Matthew records the meeting of Jesus with the eleven disciples in Galilee, on a mountain where our Lord had directed them. When Jesus appeared they worshiped him, but some doubted. Their misgivings and doubts were quickly resolved, however, when our Lord declared that all authority in heaven and earth were now given to him. He commanded them to therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They were to teach these disciples to observe all that he had commanded them, and he promised that, even to the very end of the age, he would always be with them.This charge, known as the Great Commission, records the global charge for disciple making for the apostolic company and the Church in this age, until our Lord returns. All nations were to hear of God’s redemption, and all who heard and believed were to be baptized in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The evangelization of the world would be associated with the person of Jesus and the work of the triune God, one God (singular “name”) but three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). The triune God of heaven is calling men and women from every nation to become disciples of Jesus, who has promised to never leave them or forsake them. This is God’s commission for his Church.
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
O LORD our God, teach us to worship and adore thee, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God. Help us to recognize the truth of every effort to express something of that which passeth knowledge. Help us to feel and confess the feebleness of our own effort. So may thy holy name embrace us more and more. So may all thy creatures in heaven and earth, and under the earth, at last glorify thee throughout all ages. Amen.
~ F.D. Maurice, Prayers New and Old (Ferguson, p. 207)
Call to Worship
Blessed are you, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed is your Kingdom, both now and forever, Amen.
Te Deum Laudamus
You are God: we praise you; you are the Lord; we acclaim you; you are the eternal Father: All creation worships you. To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you; Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all worship, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father. When you became man to set us free you did not shun the Virgin’s womb. You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. You are seated at God’s right hand in glory. We believe that you will come and be our judge. Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.
Praise and Thanksgiving (songs and prayers)
Glory be to the Father, And to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, Is now, and ever shall be, World without end. Amen, amen.
*In the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, the term catholic refers to the Church’s universality, through all ages and times, of all languages and peoples. It refers to no particular tradition or denominational expression (e.g., as in Roman Catholic).
Prayers of Confession
Let us now confess our sins to God and receive mercy and grace to help in our time of need.
Assurance of Pardon
Having faithfully confessed and renounced your sin, Christ also has been faithful to forgive your sins and to purify you from all unrighteousness. It is certain, that there is One who has spoken to the Father in your defense, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One who is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and for the sins of the whole world. His grace and peace are with you now. Amen.
Petitions and Supplications, Ending with The Lord's Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
--Matthew 6.9-13 (KJV)
Doxology (and/or closing song)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
~ The Book of English Collects, No. 70 (Geffen, p.88)
Affirmation from the Psalms
The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”  The LORD sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your enemies!  Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning, the dew of your youth will be yours.
~ Psalm 110.1-3
Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
O holy and triune God, in whose name – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, all disciples are baptized, make your glory known through me today and always.