Responsive Reading for Laity Sunday: Living Vital Worship
October 16, 2016 is Laity Sunday in the United Methodist Church. I have put together a responsive reading that can be used in worship on this day or on any day in which laity and their ministry are being recognized. You can read about the history of Laity Sunday over at UMC Discipleship Ministries, including the theme of every Laity Sunday from 1929 through 2020.
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Responsive Reading for Laity Sunday 2016: Living Vital Worship
Adapted from Micah 6:8, James 2:26, Romans 12:1, Matthew 16:24, and Matthew 28:19-20 (NRSV)
Pastor: God has told us what is good and what the Lord requires from us:
Laity: To do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.
Pastor: For just as the body without the spirit is dead,
Laity: So faith without works is also dead.
Pastor: I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Laity: Let us deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Christ.
All: And as we go, we will make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and we will teach them to obey everything that Christ has commanded us.