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Come and Go with Me to My Father's House

A Litany of Song and Scripture from John 15:9-15
(Music: "Come and Go with Me to My Father's House," African American Heritage Hymnal, #596. For Amazon music sample, scroll down on this page:
http://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Sings-Church-Various-Artists/dp/B00000DLV5)

People: (Sing) "Come and Go with Me to My Father's House" (First verse, African American Heritage Hymnal, #596)

Leader: As the Father has loved me, I have I loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. (John 15:9-10, NRSV)

People: (Sing) Peace and love abide in my Father's house. (Second verse)

Leader: I have said these things to you so . . . that your joy may be complete. (John 15:11)

People: (Sing) Peace and happiness there in my Father's house. (Third verse)

Leader: This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. (John 15:12-13, NRSV)

People: (Sing) No more dying up there in my Father's house. (Fourth verse)

Leader: You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. (John 15:14-15, NRSV)

People: (Sing) Come and go with me to my Father's house. (First verse)

Leader: You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another. (John 15:16-17)

People: (Sing) Sweet communion up there in my Father's house. (Fifth verse)

Choral Reading with Instruments and Choir
(Psalm 98 and Acts 10:44-48)
[Needs: organist or people who play various instruments. Musical interlude with choir and organ: one phrase of "He has done marvelous things, Praise the Lord!" See the YouTube Demonstration.]

Group A: O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things.
(Psalm 98:1a, NRSV)
[Musical interlude with choir and organ: one phrase of "He has done marvelous things"]

Group B: While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. (Acts 10:44, NRSV)

Group A: The LORD has made known his victory; he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. (Psalm 98:2-3, NRSV)

Group B: The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit has been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. (Acts 10:44-46a, NRSV)

Group A: Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. (Psalm 98:4, NRSV)
[Musical interlude with choir and organ: one phrase of "He has done marvelous things, Praise the Lord!"]

Group B: Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody. [Musical interlude with strings sounds]
(Psalm 98:5, NRSV)

Group A: With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD. (Psalm 98:6, NRSV)
[Musical interlude with brass winds sounds]

Group B: Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who live in it. (Psalm 98:7, NRSV)
[Musical interlude: Let all the people shout, "Praise the Lord!" 3 times]

Group A: Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy at the presence of the LORD. For he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity. (Psalm 98:8-9, NRSV)
[Musical interlude: Choir members clap their hands, instruments play.]

Group B: Then Peter said, "Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?" So he ordered them to be baptized n the name of Jesus Christ. (Acts 10:46b-48a, NRSV)
[Musical interlude: one phrase of "He has done marvelous things, Praise the Lord!"]





The Rev. Marilyn Thornton is the Lead Editor of African American Resources at the United Methodist Publishing House.

Source: the Africana Worship Book for Year B.

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