Service of Holy Communion: Wednesday, May 11

General Conference
Service of Holy Communion
Wednesday, May 11, 12:55 PM
Go and Announce
Bishop Beverly Shamana, Presider

Entrance and Word

We’ve Come This Far by Faith

We’ve come this far by faith
leaning on the Lord;
trusting in the holy Word,
God’s never failed us yet.
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh can’t turn around,
we’ve come this far by faith. (3x)

THE WORD IN OUR HEARING: Matthew 11:2-6 (3 times)

We’ve come this far by faith
leaning on the Lord;
trusting in the holy Word,
God’s never failed us yet.
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh can’t turn around,
we’ve come this far by faith. (2x)

Inviting

Christ our Lord invites to his table
all who love him,
who earnestly repent of their sin,
and seek to be at peace with one another.

We’ve come this far by faith.
Let us keep pressing on.

Confessing

With John’s disciples we’ve come this far by faith,
yet we have turned around.
We have left the blind among the blind,
and the deaf among the deaf.
We have made life harder for those with difficulty moving.
We have created more lepers, and cleansed but few.
We have consigned more and more to certain death.
And the poor hear bad news from our lips.

Have mercy.
Forgive us.
Then free us to see, hear, move, embody and announce
the way your kingdom is making in this world. Amen.

Silence

Pardoning and Peace

Bishop Shamana:
Jesus sent the doubting and dispirited as evangelists.
You are more than forgiven.
You are restored and given the word of Shalom
to offer one and all.
The peace of Christ is with us. Share it!

Great Thanksgiving

Jesus, We Are Here/Jesus Tawa Pano
[The people continue singing quietly, while the bishop prays:]

Jesus, we are here,
here for you,
here to give ourselves in thanks and praise,
for all you, with the Father and the Spirit,
have done, and are doing,
to save us
and make all things new.

From time immemorial,
you are God,
Holy and Triune,
delighting in creation,
rejoicing in all creatures,
and pouring forth life
inexhaustible and free.

Though we have destroyed your creation,
abused your creatures,
and profited from death, disease and decay,
you chose to make a people for yourself in Israel,
and a new people among those who were no people in Jesus Christ.

[The people stop singing]

And so, with your people on earth,
and all the company of heaven,
we join our voices in the eternal hymn of praise:

Holy, holy, holy
Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full
of your glory.

Hosanna,
hosanna,
hosanna, in the highest.

Blessed is Christ who comes
in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed are you, Lord Jesus Christ,
who has shown us the way of salvation,
where
the ones we blinded are our visionaries,
the ones we paralyzed move freely,
the ones we marginalized are the center of community,
the ones we shouted down until they could not hear or be heard
rejoice to find their words fulfilled,
the ones we consigned to death broke death’s bonds,
and the ones we called poor are source of life for all.
Blessed be your name forever.

Blessed are you, offering yourselves to us
as to your first disciples
in bread and wine over which you gave thanks to the Father,
bread, your body,
wine, new covenant in your blood,
and bid us remember you, and do likewise.

We remember your death.
We proclaim your resurrection.
We await your coming in glory.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Heavenly Father, pour out your Holy Spirit,
as we your children ask you.
Come, Holy Spirit, come.

Come, Holy Spirit, come.

Come on us, and on these gifts.

Make this bread Christ’s body,
and us his body renewed.

Make this cup Christ’s blood,
and us living witnesses of his reign.

Unite us with Christ,
with each other,
and with all creation
now, and on that day
when we gather at the marriage supper of the Lamb,
when all shall proclaim:

Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving,
and honor and power and strength,
be to our Triune God,
forever and ever. Amen.

Breaking and Sharing

Sending

As We Go

 

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Acknowledgments:

We’ve Come This Far by Faith; words © 1966, 1993 by Albert A. Goodson. Found at #4042 Africana Hymnal.

Jesus We Are Here/Jesu Tawa Pano; words: Patrick Matzikenyiri, © 1990, 1996 General Board of Global Ministries/GBGMusik. Found at #2273 The Faith We Sing.

As We Go; Verse 1 words, © 2015 The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church. Used by permission of The General Board of Discipleship. Verse 2 and Tune by Jeremy Johnson, © 2007 Vanne Ness Press, Inc., admin by LifeWay Worship. Found at #3183 Worship & Song.

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

Photo:

Bishops process to the stage behind an altar set for communion during the opening worship at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry.

 

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