Service of Holy Communion: Friday, May 20

General Conference
Service of Holy Communion
Friday, May 20, 12:40 PM
Who Goes Where?
Bishop Michael Lowry, Presider

Entrance and Word

Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross

THE WORD IN OUR HEARING: Matthew 27:62-66


Matthew 28:1-8

You’ve Got to Move


Where do we go?

Do we go to nail things down,
to button things up,
to make sure nothing can happen
we don’t expect
or want?

Or do we go
to stir things up,
to make things happen,
without any certainty of what
may happen next?

Do we go like soldiers to seal a tomb?
Or do we go into Galilee
to meet the One who has gone on ahead of us
and waits for us there?

Where have we gone
this General Conference?

Where have you gone?

Where will you go next?


Let us pray.

Where have we gone?
When we thought we were securing your way,
we were blocking you.
When we thought we were going astray,
you were leading us.
Confused and sinful are we,
bent on our own way,
and scared of yours.
Forgive us, Lord Jesus,
and call us again to go
where you have gone


We have gone the wrong way, a dead-end way,
and we have admitted it.
We have avoided the right way, the living way,
and we turn back to it now.
God forgives our waywardness
and honors our obedience,
even when it comes late.

Therefore, in the peace and power of Christ,
whose way we commit to follow,
go in the right way,
and keep on going.

[All share the peace of Christ.]

The Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing
always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth.

From before all time
to the consummation of time
you are Lord, living and true,
source of life and love
that rings throughout the universe.
Angels adore you,
seraphim laud you,
martyrs praise you,
creatures and people
of every ability, language and land
magnify your name,
and we join their song:

(singing) Alpha and Omega

We give all glory to you, Eternal God,
and to Christ, the Lamb that was slain,
seated at your right hand.

For in him, O God,
you have conquered death,
ravaged hell,
burst the tomb,
broken the chains of evil,
and freed all creation
from its captivity to corruption.
And through him you continue
to make all things new.

So renew in us
by the outpouring of your Spirit
upon us and upon these gifts of bread and wine
that mind which was in Christ Jesus,
who, on the night he was betrayed
took on the form of a servant,
washed the feet of his disciples,
and offered them himself,
bread as his body,
wine as his blood,
and commanded them
to love one another
as he had loved them,
as they continued to break the bread
and drink the cup,
remembering their Lord
until he should come again in glory.

Even so, come, Holy Spirit.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Come, and make us one with you
in this feast, Eternal Triune God,
one in body, mind and spirit,
one with each other,
and one in the mission of Christ,
wherever he goes ahead of us
and bids us to come meet him
to conquer death,
break every chain,
and renew the whole creation.

All glory and honor and worship and praise,
and thanksgiving be to you,
Holy Triune God,
now and forever. Amen.

Breaking and Sharing

Thanksgiving after Communion

Almighty God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery
in which you have given yourself to us.
Send us now to give ourselves for others,
going where you have gone ahead of us
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Jesus Christ is in you.
The Spirit is poured out upon you.
The Creator’s love reigns over you.

Therefore, go.

And as God’s people, sing:

Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen




Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross; words: Fanny J. Crosby; music: William H. Doane. Found at #4235 Africana Hymnal. Public Domain.

You’ve Got to Move; words and music: Traditional. Music transcribed by William S. Moon. Transcription © 2015 Abingdon Press, admin. by The Copyright Company. Found at #4077 Africana Hymnal.

Alpha and Omega; words: Erasmus Mutanbira; music: Trad. African, transcribed by William S. Moon. © 2011 Integrity’s Praise! Music (BMI) Sound of the New Breed (BMI) (admin. at Found at #4029 Africana Hymnal.

Thanksgiving after Communion adapted by Taylor Burton-Edwards, © 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988 The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.

Inviting, Confessing, Great Thanksgiving, and Sending by Taylor Burton-Edwards, © 2015, The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church. Used by permission.


Bishops Joaguina Nhanala (left) and Debie Wallace-Padgetts bless the elements of Holy Communion during a worship service sponsored by the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.


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