Service of Holy Communion: Tuesday, May 17

General Conference
Service of Holy Communion
Tuesday, May 17, 12:40 PM
Go, Despising None
Bishop William McAlilly, Presider

Entrance and Word

Your Grace and Mercy (2x)

THE WORD IN OUR HEARING: Matthew 18:10-14

Your Grace and Mercy (Chorus)


God’s grace and mercy bring us through,
even when we’ve wandered astray.
God calls us all,
and feeds us together,
the never-lost and newly-found,
as one whole flock
at Christ’s table.

So let us be honest about where we have become scattered,
and where we have despised and harmed others,
that our Good Shepherd may seek after us
and gather us together as one.


Almighty God,
we have strayed from your ways
like lost sheep.
We have followed too much our own desires,
and wandered away from your voice
and your people.
Find us, and bring us home.

We have despised others
we deem less than ourselves
and not worthy of our love
or yours.
Create in us new hearts, O God,
that we may love as you have loved.


God’s grace and mercy will carry you through.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
Glory to God!

The peace of Christ
that breaks all despising
and restores the wanderer
be with all of you.
And also with you.

[All share the peace of Christ.]

The Great Thanksgiving

May the Lord,
who seeks out the lost
and despises none,
be with you.
And also with you.

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

Let us give thanks to the Lord who restores us.
What else can we do?

What else can we do, gracious God,
for the richness of your mercy
toward us,
but thank you,
and bless you,
and praise your name.

For the abundance of your creation,
we thank you, and bless you, and praise your name.

For the calling of your people, Israel,
we thank you, and bless you, and praise your name.

For the truth of your law, and the mercy of your heart,
we thank you, and bless you, and praise your name.

For the gift of prophets, the faithfulness of martyrs,
and the wisdom of all who fear you,
we thank you, and bless you, and praise your name.

We thank you, and bless you, and praise your name,
in our own tongues and voices,
and in the words of saints and angels:
Holy, Holy, Holy,
Lord God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Glory to you, O God most high!

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

Blessed are you, O Christ,
Way, Truth and Life.
And blessed is your reign,
forever and ever.

You have shown us the way
and brought us the truth
that leads to eternal life.
Blessed are you, O Christ.

You love the little ones.
You touch the lepers.
You feed the hungry.
You deliver the oppressed.
Blessed are you, O Christ.

You love enemies.
You touch the ones who seek holiness.
You satisfy those who hunger and thirst
for righteousness and justice.
You forgive the oppressor.
Blessed are you, O Christ.

And as for your disciples long ago,
you offer to set yourself before us,
in bread and wine,
your body and your blood,
and called them and us to remember you.

What else can we do,
in remembrance of you,
but thank you,
and bless you,
and praise your name,
proclaiming your resurrection,
and awaiting your coming in glory.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Lord God, Holy, Almighty,
send your Holy Spirit upon us
regathered into one,
and upon these gifts
of bread and wine.
Come, Holy Spirit.

Make them be for us
the body and blood of Christ,
that he may dwell in us,
and we in him,
one body with him now
for the redemption of the world,
as we shall be one with all who shall rejoice
when we feast with Christ
in the age to come.

By Christ,
and with Christ,
and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honor and glory be yours,
Lord God of Grace and Mercy,
now and forever.

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,
despising none, and restoring all who go astray;
through your saving love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


You have been brought through
and gathered home
by God’s grace and mercy.
Therefore go,
seek out the despised,
and bring them home, rejoicing.

And all God’s people sing:

Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen.




Your Grace and Mercy; words and music: Arthur Tannous © 1996 Thankyou Music (PRS) (adm. worldwide at excluding Europe which is adm. by Found at #4116 Africana Hymnal.

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

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


Bishop Peggy Johnson leads a communion service during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.


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