Worship

Global Migration Sunday

Global Migration Sunday


There are 65 million people displaced in the world today. That’s more than at any time since World War II. Displaced people are on the move for many reasons. They carry nearly as many labels: migrants, refugees, aliens, immigrants, asylum seekers. More than 21 million have been granted official refugee status by the United Nations and have the potential to be settled permanently in a new home through established systems. Others will continue to search for a sense of safety and home for many years to come.

As United Methodists, we have a long history of walking alongside people impacted by war, violence, economic hardship, persecution, and political unrest. The United Methodist Council of Bishops has backed designating a Sunday (December 3, 2017) for prayers about the global migration crisis and for collecting a special offering to address suffering caused by forced migration. These worship resources support recognition of this Global Migration Sunday.

Additional resources and graphics to support Global Migration Sunday are available from UMCmigration.org »

 

Prayer for Illumination Translations

Translations of the Prayer for Illumination for Global Migration Sunday are available for download in Bulgarian, Dutch, German, Korean, Thai, Kiswahili, Portuguese, French, and Spanish.

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Planning Notes

Global Migration Sunday this year falls on the First Sunday of Advent, the launch of the new Christian year. As we note in the Book of Worship, twice, special days and other programmatic emphases “should never take precedence over the particular day in the Christian year” (422, 434). Instead,  […]

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Order of Worship

This order of service, as provided, presumes you may observe Global Migration Sunday on Sunday morning as your regular worship service. You may find in your context a more impactful way to give emphasis to our calling to be in ministry with migrants, immigrants, and refugees would be to participate  […]

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Music Notes

Music notes and suggestions for the Global Migration Sunday, Advent 1 — Year A (December 3, 2017). Song selections include For Everyone Born, Ubi Caritas, Hope of Nations, Prayers of the People, and more! 

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Sermon Starter: A Voice for Migrant Children Everywhere

by Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño  //  Our care for the children will shape them, and through them the culture all around us will be shaped. I believe Jesus was hoping that we would see that for the children, with the children, and through the children, we will  […]

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Sermon Starter: Fellow Citizens in the House of God

by Bishop Rosemarie Wenner  //  There are 65.6 Million people on this earth who are forced to migrate. We in the global Methodist family of the World Methodist Council proudly say: “We are 80 million people, amongst them nearly 13 million United Methodists.” If we all become loving  […]

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Luncheon Program

Gather your congregation for an intergenerational lunch on Global Migration Sunday, December 3, 2017. This is a good time to celebrate and give thanks for migrants in your church, neighborhood, and wider community.

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