Global Ministries Sunday
At this past General Synod and General Assembly, Global Ministries launched the Congo Initiative. There are a number of reasons for this specific focus. In 2011, both the UCC Synod and DOC Assembly approved resolutions calling for reflection, education and advocacy on behalf of the Congo. Over the past decade, approximately 6 million people have been killed in ongoing conflict and war for control of the Congo’s vast mineral resources. In addition, we have a long history of engagement in the Congo and today, through Global Ministries, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ continue this legacy of connections and relationships. I Corinthians 12:16 states that when one part of the body suffers, we all suffer. With a history and engagement in the Congo since 1899, we cannot ignore our calling to walk in solidarity with sisters and brothers there.
One way we can participate in this initiative is through worship. While we may speak different languages and worship in different ways, our common faith in God binds us together. As your church plans to celebrate Global Ministries Sunday, we hope that these resources, provided by both Congolese partners as well as North Americans who have visited the Congo, will serve to enrich worship and connect us anew to sisters and brothers across the ocean. God bless the Community of Disciples of Christ in the Congo and may we give thanks for the opportunity and privilege of journeying in faith with them.
“One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu- you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World.”
What would our world look like if all people lived by Ubuntu? We hope to find out! Join us in celebrating Ubuntu by designating a Global Ministries Sunday this fall. This second annual designated Sunday enables you to present the different faces of mission to your congregation in ways that deepen and widen world views and understanding. The excitement, engagement and experience of God’s global mission in our churches enlivens and revitalizes us as individuals and churches.
Materials have been collected and prepared for you to enhance your Ubuntu Sunday. Learn more about the ways your church and denomination are making a difference around the world. Worship resources - sermon tips to music suggestions; mission stories to print and mission moment videos to show; educational activities for all ages; and even a mission fair outline will get you well on your way. Consider becoming a Global Mission Church or undertaking a mission partnership using our handbooks. All are available free to you.
Join us in UBUNTU this fall on a Sunday of your choice. We want to hear how Ubuntu made God’s mission more real in your church!
|Prayers & Litanies|
Gifts in Open Hands was inspired by the bestselling Gifts of Many Cultures: Worship Resources for the Global Community, also by Tirabassi and Eddy (1995, United Church Press). This fresh, new edition, like the previous, contains a wealth of multicultural liturgies, prayers, affirmations, blessings, and poetry by people from the global community. These beautifully written pieces can be used in worship and celebration of sacraments, sacred seasons, and all other occasions in the life of the church. The inclusion of black-and-white images for reproduction in church bulletins is included again in this volume, and an important new feature is the arrangement of translations so that materials in other languages are available to English-speaking as well as bilingual worship planners. There is also a thorough appendix with additional graphics and musical resources.
Ubuntu Litany from Fiji - Aaron Wiggins, Fiji
Litany from Haiti - Jeanette Salley, Haiti
A Responsive Litany - Ken and Betty Frank, Turkey
Litany - Dare to Do as I Did - Patricia Gómez, Chile
Prayer for the Coming of the Spirit - Come Spirit of the Lord - Elena Huegel, Chile
Prayer of Intercession - Systems that Keep us in Bondage - Jon Barnes, Mozambique
|Songs & Hymns|
|Sunday School Ideas|
|Special Giving Project Opportunities|
|Mission Fair Activities|
Some Global Ministries missionaries are availble for SKYPE interviews during Sunday Worship. To set-up a Missionary SKYPE presentation or to request the physical presence of a Global Ministries speaker, contact Jan Aerie email@example.com
| 2011 Resources