This litany consists of scripture readings, responsive readings, and a prayer that can be used or adapted for a mission-themed worship service.
The whole church is sent.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The Spirit calls people from every tongue, tribe, and nation
to embrace and join in the mission of God.
We are called as individuals
We are called as a congregation
We are called as a denomination
We are called as a worldwide body of Christ
We are called as a multitude of believers with many expressions of church
Regardless of gender or age
of ethnicity or occupation
of experience, or education
We are called.
We repent of leaving this work to a few
for this mission is central to our being.
The whole church is sent with the whole gospel
The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
We are called to share the gospel of Jesus as good news of redemption for all creation.
to proclaim the assurance that in the name of Jesus
there is forgiveness of sin
and new life for all who repent and believe.
We recognize all aspects of life and community,
as well as the darkness in our own personal lives,
as needing renewal and transformation.
We commit ourselves and call others to a radical discipleship
that follows Jesus in the way of the cross
That not only proclaims but also lives out the good news of Jesus.
putting others above ourselves and overcoming evil with good
and working for God’s reign of peace and justice.
The whole church is sent with the whole gospel to the whole world
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
We are sent around the corner and around the world.
Our “ends of the earth” is another's “Jerusalem”
We are sent into every area of life
into science and art
media and marketplace
classroom, and sports field
pointing to the reign of God with what we do and say.
God’s good news is for all people,
those in our “Judea’s” who share our culture
and those in our “Samaria’s” who don’t.
We celebrate the abundance and diversity of the gifts and resources
that God has given to all peoples and cultures.
We embrace our calling as disciples of Jesus
to live and learn together as God’s witnesses.
Prayer (read aloud by congregation)
Gracious God, you have sent us into our neighborhoods and around the world.
Help us to follow the Spirit’s leading as we live as ambassadors of your peace.
Renew our hearts and lead us out of where we are most comfortable.
Empower us to be light in darkness and salt in a troubled world.
That we may be your witnesses as the whole church to the whole world with your whole gospel.
Optional Mission-Related Worship Songs: