Commissioning and Covenant Service for Mission Trip Groups and Congregations

Commissioning and Covenant Service for Mission Trip Groups and Congregations

A Covenant & Commissioning Service
For Mission Teams and Congregations 

Commissioning:
When asked which commandment in the law is greatest, Jesus replied:  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it.  You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22)

As you embark on this mission trip, these twin statements converge as one.  As you travel to be fully physically, spiritually and mentally present with others in a different place and circumstance as yourself, you express a love of God with your whole self.  As you learn and grow from the experience, your neighbor’s life become s entwined with yours.  It is a love by God that will not let us go.

Covenant

Team:  We go to be present with one another and with those who host us.
One:     Love God.  Love Neighbor.
Team:  We go to make a change for good in our own lives and in the lives of others.
One:     Love God.  Love Neighbor.
Team:  We go to experience God in new and powerful ways.
One:     Love God.  Love Neighbor.
Team:  We go so we can come back, empowered to work for a just world for all.
Congregation:  As you go, we go with you:
                             awed by God’s wonder
                             present with our prayers
                             changed by your commitment
                             and empowered to work together upon your return for a just world for all



Contact Info

Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
216-736-3214
blaufusm@ucc.org