Communion Liturgy based on “A New Creed” of The United Church of Canada

Invitation
*Hymn: Let Us Build a House More Voices 1
One: God is with you!
All: And also with you!
One: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to God.
One: Let us give thanks to God, our God.
All: It is right to give God thanks and praise.
One: It is truly right that we thank you,
and we praise you, God Most Holy,
Creator of All! For…
All: We are not alone,
we live in your world!

One: We live in your world,
we live in your creation –
in all of its wonder,
in all of its life.
All: We believe in You,
who has created and is creating!

One: In your love, with your Word, by your Spirit,
you brought all things into being.
In your love, with your Word, by your Spirit,
you bring all things into being.
With that creation, you live,
entangled and entwined,
with all people, all places, all things.
Alleluia!
All: We believe in You,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new.

One: In so many ways,
in so many times and places,
you spoke your words,
calling us into deeper covenant with you.
Calling us back into your love.
Through prophets and priests,
grandparents and children,
teachers and preachers and
voices in the wilderness,
you called us, again and again.
And then, in Jesus – the Word made Flesh –
we encountered you in a new way.
In his love, through his life,
his death and his resurrection,
Jesus, Christ, brought all creation,
all of us,
into right relationship with you,
again and forever.
All: We believe in You,
who works in us, and others,
by the Spirit.

One: Spirit of the Creator,
Spirit of the Christ,
Holy Spirit, Love Divine –
you live in us and with us,
turning our lives and your world
upside down –
with hope, with wonder, with challenge,
with love!
All: We trust in You, our God! Alleluia!
One: We do trust in You. Thanks be!
Because life, even at the best of times,
can be chaotic.
At the most difficult times,
the ones when we can’t understand
what’s around the corner,
when we don’t know what to do,
or where to go,
or how to be,
all we can do is trust in You.
So we trust in your Love,
shown over and over again,
throughout all time, all space.
All: You call us to be the Church.
One: And so, as disciples of Christ,
we live with respect in Creation.
All: Help us to live
with even more respect,
Creator of All.

One: We love and serve others.
All: Help us to love and serve
with all we are,
Christ Jesus.

One: We seek justice and resist evil.
All: Help us to do more than stand and wait.
Help us to act rightly
in the face of wrong,
Holy Spirit.

One: We proclaim Jesus,
All: crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.

One: On the night that he was taken
to what would be his death,
on a cross,
Jesus gathered with his disciples
for a meal of remembrance,
a meal of hope,
and a meal of challenge.
As the disciples gathered,
he served them, washing their feet.
As the disciples ate,
he taught them,
helping them to understand
what would come.
As the disciples raged and disbelieved,
he loved them,
even knowing he would be betrayed,
even knowing he would be abandoned.
All: And his judgment,
was to love them –
every single one,
no matter what.
That is our hope!

One: He took bread, broke it,
and gave thanks to You,
God of all creation.
Then he 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 bread, remember me.”
All: In life, in death, in life-beyond-death
One: He took wine, poured it,
and gave thanks to you,
God of all Creation,
Then he gave it to his disciples, saying,
“Take this, all of you, and drink it.
This is my promise, in my life’s blood,
that sins are forgiven.
Each time you drink wine, remember me.”
All: God is with us. We are not alone!
One: Holy God, send your Spirit upon
this bread, this cup,
and all who are gathered,
that they, and we, might truly be
the body and blood of Jesus Christ,
alive in your creation!
All: Thanks be to God.
Thanks be to God!
THANKS BE TO GOD!

One: You, God, are our Mother.
You, God, are…
All: Our Father, who art in heaven…

One: The gifts of God, for the people of God!
All: Thanks be to God!
One: Come, for the table is prepared,
and our cup overflows.
All: Alleluia!

Communion is shared.

Prayer after Communion:
All: For the bread we have eaten,
for the wine we have tasted,
to the life we have received,
thank you God!
Help us to be your church,
in the days, weeks and years to come,
filled and refreshed
by your constant love.
In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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A Prayer for the Church (in its UCCan form!)

Blessings and honour and glory are yours,
God Most Holy!
For wonders past, for dreams to come,
and for this moment – ALLELUIA!
For our Grandmothers and Grandfathers
who believed that, in Christ, ut omnes unim sint;
for our Mothers and Fathers,
who built upon that dream;
for this ministry to which you have called each of us;
as disciples of Christ Jesus;
and for the faith that our children and grandchildren and on and on
live with every breath –
ALLELUIA!
And for this United Church of Canada,
part of the body catholic,
with its frustrations and its joys,
with its gains and its losses,
with its hopes and its heresies…
all that was, all that is,
all that might be –
ALLELUIA!
Guide us, we pray,
every voice, every thought,
that we might be
who you want us to be.
Now
and
all ways.
In Christ’s name.
Amen.

