Service of Holy Communion: Thursday, May 19

General Conference
Service of Holy Communion
Thursday, May 19, 12:40 PM
Go to the Lost Sheep
Bishop Jeremiah Park, Presider

Entrance and Word

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (tune: ZION, v. 1-2)

THE WORD IN OUR HEARING: Matthew 10:5-15

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (v. 3)

Inviting

Jesus’s instructions are clear.
Go to the lost sheep.

Not to your friends, or those who have friends,
but to the lost sheep.

Not to the people who can return your favor,
but to the lost sheep.

Not to the whole, the vibrant, the in-crowd,
the folks who have it all together,
but to the sick, the dead, the lepers, and the demon-possessed;
the lost sheep.

Go to the lost sheep.
Live among the lost sheep.
Be a blessing with the lost sheep.
Declare and make peace amidst the lost sheep.

Confessing

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus, you told your disciples to go
to the lost sheep of your household
and declare good news.
We have not gone.
Or we have gone and declared bad news.
Or we have gone and created more lost sheep.
Or we have gone and killed them, or left them for dead.

Our disobedience is grave.
Our faith, hope and love are weak.
Forgive us, restore us, and send us anew
to the lost sheep.
And we will go
as you have sent. Amen.

Silence

Bishop:
As the father had favor on the son who refused to work in the vineyard,
but then went and gathered the harvest,
so may our God forgive you,
and may the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.

[All share the peace of Christ.]

The Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Raise your hearts.
We are yours, O God.

Give thanks to our God, who is always good.
Your mercy endures forever.

All thanks and praise to you,
full of compassion,
abounding in steadfast love!
We offer you ourselves,
all that we have and are,
in thanks and praise
for all you have done
to give us life
in this age
and in the age to come.

For the bounty of creation,
we give you thanks and praise.

For families and friends,
communities and nations,
that bind us together
and help us sustain our lives,
we give you thanks and praise.

For opportunities to learn and grow,
in body, mind and spirit,
we give you thanks and praise.

For calling your people, Israel,
to be a light to the nations,
reflecting your love and righteousness,
we give you thanks and praise.

And for opening the way of your saving covenant
to all peoples through Jesus Christ,
we give you thanks and praise.

We give you thanks and praise, O God,
joining our voices with saints and apostles,
martyrs and prophets,
people on earth and creatures in heaven,
who forever sing:

Holy Holy Holy, Lord God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

We bless you, now and ever, Lord Jesus,
Christ, Redeemer, Teacher,
Proclaimer of good news to the poor,
Healer of the sick,
Raiser of the dead,
Cleanser of the lepers,
Deliverer from demons,
Gatherer of lost sheep
from yours and every fold.
Gather us, too, Lord Jesus.

Gather us, too, at this table,
and by your Spirit make us one with you,
with each other,
and with and for all who are lost or outcast,
sick or left to die,
all who long to hear and see and feel
your kingdom drawing near.
Gather us at this table, Lord.

Gather us at this table and feed us
with the spiritual food of your body and blood,
as you fed your disciples
on the night you were betrayed,
taking bread, and blessing God,
breaking it and giving it, saying,
“This is my body. Eat, and remember me;”
then taking a cup, thanking God,
and giving it to them all, saying,
“This is my blood, a new covenant for the many.
Drink, and remember me.”

Holy Spirit, come,
and fill our offering,
our praise and thanksgiving,
this bread and cup.
Holy Spirit, come.

Good Shepherd of the flock,
the lost and the found,
be glorified in the lifting of our praise,
and in the conduct our lives.
Glory to you, Lord Jesus.

Holy God, One in Three and Three in One,
yours is the splendor, and honor and power,
to ages of ages.
Alleluia. 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,
and especially to the lost sheep,
to declare and enact
the good news of your kingdom
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sending

Therefore go.
Go to the lost sheep.
And do all you can
in word and deed
to show forth the love
of the One who has found them.

And all God’s people sing:

Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen

 

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Acknowledgments:

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah; words: William Williams; music: Thomas Hastings. Found at #4013 Africana Hymnal. Public Domain.

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.

Photo:

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner blesses the elements for Holy Communion during opening worship at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

 

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