APC Opening Worship

Reimagining-Future-Mission-TogetherGATHERING

Gathering Songs led by the Ghanaian Choir

Introit

Welcome to Westminster Central Hall Revd Martin Turner

Hymn 744
O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer's praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of his grace!

My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honours of thy name.

Jesus - the name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease;
'Tis music in the sinner's ears,
'Tis life, and health, and peace.

He breaks the power of cancelled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me.

He speaks; and, listening to his voice,
New life the dead receive;
The mournful, broken hearts rejoice;
The humble poor believe.

Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb,
Your loosened tongues employ;
Ye blind, behold your Saviour come;
And leap, ye lame, for joy!

See all your sins on Jesus laid:
The Lamb of God was slain;
His soul was once an offering made
For every soul of man.

In Christ, our Head, you then shall know
Shall feel, your sins forgiven,
Anticipate your heaven below,
And own that love is heaven.

Charles Wesley 1707-88

PRAYERS of Approach and Adoration

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known and from whom no secrets are hidden, we rejoice to be as one in your great human family on earth and in heaven, invited by you into your holy presence, to worship and adore you, as the rainbow people of God.

Leader: Loving God

The People: We approach you

Holy God, who keeps the mystery of divinity but who shows us though your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, what it is to be divinely human, we bow our hearts and minds in adoration, thanking you for your Son.

Leader: Loving God

The People: We adore you

Creator God, who has made each of us according to your plan, we come from far and wide, with ease and at great cost, with hope and concern to apply ourselves to a new discipleship. Help us not to covet yesterday but to dream of a new tomorrow, so that the whole world may know your love.

Leader: Loving God

The People: We praise you

God of all we come to you, conscious of our need of you and one another, with a wish to play our part in you mission and yet recognising our own frailties, and ask that by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen

READING Psalm 95: 1-7
To be read responsively

STORY Edinburgh 1910 - 2010
Christine Elliott

HYMN All are welcome
Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live,
a place where saints and children tell
how hearts learn to forgive.
Built of hopes and dreams and visions,
rock of faith and vault of grace;
here the love of Christ shall end divisions:

All are welcome, all are welcome
all are welcome in this place


Let us build a house where prophets speak and words are strong and true,
where all God's children dare to seek
to dream God's reign anew.
Here the cross shall stand as witness
and as symbol of God's grace;
here as one we claim the faith of Jesus.

Chorus

Let us build a house where love is found in water, wine and wheat:
a banquet hall on holy ground
where peace and justice meet.
Here the love of God, through Jesus,
is revealed in time and space;
as we share in Christ the feast that frees us

Chorus

Let us build a house where hands will reach
beyond the wood and stone
to heal and strengthen, serve and teach,
and live the Word they've known.
Here the outcast and the stranger
bear the image of God's face;
let us bring an end to fear and danger:

Chorus

Let us build a house where all are named
their songs and visions heard
and loved and treasured, taught and claimed,
as words within the Word.
Build of tears and cries and laughter,
prayers of faith and songs of grace,
let this house proclaim from floor to rafter

Chorus

Marty Haugen
© 1994 GIA Publications Inc.
7404 S. Mason Avenue,
Chicago IL60638
USA
Used by permission CCL No. 45497


GIFTING
Welcome to Overseas Partners and the British Methodist Connexion.

We hear a gift from God:

READING Genesis 18:1-8
To be read in Chinese

Processing of gifts with songs led by the Ghanaian Choir

ENVISIONING

READING Acts 2:1-12
To be read in Fijian

REFLECTION:
Transformative experiences

Revd George Mulrain, President of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and Americas, and Dr Richard Vautrey, Vice-President of the Methodist Church in Britain

Anthem - The Heavens are Telling Haydn: The Creation WCH and Ghanaian Choir

HYMN  Heaven shall not wait
Heaven shall not wait
For the poor to lose their patience,
the scorn to smile, the despised to find a friend,
Jesus is Lord; he has championed the unwanted; in him injustice confronts its timely end

Heaven shall not wait
for the rich to share their fortunes,
the proud to fall, the élite to tend the least, Jesus is Lord;
he has shown the masters' privilege -
to kneel and wash servants' feet before they feast.

Heaven shall not wait for the dawn of great ideas thoughts of compassion divorced from cries of pain:
Jesus is Lord;
he has married word and action his cross and company make his purpose plain.

Heaven shall not wait for triumphant Hallelujahs, when earth has passed and we reach another shore:
Jesus is Lord in our present imperfection; his power and love are for now; and then for every more.

John L. Bell and Graham Maule
© 1987 Wild Goose Resource Group, The Iona Community
4th floor, Savoy House, 140 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3DH
Used by permission CCL No. 45497


Prayers of Intercessions
Sung Response:
Come, Holy Spirit, descend on us.

The Lord's Prayer, said in the language of our choice
.

HYMN 267
Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down,
Fix in us thy humble dwelling,
All they faithful mercies crown.
Jesu, thou art all compassion,
Pure, unbounded love thou art;
Visit us with thy salvation,
Enter every trembling heart.

Come, almighty to deliver,
Let us all thy life receive;
Suddenly return, and never,
Never more thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve thee as thy hosts above,
Pray, and praise thee, without ceasing,
Glory in thy perfect love.

Finish then thy new creation,
Pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see thy great salvation,
Perfectly restored in thee:
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise!

Charles Wesley 1707-88

Benediction

There will be a voluntary retiring collection.

Those taking part in this service are:

Christine Elliott, Secretary for External Relationships MCB is a New Zealand Londoner! She is fully committed to participating in God's mission and working with others to engage hearts and minds in seeking justice, mercy and acting in love. She has worked within the British Methodist church for 19 years.

Revd Dr George Mulrain, President of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas. With generosity and grace George challenges and calls us to living life beyond our boundaries in the name of Christ.

Steve Pearce has been the Partnership Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific for the last two years, before that he was responsible for Junior Mission for All and remains passionate about engaging children and adults with the worldwide mission of the Church.

Colin Ride retired last year having served the Methodist Church for almost forty years in a variety of roles, including that of Area Secretary for Europe from 2001-9. He is passionate about living on a large map and continues to reflect this in his ministry as a local preacher and his work for fair trade.

Margaret Sawyer is Equality and Diversity Officer for the Methodist Church in Britain and previously Women's Network Connexional Secretary. She is committed to justice and representation for all in the kingdom of God on earth.

Dr Richard Vautrey is Vice-President of the Methodist Conference in Britain. He is a General Practitioner in Leeds and is also Deputy Chair of the British Medical Association's GP committee.

The Partners' Consultation - From the beginning of Methodism engaging with the wider world has been foundational. The development of the Methodist Church in Britain included many overseas districts. In 2009 the last of these districts gained its autonomy. The significance of this step gave the opportunity to re-imagine the future for the Methodist Missionary Society for the 21st Century. Together, as worldwide members of Methodist and Uniting Church partners we will seek to challenge and support each other as we seek to engage in God's mission in the world now.

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