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For the Sunday before Remembrance Day

Call to Gather
One: This is a day of Remembrance.
All: not of “guts and glory,”
but of tears and loss.

One: For when our only choice is war,
All: then we have failed
Failed to be peace-bringers,
peace-keepers,
peace-lovers.

One: Let us stand in the face of oppression,
where we must.
All: Let us hold fast to those who have
lived the horrors of war.

One: As people of God,
as ones who cry, “Peace. Peace. Peace.”
All: let the torch we carry
be the light of the Prince of Peace.

One: In its light and with our worship,
All: may we, and the world,
find a little more healing,
a little more hope,
a little more love.

Opening Prayer
O God,
in this moment
we stand with the veterans of every war,
of every place and time.
Not only with the armed forces,
but with the innocents,
the ones caught in the lands of death.
Help us, O God.
Help us to do everything we can
to make this world a place
where the engines of death,
never need to move,
and the people who drive them
could always stand at rest.
Help us, O God.
We ask it.
Amen.
.

A Time of Memorial:
*The Last Post
*Minute of Silence
*The Rouse
*Act of Remembrance
One: They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
we will remember them.
All: We will remember them.

*Processional Hymn: Weep for the Dead VU 526

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For Proper 35: Leviticus 19.1-2,15-18; Matthew 22.34-46

And following a tragedy.

Call to Gather
One: In a world that cries out, “Fear me!”
All: We will listen to Jesus’ words,
“Don’t be afraid!”

One: In a world that wants us to hate the other…
All: We will live Jesus’ call to,
“Love God. Love your neighbour, as you love yourself.”

One: In a world that radicalizes…
All: We, too, will be radical.
Radical with our hospitality.
Radical with our hope.
Radical with our love.

One: Then come to this place,
ready to be who we are called to be.
All Let us gather together
and worship God.

Opening Prayer
All: Creator-of-all,
again we have faced a week of loss,
a time of confusion,
of sadness.
We ask you to bless our tears,
and the tears of our neighbours –
of every faith and worldview,
of every place and time.
Let these tears become a healing ointment.
Let these tears become signs of your grace.
In Jesus’ name we ask it. Amen.

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For Thanksgiving Sunday

Lighting the Christ Candle
One: All creation is made of star-stuff.
From the basic building blocks of the universe,
come fire, air, earth and water.
All: And all creation sings praise
to the Creator of all.

One: Baptized by the waters of the sky,
standing firm on the earth,
breathing deep the breath of life,
warmed by this flame…
All: we go where Christ’s light shines!
One: Alleluia!
All: Alleluia, amen!

Call to Gather
One: Make a joyful noise, all the earth!
Sisters and brothers on two feet and four.
Cousins who sing praise,
with growls and yips,
with birdsong and whistle,
with sound and scent
that human beings cannot understand.
All: Make a joyful noise!
One: Sing your praise with all your life!
All: Make a joyful noise!
Give thanks to God, your God!

One: For you are God’s own,
created in love.
Before humankind you were.
You are God’s own,
created in love!
All: Make a joyful noise!
Give thanks to God, your God!

One: Listen – and join in the song…. (attached sound is played)
Alleluia
All: Alleluia! Amen!

Opening Prayer
All: For life and all its goodness,
we thank you, loving God.
For our friends that fly.
For our friends that swim.
For our friends that burrow and squirm.
For our friends that walk, trot and run,
on feet tiny or huge.

Children:
They are holy. They are yours.
As important to you, as we are.

One: But their voices are going silent.
Women: We confess.
Men: We confess…

All: That we have made a difference in your world,
and not for the better.

One: Even as we give thanks, we know
that in less than 50 years,
we have caused over half of the animals you created
to disappear. To die. To move towards extinction.
All: Let this time of worship,
be a time that opens us to what is right and true.
Help us, O God, to be people of Thanksgiving.
Help us, O God, to live in ways
that restore, rather than destroy.

One: Let our lives truly be –
All: worship of you.
May it be so.

