* Note to My Readers: Due to the busyness of the next month and a half, I'm making a few minor changes to my schedule of posting. All posts will continue to be made daily and will consist of material that has not appeared before on this blog. However, because my time will be taken up by my final thesis defense for my Master of Church History degree and by a trip to the Holy Land, several of my ongoing series will be on hold until May.

- On Wednesdays, I'll be posting some of my original poems from my college years, and then in May my "Evangeliad" poems will resume.

- On Thursdays, my series on "How to Be Miserable in Your Christian Life" will wrap up by the end of March. That will conclude that series for now; however, if you enjoyed it, please let me know, because I may add more to it at some later point.

- And on Fridays, my "Glimpses of Grace" series will be on hiatus until May. In the meantime, it will be replaced with a serialized, unpublished novella that I wrote back in 2005, "Worth It All." Beginning in the first week of May, "Glimpses of Grace" will return, this time in the Thursday slot, and a newly-composed adventure novel will be posted on Fridays.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Responsive Missions Litany (for use in a Christian worship service)

Leader: God has called us and is building us into one Body in Christ—here in this place, in this country, and around the world.

Congregation: Together we stand with our brothers and sisters in Christ, and together we uphold them in prayer.

Leader: God desires that every tribe and tongue and people and nation should come to know him and join his covenant-kingdom. He has set his love upon our hearts and has given his mission into our hands.

Congregation: Together we cry out for those who have never heard the Gospel, praying that they would soon come into the knowledge of the glory of God.

Leader: God’s love for the world is limitless, but too often our own love falls short. His passion and desire is for his glory among the nations, while we, his chosen ambassadors, follow our own pursuits.

Congregation: Together we confess that we have sinned—in what we have done, and in what we have failed to do. We have allowed sin to reign in our hearts, and we have failed to yearn and pray for the salvation of the earth. Forgive us, O God. Break our hearts for the things that break your heart.

Leader: Christ himself has commissioned us to bring salvation to the nations. We have this unsurpassed joy as our possession—of being called into the service of the everlasting God, of being used by him to redeem all things, and of taking part in building a kingdom that will last forever. So we declare together:

Congregation: We are your servants, O God. With joy we affirm that wherever you send us, we will go.

Leader: And now to him who is able to keep us from falling and to present us before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

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