5. The Sending Out / The Dismissal
A] Read Matthew 28:16-20. What instructions does Jesus have for his disciples? (and how does Luke 22:35,36 add to this?)
B] At the end of the service, what difference do you find between the old and new titles (above)? Just as Jesus sent out 12 (and 72) disciples, expecting them to return and report, we end our service expecting to gather again, but with something to do before that. How do our prayers in this section (printed below) reflect and describe that task? What are the particular emphases of each one?
C] It is important that we go to serve in mission. The Anglican Communion has talked of the “5 marks of mission”, do you think they summarise what we have to do?
To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom.
Has the Church always done this? As a first priority? What gets in the way?
To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
Do we use effective methods of teaching? When people first believe, are they nurtured, and how could we do that better?
To respond to human need by loving service
There was a tradition of Christian care (in medicine) and teaching (in schools). Does this continue? What is is being done and should be done?
To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge
violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
Can you give any examples of how this is being done by Christians because they are Christian?
To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and
renew the life of the earth
Why has this sometimes been forgotten?
D] What else might you want to include (a 6th Mark of Mission?). Are the 5 above all justified by the faith taught in the New Testament?
E] We can’t all do everything. How can we be practical about mission, sharing the 5 marks? What does God expect of us?
F] Do you see Worship having anything to do with Mission, and vice versa? How would you describe the link?
The Sending Out includes :
“A post-communion prayer and/or one of the following prayers is used:
We thank you, Father, for feeding us with the body and blood of your Son in this holy sacrament, through which we are assured of the hope of eternal life. We offer ourselves to you as a living sacrifice. Keep us in the fellowship of his body, the Church, and send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.
Or Generous God, you have fed us at your heavenly table. Kindle us with the fire of your Spirit that when the Lord comes again we may shine as lights before him, who is alive and reigns in glory for ever. Amen.
Or Eternal God, comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken, you have fed us at the table of life and hope: teach us the ways of gentleness and peace, that all the world may acknowledge the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Or God of truth, we have seen with our eyes and touched with our hands the bread of life. Strengthen our faith that we may grow in love for you and for each other, through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. Amen.