Friday, April 15, at 10:30 a.m.
205 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune, NJ

The worship guide is being provided electronically on the screens in the Learning Center and online to emphasize our commitment to be environmentally-friendly.

The worship table is inspired by an Ebenezer rock altar. Artifacts from the General Commission on Archives and History are on display in the 1st floor conference room.

PRELUDE:

John Walsh, pianist

CALL TO CELEBRATION:

Reverend Lou Strugala, Chair of the Building Committee

Leader: This is the day the Lord has made.

People: Let us rejoice and be glad.

Leader: Brothers and sisters in Christ, we gather to celebrate and dedicate the Mission and Resource Center to the glory of God. Let us consecrate this space, as well as ourselves, as sacred so that all people who enter this place experience God’s grace, feel welcomed and are inspired to share in the mission. Today we will call upon God to use this place to recruit and develop transformational leaders, make disciples, grow vital congregations, and transform lives and communities. May the Holy Spirit’s presence and power be experienced by all who enter these doors. Come let us celebrate all!

WELCOME:

Worship through Song:
#3152 Worship and Song

Let’s walk together for a while
And ask where we begin
To build a world where love can grow
And hope can enter in
To be the hands of healing
And to plant the seed of peace

Chorus:
Singing welcome, welcome to this place
You’re invited, to come and know God’s grace
All are welcome the love of God to share
‘Cause all of us are welcome here;
All are welcome in this place

Let’s talk together of a time
When we will share a feast
Where pride and power kneel to serve
The lonely and the least
And joy will set the table
As we join our hands to pray

Chorus

Let’s dream together of the day
When earth and heaven are one
A city built of love and light
The new Jerusalem
Where our mourning turns to dancing
Every creature lifts its voice

Crying welcome, welcome to this place
You’re invited to come and know God’s grace
All are welcome the love of God to share
‘Cause all of us are welcome here
All are welcome in this place

OPENING PRAYER:

in unison

Creator, we come today asking your blessing as we dedicate the Mission and Resource Center and recommit ourselves to mission and ministry. We ask you to bless this day and every day forward. Bless the doors so that they swing wide to welcome all and wide enough to carry our mission into the world. Bless the staff, leaders and volunteers who serve here so that they may find courage for the journey and meaning in their work. Bless the ministry and mission so that we continue to make a difference in the world.

We come before you today God to dedicate and consecrate, and ask your blessing in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

ABOUT THE MISISON AND RESOURCE CENTER:

Reverend Clifford Still, Chair of the Board of Trustees

WORDS OF THANKS:

Bishop John Schol, United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey

LITANY OF THANKSGIVING:

Rosa Williams, Lay Leader of the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey

Leader: Blessed be the name of God whose presence here has been waiting for us to arrive.

People: We give you thanks, O God.

Leader: As we and others pray our prayers and sing your praises here, your Holy Spirit will bless us as we live out our calling together in the name of Christ.

People: We give you thanks, O God.

Leader: We will do your work here and in doing so will accomplish the ministry you have called us to: to recruit and develop transformational leaders, grow vital congregations and bring hope to communities in need.

People: We give you thanks, O God.

Leader: From this place many will go out equipped to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

People: We give you thanks, O God.

Leader: As we now begin our work here in this holy space, bless the work of our hands and the dedication of our hearts.

People: We give you thanks, O God. Amen.

OUR MISSION: BUILDING IN OUR PAST AND TRANSFORMING OUR FUTURE:

Alfred T. Day, General Secretary of the General Commission on Archives and History

A FUTURE WITH HOPE MINISTRY: Video

Worship through Song:
Our Hope is Built

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name
On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand

When he shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in him be found!
Dressed in his righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne!
On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand

IMAGINE NO MALARIA MINISTRY: Video

The GNJ Way:
Reverend Hector A. Burgos, Director of Connectional Ministries, United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey

Letters of Congratulation:  
Carolyn Conover, Director of Communication and Development, United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey 

Worship through Song:
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
UMH #400

Come thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, mount of thy redeeming love.

Here I raise mine Ebenezer; hither by thy help I’m come;
And I hope, by thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God;
He to rescue me from danger, interposed his precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love,
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.

SCRIPTURE READING:

Psalm 127:1-2

Nicole Caldwell-Gross, Director of Mission and Multi-Cultural Ministries
 1 Samuel 7:5-6a, 12

WORSHIP THROUGH SONG:

Great is Thy Faithfulness
UMH #140 verse one

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with thee;
Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
As thou hast been, thou forever wilt be.
Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see,
All I have needed thy hand hath provided; great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.

THE CONSECRATION AND DEDICATION:

Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, The United Methodist Church of New England,
Bishop Ernest S. Lyght, Retired Bishop of the United Methodist Church,
Bishop John Schol

Bishop Schol: Friends, rejoice that God moved the hearts of the people of Greater New Jersey to build this Mission and Resource Center as a place for praise and prayer, mission and ministry, and education and resourcing. Let us now consecrate it for service to the world and celebrate its holy use.

Bishop Lyght: Creator, mighty in power and of incomprehensible majesty, whom the heavens cannot contain, much less the walls of buildings made with hands, you have promised your presence whenever two or three are assembled in your name to offer praise and prayer. Grace this space with your creativity to inspire a world changing mission.

Bishop Devadhar: Redeemer, guide and empower the proclamation of your word, the celebration of your sacraments, the pouring out of prayer, the singing of your praise, the gathering of your people, the work of the staff, the ministry of the clergy and the laity, and the mission of your church.

Bishops Devadhar, Lyght and Schol together: Sustainer, fill this place with passion and power for an eternal mission that changes lives and transforms the world.

People: Now, O God, by the power of your Holy Spirit consecrate this Mission and Resource Center. Sanctify this place, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Bless us also and sanctify what we do here, that this place may be holy for us and a blessing for all people. Amen.

SONG OF RESPONSE:

Great is Thy Faithfulness
UMH #140 verses two and three

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy and love
Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see,
All I have needed thy hand hath provided; great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.
Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see,
All I have needed thy hand hath provided; great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.

CONSECRATION OF DESIGNATED AREAS:

You are invited to join in the consecration of designated areas of the Mission and Resource Center which will be dedicated by leaders of our ministry:

Communications Ministry (second floor southeast)
Reverend Jennifer Cho, First UMC in Newton
Carolyn Conover
Finance and Administration Ministry (second floor southwest)
Reverend Gina Hendrickson, Dean of the Cabinet
John Cardillo, Conference Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services
Connectional Ministries (second floor northwest)
Reverend Vicki Brendler, Chair of the Connectional Table
Hector Burgos
A Future With Hope (second floor northeast)
Revered Lou Strugala
Bobbie Ridgely, Executive Director of A Future With Hope
Episcopal Office (second floor southeast)
Bishop Ernest Lyght
Nicola Mulligan, Executive Assistant to the Bishop
Baptismal Fountain and Hospitality Ministry (first floor center)
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar
Jasmine Ferguson, Operations Assistant
Video and Sound Studio (first floor northwest)
General Secretary Alfred T. Day
James Lee, Manager of Visual Arts
The Learning Center (first floor south)
Dr. Javier Viera, Dean of Drew Theological Seminary
Nicole Caldwell-Gross, Director of Mission and Multi-Cultural Ministries

As you leave today, please take a stone to remember the consecration of the Mission and Resource Center.

Download the Full Dedication Ceremony Here