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 

 

 Introduction:

God calls us into the world to accept the cost and joy of discipleship. For the sake of God’s wholeness, that discipleship leads us to meet new people and enter new places where people have difficulty and where they make joy.  We are part of a church that values action.  It is not enough to talk about God’s good news or to act in ways that put ourselves at the center.   A mission trip offers the opportunity to get personally involved, to reflect and put words to the experience, and to act again in order to make God’s love deep and wide in the world.  A church that “talks the walk” and “walks the talk” will be dynamic as we address need and exclusion and shape a world where access and bounty are for all.

Scripture:  Deuteronomy 6: 4-9
Hear O Israel:  The LORD is our God, the LORD alone.  You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.  Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart.  Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.  Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Commissioning of the Mission Team & Covenanting with the Congregation

One:     You are going on a journey in which you will experience new people, new places,
              new justice issues.

Team:  
May we develop new habits of faithfulness.

Many:    We promise to go with you in spirit and prayer.

One:     
You are embarking on a trip where you will be challenged into new thinking and, at times,   
               reinforced that you already are on paths of right relationship with God and others.

Team:    
May we return energized for new forms of discipleship.

Many:     We promise to listen to you and follow your lead in these commitments when you return.

One:      
You are going on a mission in which God sends you to be love in the midst of others.

Team:    
May we commit our whole lives to loving God with all our heart, soul and might.

Many:   We pray to be part of this culture of engaged action that changes the world for God’s good.      

All:       May it be so.



Contact Info

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