Service of Holy Communion: Monday, May 16

General Conference
Service of Holy Communion
Monday, May 16, 12:40 PM
As You Go, Call All
Bishop Linda Lee, Presider

Entrance and Word

Sign Me Up (2x)

THE WORD IN OUR HEARING: Matthew 22:1-14

Sign Me Up (chorus)

Inviting

Even if we were invited late,
we’ve been invited
to the wedding supper of the Lamb.
Lord, help us be ready.

Confessing

Let us confess our sin against God and our neighbors.

Almighty God, we confess we have sinned against you
and against our neighbors.
We have resisted your invitation to live under your reign,
and even when we have shown up,
we have refused to be identified with all who celebrate with you.
We have not loved you.
We have disrespected our neighbors who you love.

Have mercy.
Forgive us.
Clothe us, and we shall be clothed and ready. Amen.

Silence

Pardoning and Peace

When we confess our sin,
God is faithful and just to forgive us our sin
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
And when God lifts the burden of our sin from us,
we are changed.
We are forgiven, and clothed with the wedding garment.
the garment of peace.
Let us share the peace of Christ with one another.

Great Thanksgiving

This is the house of the Lord,
and we are God’s household.

You who are clothed with the garments of praise,
hearts up, hands held high!
We are yours, O Lord!

Bring our God the sacrifice of praise.
We praise you with our lips and with our lives.

We praise you with our lips and with our lives,
in our singing and our dancing,
in our silence and our praying,
in our rising and our resting,
in our living and our dying.

All honor and glory are yours always!

Great deliverer, mighty to save,
you have never ceased to bless us
and all whom you have made
with bountiful goodness,
overflowing mercy,
and redeeming love when we go astray.

Your compassion is over all you have made.

From a barren woman
you brought forth a people.
From that people, once enslaved,
you brought forth a kingdom of priests and prophets
to declare your ways to all the world.
And from among those priests and prophets,
you brought forth Jesus,
born of a woman, yet your own Child,
to announce the banquet you had prepared
for all the world,
and by his life, and death, and resurrection,
to open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

How can we not join our voices,
with angels and martyrs,
cherubim and saints,
and all creatures in heaven or on earth,
declaring:

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord, God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is the Christ who comes in your name!
Hosanna in the highest!

Blessing and honor and glory are yours by right,
O Lamb that was slain,
for by your blood you have redeemed
from every nation, language, people, and tribe,
a holy people to serve before you,
and rejoice in your saving love.

We remember.

The night you were betrayed.

We remember.

The meal you shared with your disciples.

We remember.

The loaf you broke, and break,
the bread you gave, and give,
is your body.

We remember.

The wine you poured out, then and now,
the cup you gave them, and us, to drink,
is your blood.

We remember,
and we offer ourselves to you,
our sacrifice of thanksgiving,
our hearts, our lives, our all,
with these gifts of bread and wine.

Remember us, O God,
and pour out the Holy Spirit upon us
and these gifts,
that they may be for us
the body and blood of Christ,
and we may be restored as his body for the world.

Unite us with Christ,
with each other,
and with all creation
now, and on that day
when the trumpet shall sound,
when all the saints in Christ shall rise,
and we shall all be changed!

All glory to you,
Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit,
one 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 in the strength of the Spirit
to give ourselves for others,
and call all to rejoice with us
in your saving love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sending

Therefore go, all you who have shared the foretaste
of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb,
and invite everyone you see
to join you in the banquet to come.

And all God’s people sing:

Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen.

 

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Acknowledgments:

Sign Me Up; words and music: Kevin Yancy and Jerome Metcalf, arranged by Jimmy Abbington, © 1979, 2000 GIA Publications, Inc. Found at #4 Africana Hymnal.

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

Photo:

The Rev. Lorenza Andrade Smith holds the communion set that officials at a homeless shelter said could be used as a weapon during a discussion of ministry with the poor at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

 

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