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Communion Liturgy for Advent (based on the “O Antiphons”)

One: God is with you.
All: And also with you.
One: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to God.
One: Let us give thanks to God, our God.
All: It is right to give God thanks and praise.
Cantor: O come, o come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lowly exile here until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

One: God, most holy, we do give you thanks as we gather at Christ’s table,
as we remember your love, holy and whole,
a love that has held us from the beginning of the beginning,
and a love that will hold us for as long as time exists.
Cantor: O come, O Wisdom from on high, who orders all things mightily,
To us the paths of knowledge show, and teach us in her ways to grow.
Cantor/Choir: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

One: We need your Wisdom, God.
We need your guidance.
We need your invitation – your calling –
Your whispers and your shouts –
Through the voices of prophets and priests,
Grandmothers and grandfathers,
Children and infants,
All who listen and speak your love.
Choir: O come, o come, great God of might, who to your tribes on Sinai’s height,
In ancient times once gave the law in cloud, and majesty, and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanual shall come to thee, O Israel.

One: Because we didn’t always listen –
Because we don’t always listen –
You gave to us your Christ,
Alive in the world!
Choir: O come, O Rod of Jesse’s stem, form every foe deliver them
That trust your mighty power to save, and give them victory o’er the grave.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
O come, O Key of David, come, and open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high, and close the path to misery.

All: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
One: Wholly God and wholly human,
A tiny baby, a youth, an adult,
A teacher, a healer, a challenger, a saviour,
He laughed with those who laughed
And cried with those who cried –
But, most of all, he loved us with a love that never ever ends.
A love that surpasses even death.
A love that brings new life –
Not only to us… but to all creation!
Alleluia!
All: O come, O Dayspring, from on high, and cheer us by your drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

One: On the night before he was taken to his death on a cross,
Jesus gathered with his disciples. No… he gathered with his friends.
He shared with them a meal of remembrance and freedom.
After an act of utmost humility and hospitality – washing their feet –
He blessed the bread and broke it, saying,
All: “Take this and eat it.
This is my body, given for you.
Each time you eat bread, remember me!”

One: As the meal drew to a close, he blessed a cup of wine and passed it to them, saying,
All: “Take this and drink it.
This is my promise in my life’s blood
that sins are forgiven.
Each time you drink, remember me!”

One: So we eat, we drink, and we remember!
Holy God, send your Spirit upon us, and upon these gifts,
That they – and we – might truly be Christ’s body and blood –
Alive in the world!
Through Christ, with Christ and in Christ,
In the unity of the Holy Spirit,
All glory is yours, God most holy,
Now and forever.
All: Amen.
O come, Desire of nations, bind all peoples in one heart and mind;
O bid our sad divisions cease, and be for us the Prince of Peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

One: We pray all these things to you, God – Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer –
Because we know that you are like a Mother who gives us life,
You are like our
All: Father, who art in heaven…
Amen.

Cantor: O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lowly exile here until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

One: The gifts of God, for all Creation!
All: Thanks be to God!

The Bread and Wine are shared.

All: With this taste of the Bread of Life,
With this taste of the Cup of Love,
Send us into the world, God –
So that we might whisper your coming,
So that we might sing your Advent,
So that we might live your birth,
Now and forever! Amen!

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Thanksgiving Sunday (based on Psalm 100 & Deuteronomy 26.9-10)

One: Shouts of joy!
Songs of praise!
Sounds of hope and love!
All: These are moments of thanksgiving –
thanks giving to our God!

One: Adonai is our God. Our creator.
We are God’s people, led by God’s love.
All: These are moments of thanksgiving –
thanks giving to our God!

One: Enter God’s house thanks giving.
Enter God’s house full of praise!
All: These are moments of thanksgiving –
thanks giving to our God!

One: God’s love is never ending.
All: God is good! Alleluia!
One: On this day of the harvest –
All: we bring our gifts to you, God.
You have brought us into this place
and shared with us this land,
a land flowing with milk and honey,
a land flowing with maple syrup,
Bless this thanksgiving, offered now to you!
In Christ’s name, we ask it. May it be so.

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Worldwide Communion Sunday – Communion Liturgy

Invitation to Communion
Great Thanksgiving
One: God is with you.
All: And with your spirit.
One: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift our hearts to God.
One: Let us give thanks to God, our God.
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Two: We do give you thanks,
and we do praise you,
God of all creation.
From before there was a beginning,
until after there is an end,
you were and are and always will be.
All creation is animate – alive –
in you, and with you, and beside you.
For everything that is,
came into being through you.
In praise and thanksgiving,
with leaves that whisper,
brooks that babble,
cyotes that yip,
the birds of the air, the fish of the sea,
the squirmers and the squigglers –
even the stars above…
All: We shout ALLELUIA!
We sing AMEN!

