Laity Sunday 2016 Order of Worship

Disciples Called to Action: Living Vital Worship

Developed by Jodi Cataldo (Director, Laity in Leadership); Taylor Burton-Edwards (Director, Worship Resources); Dawn Chesser (Director, Preaching Ministries); and Jackson Henry
(Director, Music Ministries)

Abbreviations:
UMH=United Methodist Hymnal
TFWS=The Faith We Sing
W&S= Worship & Song

The Order of Worship

ENTRANCE

Suggested Hymns:

Now Thank We All Our God (UMH 102)
10,000 Reasons (Available from ccli.com)
How Great Is Our God (W&S 3003)


Prayer of Illumination
Use the forms of this prayer appropriate to the song you selected above.

Leader:
All praise and thanks are yours, Eternal Triune God,
and to you we give all glory!

OR

O Lord, we bless your name, your holy name,
pouring out our songs and our lives before you.

OR

How great are you God! Name above all names,
and worthy to be praised.
Our hearts sing to you today
as we will sing to you for eternity.


THEN:
We thank you for the privilege
of gathering together before you,
standing before your throne,
as your people, your church,
set free by your Word made flesh
from the power of sin and death.


THEN, ALL SAY EITHER:

All praise to you, O God!

OR

We bless your name, o God!

OR

How great are you, God!


THEN, Leader:

Holy Spirit, now move among us
through the words you have inspired,
and the testimonies of our lives.

Move among us, and help us remember who we are,
your church,
gathered from people of every age
in every tribe, every nation,
every language and every culture,
and made one people together
in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen


Hymn 558 (UMH): “We Are the Church,” Stanzas 1 & 2
 

WORD AND RESPONSE

Message Theme:  Living…Vital…Worship!
Four laity may offer the message.

  • Worship As Love: Matthew 22:37-39
    (The Great Commandment—To put love of God and neighbor above all else)

“Love the Lord,” W&S #3116

  • Worship As Discipline: Matthew 16:24
    (The Great Commitment—To embody God’s love individually)

“Take Up Thy Cross:” Words: UMH 415  
 Tune: GIFT OF LOVE UMH  408

  • Worship As Justice: Micah 6:8
    (The Great Requirement—To live God’s love through our actions)

“What Does the Lord Require of You?” TFWS 2174

  • Worship As Evangelism: Matthew 28:19-20
    (The Great Commission—To take God’s love into the world)

“Go Ye, Go Ye into the World,” TFWS  2239


Prayers of the People (Skip if using “A New Great Thanksgiving for Laity Sunday”)
The four lay preachers may become the leaders of the intercessions, or other laity may be chosen to lead the prayers.

Pastor: We will go, Lord, into the world,
telling and retelling the story with other believers,
taking the gospel and making disciples
among all the peoples with whom we come in contact.
We will go, knowing you will be with us.

So as we go, and before we go, we pray for the church and the world.

Lay leader 1: For our unity and the unity of your whole church in your mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world
People: Hear us, O God.
                 
Lay leader 2: With leaders at every level of our common life— villages, towns, states, nations, corporations, and international associations—that there may be peace and justice for all people
People: Hear us, O God.
                 
Lay leader 3: For the earth, that we may be and inspire others to be good stewards of all of the gifts of your creation
People: Hear us, O God.
                       
Lay leader 4:
 
With all who need your healing and deliverance, from physical or mental illness, isolation, deprivation, violence, and any form of oppression
People: Hear us, O God.
                 
Pastor: Hear us, O God, and make us also to be agents of your unity, justice, care, and healing. Amen.
 

THANKSGIVING AND COMMUNION

WHEN NOT CELEBRATING HOLY COMMUNION:

Invitation to Thanksgiving

Leader:
We will go, Lord, into the world,
telling and retelling the story with other believers,
taking the gospel and making disciples
among all the peoples with whom we come in contact.
We will go, knowing you will be with us.

You, O God, to whom we would
in these moments,
pour out our lives in service
and in thanksgiving.

But we know the barriers that stand in our way.

We cannot pour ourselves out to you fully as individuals
with unconfessed sin in our lives.

We cannot pour ourselves out to you fully as your body
when we are in conflict with others.

So hear our confession,
forgive and deliver us,
and give us courage to offer your peace
to one another.


Confession of Sin

Leader:
We have sinned against you and each other, Lord.
We have not lived worshipfully.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our confession.
Silence

We have not loved you wholly.
We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We have not lived worshipfully.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our confession.
Silence

We have not denied ourselves and taken up our own cross daily.
We live not lived worshipfully.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our confession.
Silence

We have not loved kindness, pursued justice, or walked humbly with you.
We have not lived worshipfully.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our confession.
Silence

We have not shared the good news with our lips or in our lives.
We have not lived worshipfully.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our confession.
Silence


Pastor/Leader: The saying is sure: If we confess our sins, God is merciful and just and forgives us our sins, and cleanses us from all unrighteousness.

In the name of Christ, you/we are forgiven.

People/Leader to Pastor and Each Other: In the name of Christ, you/we are forgiven.
All: Glory to God! Amen!


Pastor/Leader: As forgiven and reconciled people, share Christ’s peace with one another.
The peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.

The people share the peace of Christ with one another. After a suitable period of time, the pastor may continue:

Pastor/Leader: Forgiven and reconciled to God and one another,
let us offer our gifts and our thanks to God!


Thanksgiving Songs
During the Collection:

Thank You, Lord (UMH 84)

At the Presentation of Gifts:

We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise (TFWS 2031)

Pastor: Accept our sacrifices of thanksgiving and joy, O Lord,
     as, by your Spirit, we remember and proclaim who we are!


Continue with Sending Forth

OR

WHEN CELEBRATING HOLY COMMUNION:

Invitation to the Table (UMH 12)
Confession of Sin (UMH 12)
Act of Pardon (UMH 12)
Sharing of Peace (UMH 12)
Offering (UMH 13)
Great Thanksgiving: A Great Thanksgiving for Laity Sunday or A New Great Thanksgiving for Laity Sunday
 

SENDING FORTH

Song of Sending:

We Are the Church (UMH 558), Verse 5 only
 

Blessing and Benediction

Leader: Go into the world, denying yourself,
             and proclaim God’s love,  
             justice and good news,
             in word and deed
             to all you see.

Pastor: For the blessing of God,
            Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
            is with you, now and always.

Leader: So let the church sing: (TFWS 2072, Amen, tune and words only)
Amen. Amen. Amen, Amen, Amen!

 

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