Commissioning and Covenant Service for Mission Trip Groups and Congregations
(Use this resource to send a group on a mission trip and involve the congregation.)
"Act for Transformation -- Be Transformed for Action"
Covenant And Commissioning Service
For Mission Teams & Congregations
Leader: God's love is unlimited and unconditional.
Team: We go to recognize that love in those we meet.
Leader: God's love is abundant and extravagant.
Team: We go to be part of that love in the world.
Leader: God's love is friendship.
Team: We go to walk with our sisters and brothers when God calls friends - And in the journey to find ourselves friended.
Congregation: We send you from this sacred place into the world's sacred places. Go with our love, support and prayers. Go with our blessings. Go with our willingnes to receive you when you return and with the willingness to change ourselves with the new ideas, inspirations and insights you will share.
Team: We accept that love, support and prayers. We accept the responsibilitiy to be open to new ideas, inspirations and insights during this journey. We accept, with the help of God, the possibility of transformation of ourselves and others.
All: Go, to love one another; as God has first loved us.
Seeing people with new eyes
Touching the world with new hearts
Building community with new commitments
Engaging lives in ways that change our own.
--Mary Schaller Blaufuss--
Executive for Volunteer Ministries
"GOD, YOU LOVE THE WORLD!" A Hymn of Dedicaton Before a Mission Trip In Gifts of Love: New Hymns for Today's Worship by Carolun Winfrey Gillette (Geneva Press, 200) Also used on page 79, Mission Tripos That Matter: Embodied Faith for the Sake of the World by Don C. Richter.
"WON'T YOU LET ME BE YOUR SERVANT?"
In New Century Humnal No. 539 by Richard Gillard
"O FOR A WORLD"
In New Century Hymnal No. 575 by Miriam Therese Winter