Global Migration Sunday — Order of Worship

Advent 1 | December 3, 2017

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ENTRANCE

Greeting:

Pastor:  From the rising of the sun to its setting,
Right side:  From the East
Left side:  to the West,
Front half:  From the North
Back half:  to the South,
All:  Let the name of our God be praised!                    
 

ABBREVIATIONS
AH = The Africana Hymnal

CCLI = Christian Copyright Licensing International, https://us.ccli.com

FEB = For Everyone Born: Songs for an Emerging Church (2008), a collection of global songs published by The General Board of Global Ministries.

TFWS = The Faith We Sing (2000)

W&S = Worship & Song (2011)

ZSS = Zion Still Sings (2007)

Congregational Song:

Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending          UMH 718
Welcome                                                          W&S 3152
For Everyone Born                                           W&S 3149
Come, All You People (Uyai Mose)                  TFWS 2274
Jikelele (Everywhere)                                       FEB 1
The Jesus in Me (El Jesus en Mi)                    ZSS 132,
                                                                         W&S 3151
 

Prayer for Illumination:

Loving God,
whose light brings hope to the world,
send your Holy Spirit to illumine our way on your bright path,
so that we may live in harmony with our neighbors from every nation
until you gather all earthly migrants into your heavenly Kingdom,
through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. Amen.

OR

Tear open the heavens, O God.
Open our hearts.
Let your Word fall on our ears,
and wherever we may come from,
and wherever we may be going,
lead us all home.

Amen.
 

WORD AND RESPONSE

First Lesson:    Isaiah 64:1-9               Deacon or Lay Reader


Hymn:
Christ, from Heaven’s Glory Come                     CCLI# 1036962
            Suggested Tune: RATISBON (UMH 173)
Come Now, O Prince of Peace (O-So-So)          TFWS 2232
A Wilderness Wandering People                         W&S 3113

 

Second Lesson:    Selection(s) from: Leviticus 19:33-34                                 Preacher
                              Matthew 25:35b, Ephesians 2:19, Hebrews 3:12
 

Sermon                Selection from Council of Bishops or your own
 

Lighting the Advent Wreath

Hymn: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” stanza 1, The United Methodist Hymnal, 211

All [sung]: “O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.”

Reader 1: God of justice and peace, healing and comfort, we see all that is wrong and wonder where you are?

Reader 2: We are a wandering people, a people on the move because life where we were is unbearable. We seek a better homeland.

Reader 3: We are a suffering world. Our nations are filled with conflict and violence. The fragile earth cries out with longing for redemption.

All: We, God’s people, long for God’s presence, saying with the prophet: “If only you would tear open the heavens and come down!” (Isaiah 64:1, CEB)

Reader: On this first Sunday of Advent, and this Global Migration Sunday, we light this candle to remind us of our longing that God will come into the world, and of our calling to make a home for all whose journeys lead them among us.

Light a candle.

All [sung]: “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.”



Prayers of the People                                       Deacon or Lay Intercessor

Prayers of the People - TFWS #2201    
Prayers of the People - CCLI  #3414705      
  OR
Prayer of the People - CCLI # 7039048

THANKSGIVING (IF NO COMMUNION)

Inviting                                                            Deacon or Pastor   

The Lord requires of us a pure offering,
without blemish or spot.
We must be right with God
and our neighbor
to offer ourselves or our gifts to God.

Therefore, let us confess our sins against God,
and reconcile with our neighbors.

Let us pray.


Confessing                                                      Isaiah 64:6, 8-9 (NRSV)                

We have all become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. 
We all fade like a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

Silence

We have oppressed the immigrants among us,
and looked down upon the migrants.
We have not welcomed them or loved them as ourselves.
We have defiled your name.


Silence

Yet, O LORD, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.

Do not be exceedingly angry, O LORD,
and do not remember iniquity forever.

Silence
 

Pardoning and Peace                                  Pastor

As far as the East is from the West,
so far does our God remove our transgressions from us.   (Psalm 103:12)
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
Go, and sin no more.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
Go, and sin no more.

Glory to God. Amen!


At peace with God, let us now offer the peace of Christ to one another.

People exchange the peace of Christ.
The offering is collected.

 

Offertory Music

Choir/Ensemble/Congregational Music during Collection:
He Came Down                                                                                TFWS 2085
Pelas dores deste mundo (For the Troubles and the Suffering)       FEB 19
Peace, Salaam, Shalom                                                                   W&S 3113
Cherokee Morning Song                                                                  FEB 3
I Need You to Survive                                                                      ZSS 219, AH 4130

           

Congregational Thanks at Presentation of Gifts      

BOW 552 (All things come…)
(May be introduced and concluded by singing UMH 588)

OR

THANKSGIVING AND COMMUNION

Invitation, Confession, Pardon and Peace                  UMH 7-8

People exchange the peace of Christ.
The offering is collected.

Offertory Music

Choir/Ensemble/Congregational Music during Collection:
He Came Down                                                                            TFWS 2085
Pelas dores deste mundo (For the Troubles and the Suffering)   FEB 19
Peace, Salaam, Shalom                                                               W&S 3113
Cherokee Morning Song                                                              FEB 3
I Need You to Survive                                                                  ZSS 219, AH 4130
 

Great Thanksgiving for Advent                                      BOW 54-55
 

Congregational Song during Communion              

Hope of the Nations                                                 CCLI #3540703
Wounded World That Cries for Healing                    TFWS 2177
Stay with Me (Noho Pu)                                           TFWS 2198
Live in Charity (Ubi caritas)                                      TFWS 2179
Ya hamalallah (Holy Lamb of God)                          FEB 16
Glory in the Highest (Gloria en las alturas)              W&S 3057
Lord Jesus Christ (Jésus le Christ)                          W&S 3137

                                                           
Thanksgiving after Communion
Deacon or Pastor and Congregation

Thank you, God, for receiving all who seek you
in this holy mystery,
and giving all you are to every one of us,
your flesh and blood in our flesh and blood.
Send us by your Spirit to hear the cries of all lives, everywhere,
who long for your coming
and join them in your work
that makes all things new;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

SENDING   

Go in peace, love, and power
in the name of the our God
who tears open the heavens
and makes a home for all people.

Amen.

All [sung]: “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.” (UMH #211)
 

Other Sending Songs:

Sent Out in Jesus’ Name (Enviado Soy de Dios)                       TFWS 2184
Song of Hope (Canto de Esperanza)                                         TFWS 2186
Kanisa Litajengua (O, Who Will Build the Church Now?)          FEB 20
We Walk His Way (Ewe, thina)                                                   W&S 3073
There’s No One in This World Like Jesus                                  W&S 3036
                       (Hakuna Wakaita sa Jesu)
Rule of Life                                                                                ZSS 95, W&S 3117


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