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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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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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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A worship opening remembering & recognizing that *we* are treaty #idlenomore

I’m a minister in The United Church of Canada. I’ve been asking myself What would it do if we began each worship service in the Christian congregations we serve with:

“Giving thanks to the Creator of all things,
we acknowledge that we gather on the traditional lands
of people of the Katzie First Nation (in the case of where I live and serve.)
May we find ways of seeking justice,
of loving kindness
and walking humbly – together.”

I wonder what that reminder would do to us
and to our relations with our First Nations neighbours…
and to our living out of “loving God, loving our neighbours as we love ourselves.”

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Christmas Communion Liturgy

Invitation

*Hymn: “What Child is This?” Words: William Chatterton Dix. Tune: GreensleevesIn the Public Domain.

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: On this night of unexpected angels,
on this night of guarding shepherds,
on this night of awestruck fathers,
on this night of tired, wondering, mothers,
and on this night of Abundant Life,
we give you thanks, God of all Creation!
All: Heaven and earth are full of your Glory!
Hosanna in the highest!

One: We give you thanks that you
have been with your creation,
from before it came to be.
We give you thanks that you
continue to be with your creation –
in new life aborning,
in times of calm,
in times of chaos,
in death, and beyond!
We give you thanks that –
no matter what we have done,
or have failed to do,
you invite us back into relationship with you;
again and again.
We give you thanks that you
given us the gift of your love –
unearned,
unasked for,
unbelievable –
a gift filled with grace and wonder!
We give you thanks, God of all Creation!
All: Heaven and earth are full of your Glory!
Hosanna in the highest!

One: And so, with all Creation,
with the earth, the sea, the sky,
and all the creatures that live within it,
we join with your angels, and sing our joy:
All: (Tune: What Child is This / Greensleeves)
O Holy, Holy, Holy God;
O God of earth and heaven.
Creation sings, all heaven rings,
acknowledging our salvation.
Hosanna in the highest –
Blessed is the One who comes
In the name of our God
Hosanna in the highest!

One: And you give us this great gift:
Child of Life,
Prince of Peace,
Emmanuel – God-with-us!
In the birth of a tiny baby,
born on the edge,
born in a shack,
visited by the poor,
guarded by his parent’s love,
you give us yourSelf!
Alleluia!
All: Alleluia!
One: Alleluia!
All: Alleluia!
One: Alleluia!
All: Alleluia!
One: He laughed with those who laughed,
he grieved with those who grieve,
he listened and taught,
but most of all – he loved.
He loved us with a love
that pointed us back to you.
He loved us with a love
that shocked and challenged.
He loved us with a love
that raised up the lowly,
and sent the powerful away
to reflect and learn.
He loved us into new relationship with You.
Your Christmas gift to the world.
Thank you, loving God!
All: Thank you, loving God!
One: On the night before his life would be ended,
ended because overwhelming love can sometimes
cause fear to react in violent ways,
Jesus sat with his friends, celebrating,
like we sit with our friends, celebrating.
Together, they remembered the story
of the people Israel, brought out of slavery
by your love.
During the meal, Jesus took a loaf of bread
and blessed it,
giving thanks to you, God, for your gift of life.
He broke that bread and passed it to his disciples,
and said, “This is my body, given for you.
Each time you eat this, remember me.”
When the meal was almost over,
Jesus took a cup of wine, and blessed it,
giving thanks to you, God, for your gift of love.
He lifted that cup, passing it to his disciples,
and said, “This is my life’s blood. This is my promise.
This is for you and for the world.
Each time you drink this, remember me.”
So we eat, we drink and we remember.
A tiny baby born in a shack.
A great teacher.
God-with-us – then and now.
We remember.
All: (Tune: What Child is this/Greensleeves)
O Christ has died,
O Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.
Yes, Christ has died!
Yes, Christ is risen!
The Christ will come again!

One: Send your spirit upon these gifts,
God of all love,
that they, and we, might truly be Christ’s body,
living his love in the world,
this Christmastide,
every day,
all our lives.
Through Christ, with Christ and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory is yours, God most Holy,
now and forever. Amen.
All: Source of all life,
Divine Mother and Father of us all,
may your Name be held sacred by all creation.
May your kingdom and your will be lived here,
(as it is lived by that
great communion of saints
who have entered your Household!)
We ask that what we need –
what we really need –
would be provided.
We ask that you would forgive me my sins –
and help me to forgive the people
who have sinned against me.
Keep me from
that which would break me completely.
Help me to recognize,
and stand in the face of, evil
knowing that you hold me safe.
Yours is the kingdom.
Yours is the power.
Yours is the glory.
Not ours. Yours.
Yesterday. Today. Forever.
Let it be so.

The Bread is Broken / The Cup is Filled

Communion is shared.

Prayer after Communion:
All: For this Christmas gift,
thank you, God.
May it’s sweetness
be on our lips
and in our hearts,
as a reminder of your love.
Amen.

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Advent Candle Lighting – Advent 4 – Luke 1:26-38

Call to Gather/Advent Candles:
One: Wait. Watch. Wonder. Waken.
All: This is the Advent of our Christ!
One: Wait. Watch. Wonder. Waken.
All: This is the Advent of our God!
One: And, now, we waken!
All: And, now, we waken!
One: Because we can’t only wait.
We can’t only watch.
We can’t only wonder.
We are called to be.
To be in the world and of the world
and with the world.
To be God’s people –
awake to God’s grace!
Just like Mary.
She chose,
in the face of oppression,
in the face of consequence,
to say, “YES!”
To God.
To Christ.
To miracle.
To life and life abundant.
Where are the people who are awakening!?
All: Here!
One: To what are you waking?
All: A baby.
A child.
The Christ.

One: When will you wake?
All: In 13 (6) days.
In nine months.
Right now.

One: How will you waken?
All: With hope.
With love.
With each other.

One: With God?
All: With God’s love, filling our lives!
One: Alleluia.
All: Alleluia!
ALLELUIA! AMEN!

Candle Lighting song: “Come Let us Walk” Music: Bruce Harding (c) 2010. (see )

Opening Prayer:
All: We want to say, “Yes,” God!
We want to say yes to Christ.
We want to say yes to life.
We want to say yes
to hope and wonder and joy.
Help us, we pray,
to stand against fear,
to stand against injustice,
to stand against everything
that tries to hide the world
from your love.
Help us to wake up
to you.
This morning.
Every morning.
Amen.

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Remembrance Sunday – Amos 5:18-24

One: God, we know you take no joy in death.
We know you take no joy our wars,
in our battles,
in our conflicts.
We know that your tears are for all your children,
of every land and race,
of every time and place.
We know that what you want for all creation
is life – abundant.
And so we ask for your wisdom.
We ask for your guidance.
We ask for your peace. Your salaam. Your shalom.
We ask for your hands to guide your creation,
for your love to sustain your creation,
for your grace to surround your creation –
now.
Forever.
Amen.

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Deuteronomy 8:7-17 – Thanksgiving

God-of-all…
we have set aside this day of thanks-giving,
because we sometimes have difficulty remembering
to live our thanks-giving.
We sometimes have difficulty remembering
to be thanks-giving.
So – thank you.
For – everything!
Open our hearts to realize
where thanks need to be given.
Open our mouths to share the words.
Open our hearts to be your love.
As disciples of Jesus, we ask it.
May it be so.

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