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LAITY SUNDAY

Observed on the third Sunday in October, this day calls the Church to celebrate the ministry of Christians of all ages in the home, workplace, congregation, community, and world.

Suggested Hymns from UMH

567–93 Called to God's Mission 558 We Are the Church

Litany

From the beginning, God entered into covenant with the human family:
with Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham and Sarah,
Moses, Deborah, Ruth, and Jeremiah.
Through baptism, Jesus Christ calls us into the covenant
and makes us ministers of Christ's righteousness.

All Christian ministry is Christ's work of outreaching love.
It demonstrates a common life of gratitude and devotion,
witness and service, celebration and discipleship.
All Christians are called to Christ's servanthood in the world,
to the glory of God and for human fulfillment.

The Church, as the community of the new covenant,
participates in Christ's ministry of grace.
It stretches out to human needs
wherever service may convey God's love and ours.

In our ministry of servanthood is this ultimate concern:
that all may be renewed in the image of their Creator,
and that all Christians are called to minister
in deeds and words that heal and free. Amen.

(ADAPTED FROM THE BOOK OF DISCIPLINE 1992, PARAGRAPHS 101–07)

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