One: With our sisters and brothers around the world,
those who profess faith in Christ,
and those who live other paths,
we celebrate Life!
For we, who follow the Way of Jesus,
this is a day we remember all who gather
to eat the bread and drink from the cup.
With those who call this
bread, pa, pain, brød, bukë, çörək, matsoh, psomi
– and more!
With those who call this wine, wyn (vayn), vin,
verë, geenee, yah-een, krasee
– and more!
We come together to re-member,
that we are Christ’s people,
all around the world.
We are Christ’s people – no matter what!
All: We shout ALLELUIA!
We sing AMEN!

Two: Even in our brokenness,
even in our sin,
you call us back with your love.
Through mothers and grandmothers,
grandfathers and fathers,
through prophets and priests and
everyday people,
you call us back to your love.
All: And through Jesus the Christ!
A tiny baby, a teenager,
a person, like us!
Through him, you taught us
that there is nothing
that can separate us from your love –
not even death!
ALLELUIA!

Two: In celebration for the gift of his life,
the gift of his teaching,
the gift of his death and resurrection,
we sing,
All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might;
holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might.
Heav’n and earth are full, full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest,
hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest,
hosanna in the highest.

One: On the night before he was taken to his death,
Jesus gathered with his followers,
he took bread, gave thanks to you,
God of all creation,
and offered it to those gathered at the table saying,
All: Take this and eat.
This is my body, given for you.
Each time you eat it, remember me.

Two: After the meal was over,
he took a cup of wine, and gave thanks to you,
God of all love.
He offered it to those gathered at the table saying,
All: Take this and drink.
This is my promise, in my life’s blood,
given for you.
Each time you drink it, remember me.

Two: So we eat, we drink, and we remember.
We eat, we drink, and we remember.
All: (Memorial Acclamation – VU p.943)
Christ has died. Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

One: We celebrate that your Holy Spirit is present,
in these gifts, and in us,
that they – and we – can be Christ’s gifts to the world.
In celebration, we offer the words that Jesus
gave to all of his disciples, saying to God,
who is like our Mother, who is like…
All: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us, this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.

Sharing the Bread and Cup
One: Jesus Christ, the bread of life!
All: Amen!
Two: Jesus Christ, the cup of love.
All: Amen!
One: The gifts of God, for all God’s people!
All: Thanks be to God!

Prayer After Communion
All: For the bread we have eaten,
for the wine we have tasted,
for the Spirit in which we live,
we thank you, God of all love!
May this burst of flavour,
be on our lips and in our hearts,
so we can share your love,
with your world.
Alleluia! Amen!

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Worldwide Communion Sunday

One: The whole world is in God’s hands.
All: Everything that lives and breaths.
Everything that simply is.
Everything.

One: From the farthest spaces, to the inmost places!
All: God is with us
and we are with God.
Alleluia!

One: As people of Christ, gathered at table,
with our sisters and brothers around the world,
to remember whose we are, we shout,
All: Alleluia! Thanks be to God!
One: Shall we pray?
With all that we have,
with all that we are,
we worship you, God-of-all-Being.
Bless this day. Bless this time.
Bless this gathering.
Bless this world, with your overflowing love.
Alleluia!
All: Alleluia! Amen!

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Liturgical words for the “Third Sunday of Epiphany” – Year C

The texts for this week can be found here:
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 • Psalm 19 • 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a • Luke 4:14-21

Call to Gather:

O: Without you…
A: the body of Christ is incomplete.
O: Without me…
A: some gifts are lost.
O: Without her…
A: we may not have all we need…
O: without him…
A: to live out God’s call.
O: We are not all the same.
A: But we are all needed.
Wanted.
Loved.
In this time and place,
in all times and places.

O: Thanks be to God!

Prayer of Approach:

A: Give us sight, God –
help us to see!
Give us hearing, God –
help us to listen!
Give us voice, God –
help us to speak!
Give us strength, God –
so we would follow Christ’s lead:
to bring good news to those without,
to unbind the bound,
to help the oppressed be free!
Give us strength, God –
that we might celebrate your Jubilee!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Amen.

Words before Scripture:

O: Like the people who stood before Ezra,
as he read the book of the law,
let us rise up in our hearts and our hearing,
let us hear God’s Words in these words.
For God is great, and greatly to be praised!
A: Amen! Amen!

Words before the Offering:
O: All that we have,
all that we are,
is God’s.
Our task? To use these things –
our gifts, our lives, our love –
to live the Jubilee.
In our giving, let us forgive.
In our receiving, let us find peace.
A: In our receiving, let us forgive.
In our giving, let us find peace.

Commissioning and Benediction:

O: We’re…
A: going into the world.
O: We’re…
A: as ready as we’re going to be!
O: God…
A: is with us, no matter what.
O: God…
A: is with all creation, no matter what.
O: And so…
A: we are not alone.
O: And so…
A: ALLELUIA!

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