Communion Liturgy during the season of creation

Posted: October 9, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Invitation to Communion

(Service was written by Rev. Richard Bott for use during the Season of Creation)

Communion Prayer

One: God is with you.

All: God is with all creation.

One: Lift up your hearts!

All: We lift our hearts to God.

One: Let us give thanks to God:

Creator of all that is,

Christ that calls us to wholeness,

Spirit that blows us where it will.

All: Thank you, God!
One: We thank you, God—for everything.
A long time ago, you decided to start something new.
Out of that newness came all that exists.
Out of that newness came the stars in the sky,
the planets, and moons. The water, the air—and life!
All: Thank you, God!
One: Here, in this place,

on this planet,
you created life that took many shapes.
Single-celled creatures that became many-celled creatures.
Many-celled creatures that became plants, became animals,
became us.

All: Thank you, God!
One: Throughout our history, we human beings
have tried to understand how we came to be,
and why we came to be—
and how to be in relationship with all creation—

and with each other.
Throughout our history, we human beings
have tried to understand how all things came to be,
and why we came to be,
and how to be in relationship with you.
Sometimes, we’ve not done a good job of listening.
Sometimes, we’ve not done a good job of loving.
Sometimes, we’ve not done a good job of being in relationship
with you, with what you have created,
or with each other.
All: We are sorry, God.
We ask for your forgiveness.
We ask for your help.
Open our ears, our eyes, our hearts,
and our minds—
so that we might listen to your call,

so that we might listen to the needs of what you have created, so that we might speak those needs

and live your love.

One: When our ancestors made mistakes,
you sent them guides to help them on their way—
priests and prophets, teachers and healers,
grandmas and grandpas,
who called people back to your love.
And in Jesus the Christ
you were with us
to teach us, to love us, to save us from ourselves.
Thank you, God!
All: Thank you, loving God!
One: Jesus laughed with those who laughed,
and cried with those who cried.
He learned what it meant to be part of your creation

and tried to teach us with stories of seeds and sowers, of bushes and birds; in his love, he called us back into relationship with you.
And so we pray the words he gave to all of his disciples,
the ones that remind us that you love us
with all the love a mother can give,
with all the love a father can give, saying
All: Our Father, who art…
One: On the night that Jesus was taken away,
by people afraid of what he was teaching of your love,
he gathered with his friends.
He took a loaf of bread and gave thanks to you,
saying, “Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe,
who brings forth grain from the earth.”

All: Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe;

everything you have created is blessed.
He took the bread, broke it, and gave it to his disciples
saying, “Take this, all of you, and eat it.
This is my body, given for you. Each time you eat it…remember me.”
All: Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe;

everything you have created is blessed.
He took a cup full of wine and gave thanks to you,
saying, “Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe,
who brings forth fruit from the vine.”
All: Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe;

everything you have created is blessed.
He took the cup and gave it to his disciples
saying, “Take this, all of you, and drink it. This is my blood.
My forever promise to you and to everyone.
Each time you drink, remember me.”
All: Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe;

everything you have created is blessed.
Blessed are you, God most holy.
We ask that you would send your Spirit upon this bread and this cup that they, and we, might be the body of Christ—hope in the world, speaking, acting, and living the change that brings healing and wholeness. In this hope, your people praise you:
All: Holy God! Holy One! Holy Three!
Praise now and forever!
Amen. Amen! AMEN!

 

Invitation and Sharing of Gifts

Prayer after Communion

 

All: This bread we have eaten

comes from the earth.

The wine we have tasted

comes from the soil.

(Prayers of the Children of St. Paul’s)

Thank you, God, for sharing it all.

Help us to lend our voice in caring for Earth.

Help us to see the birds of the air,

the fish of the water,

the plants and animals that live with us

as part of our communion in your love.

In Christ’s name,

we ask it. Amen.

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Comments
  1. Kathleen James-Cavan says:

    May I have permission, please, to use this liturgy during Sunday morning worship on September 14, 2014 at St. Andrew’s United Church in Imperial, SK? I will give proper attribution.

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Best wishes,
    Kathleen James-Cavan

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