prayer, I invite you to take the prayer beads that were created for you and given as a gift from the many, many people who are supporting us here through prayer. Hold the beads, feel their shape, revel in the prayers they represent. (If you don’t have prayer beads with you, simply sit with your hands cupped and ready to both receive blessing and offer thanksgiving.) Let us pray together.

God, as we feel the solid, tangible shape of these beads, we remember the solid, tangible, human hands who formed these prayer beads and whose actions became a prayer for us, for our church, for this world. God, it was your hands who formed the world; your hands who formed us. You are the Creator who shaped the cosmos. You are the one to whom all creation bows. With joy and thanksgiving, we worship and praise you.
Silence

God, as we grasp this lifeline of prayer, we remember those who are praying; those whose gifts support and sustain us. God, it is your grace and love that form the salvation of our very lives. When we put our trust completely in you, you provide us with nothing less than new life. With joy and thanksgiving, we offer our hearts to you.
Silence

God, as we trace the pattern of these beads, we remember the willingness of the bead-makers to conform to the model they were given. God, you have given us the gift of the one true model, your son Jesus Christ. When we are able to submit to the authority of Christ, our lives are abundantly blessed and we are empowered to become partners with Jesus in bringing justice and mercy to all the world. With joy and thanksgiving, we surrender our lives to you.
Silence

With joy and thanksgiving, we offer all these prayers to you, O God. Amen.

with joy
avec joie (all reading in French)
and thanksgiving
at pasasalamat (all reading in Tagalog)
we offer all these prayers
løfter vi alle disse bønnene (all reading in Norwegian)
to you, O God.
a tí, o Dios. (all reading in Spanish)
Amen.
Amen.

ANTHEM

“Blessed Be the Rock” (arr. Ken Wright and Robert Mayes), KEFAS

Sending

CLOSING SONGS

Where He Leads Me (refrain only; tune: NORRIS)

Where he leads me I will follow,
where he leads me I will follow,
where he leads me I will follow;
I’ll go with him, with him all the way. moving directly into:

There’s No One in this World Like Jesus

Now go to the world, be like Jesus.
Now go to the world, be like him.
Now go to the world, be like Jesus.
Now go forth and live just like him.

(with motions)

To go walking, walking, [hands make footsteps directly in front of body]
Proclaiming, proclaiming, [hands to either side of mouth, moving outward]
Healing, healing, [hands palm down, moving down (as if anointing)]
Raising, raising, [hands turn palm up, move upward]
Casting out demons everywhere, [hands palm out, suddenly thrust forward; “jazz hands” on the word everywhere]
To heal and deliver like him. [jazz hands continue, outward]

We go to the world just like Jesus.
We go to the world just like him.
We go to the world just like Jesus.
We go forth to live just like him!

BENEDICTION     Bishop Alsted

 

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Acknowledgements:

We are grateful for the leadership of these guest musicians:

KEFAS (Jerusalemskirken; Copenhagen, Denmark)

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 Krysta Rexrode Wolfe, © 2016 Krysta Rexrode Wolfe.

Response to the Sermon written by Joanna Dietz and Taylor Burton Edwards, © 2016 Joanna Dietz.

There’s No One in This World Like Jesus; words: trad. Shona, English trans. by Patrick Matsikenyiri and Daniel Charles Damon, additional text by Taylor Burton-Edwards; tune: HAKUNA WAKAITA, trad. Shona; found at #3036 Worship & Song. Original text © 2006 Abingdon Press, admin. by The Copyright Company.

More Like You; words and music by Scott Wesley Brown; found at #2167 The Faith We Sing. © 1997 Maranatha Praise Inc., admin. by The Copyright Company.

Where He Leads Me; words by E.W. Blandy; tune: NORRIS, by John S. Norris; found at #338 United Methodist Hymnal. Public Domain.

Image: Todd Pick, © 2016.

 

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