Testimony - Ways to Practice - Worship

Then I said, "Ah Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak,
for I am only a boy." But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a boy';
for you shall go to all whom I send you, and shall speak whatever I command you.
Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD."
Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the LORD
said to me, "Now I have put my words in your mouth."


— Jeremiah 1:6-9


Beyond Joys and Concerns
There are two dimensions to testimony: telling the truth to God about our lives, and telling the truth about God. Testimony is the task of every Christian. This resource helps people make their own testimony. It could be used during the testimony time in worship, or as a part of the offering, since we offer testimony. It has two parts: a guided meditation, and a guided sharing of testimony within the faith community.

Part 1: [Leader pauses after each question.]

Why are you here (this morning, today, this evening)?
Do you come to give thanks?
Do you come because someone has coerced you to come?
Do you come out of habit?
Do you come out of obligation?
Do you come out of desperate need?
Tell God the truth. God's Spirit will listen.

What obstacles kept you from God this week?
Anxiety about money?
Illness?
Anger with someone?
Lack of time?
Disappointment with God?

You own reluctance to lay open your heart even to God, the one who knows you better than you know yourself?
Tell God the truth. God's Spirit will listen.

Where did you meet God this week?
In worship?
In your family?
In a store?
On a street?
By water?
Tell God the truth. God's Spirit will listen.

Part 2: [Offer these questions for silent musing, then invite people to share the answers with their neighbors, or with the congregation as a whole.]

Where did you meet God this week?
What was God doing?
How did you know?

What witness would you like to be able to make this week? About what issue?
Will you make this witness with words or with your body?

What do you hope for this body of believers in the next month?
How might this body be Christ to you?
How might this body be Christ to your community?

Lani Wright
Cottage Grove, Oregon


Hymns
I Love to Tell the Story
" I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.
I love to tell the story because I know 'tis true.
It satisfies my longings as nothing else could do.
I love to tell the story, 'twill be my theme in glory,
to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love."
Text: Catherine Hankey

Go, Tell It on the Mountain
" Go, tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born."
Text: African-American spiritual

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
" What language shall I borrow to thank thee, dearest friend,
For this thy dying sorrow, thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever, and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never, outlive my love to thee."
Text: Attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux, tr. James W. Alexander

Tú Has Venido A La Orilla (Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore)
" O Lord, with your eyes you have searched me,
kindly smiling, have spoken my name.
Now my boat's left on the shoreline behind me;
by your side I will seek other seas."
Text and music: Cesáreo Gabaraín
Translation copyright (c) 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House




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