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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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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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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Advent 3 – Communion Liturgy – Luke 1:39-55

Invitation

*Hymn: “What Wondrous Love is This”
Words: Verses 1,2,4 Richard Bott (c) 2011 Creative Commons – BY-NC-SA
Verse 3: American folk hymn (1840). In the Public Domain.

What wondrous love is this,
O my soul, O my soul?
What wondrous love is this,
O my soul?
What wondrous love is this,
that brought sweet Mary’s bliss,
that Child of Life to us,
O my soul, O my soul?
That Child of Life to us,
O my soul?

The Christ-child lives in me,
in my soul, in my soul!
The Christ-child lives in me,
in my soul!
The Christ-child lives in me,
and sets my spirit free,
His hands in the world to be,
for it’s soul, for it’s soul!
His hands in the world to be,
for it’s soul.

To God and to the Lamb
I will sing, I will sing!
To God and to the Lamb
I will sing!
To God and to the Lamb
who is the great I Am,
while millions join the theme
I will sing, I will sing;
while millions join the theme
I will sing.

This Advent-tide I’ll wait,
in God’s love, in God’s love.
This Advent-tide I’ll wait,
in God’s love.
This Advent-tide I’ll wait,
and at Christ’s table pray,
’till all the world shall eat,
in God’s love, in God’s love,
’till all the world shall eat,
in God’s love.

One: God is with you.
All: And also with you. / And with your spirit.
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!
Two: From the very beginning of the beginning, God,
you waited.
You watched.
You wondered.
Then, when the moment
(even though there were no moments)
when the moment was right,
your Advent ended –
and you brought everything into being!
One: Light!
Matter!
The stars and planets!
Water and earth!
Life!
You brought everything into being!
Alleluia!
All: Alleluia!
Two: And people. Us!
People who laugh and cry.
People who live and love.
People who are born and people who die.
People who live their lives
each and every day.
People from the east and the west,
the north and the south.
People of all lands and races,
all faiths and places.
One: People who have lived lives,
and people who live lives,
trying to understand who they are,
trying to understand who their neighbours are,
trying to understand who you are.
People like us, God.
All: People like us, God.
One: And, like us, sometimes people
lived out of your love.
Sometimes,
they understood how to love you,
and how to love their neighbours,
and how to love themselves.
But,
sometimes,
they didn’t.
People like us, God.
All: People like us, God.
Two: Sometimes they didn’t.
Sometimes they didn’t understand.
Sometimes they didn’t want to understand.
Sometimes, because of fear,
or anger,
or want,
or greed,
people stopped loving each other.
Stopped loving themselves.
Stopped loving you.
One: Or they forgot,
how important you were to who they are.
But you sent teachers,
you sent prophets,
you sent Grandmothers and Grandfathers,
to tell the story of your love –
to shout the story of your love –
to sing the story of your love –
and call them back again.
Two: You call us back again.
And so, with all of the voices of the heavens,
with all of the creatures of the land,
the sea and the air,
we shout:
All: Holy, holy Lord,
God of Love and Life,
The heavens and earth are full of your glory,
HOSANNAH in the highest!
Blessed is the One who comes in your Name!
HOSANNAH in the highest!

Two: You are Blessed, God most Holy!
When the time was right,
Jesus came to be among us.
Born into this life,
seeing your grace revealed in all things,
he laughed with those who laughed,
and mourned with those who mourned.
Through your love, he healed the sick,
he welcomed the outcast,
he challenged those in power,
and the structures that kept them there.
And he called us back to your love.
He calls us back to your love.
As a tiny baby, as a teen, as an elder,
before and after
in the presence of the Holy Spirit,
the Christ laughs and cries,
heals and welcomes,
challenges and loves,
again and again and again.
One: We have been told that,
on the night before he was taken
to be tortured to death on a cross,
Jesus sat with his disciples.
Ate with them, in a feast of remembrance.
They remembered God’s acts of salvation,
bringing Israel’s people out of slavery,
into a new land of hope and wonder.
They told the story as it had been told
for countless generations,
and would be told far into the future –
giving thanks to you, God of all love,
for bread and for wine,
but, most of all for the covenant of your love.
Two: Jesus took a loaf of bread,
asked your blessing upon it,
broke it,
and gave it to his disciples saying:
One: Take this – all of you – and eat it.
This is me. My Body. Given for you.
Each time you eat it, remember me.
Two: Close to the meal’s end,
he took a cup filled with wine,
asked your blessing upon it,
and gave it to his disciples saying:
One: Take this – all of you – and drink it.
This is me. This is my promise in my life’s blood –
poured out for you and for the world.
Each time you drink it, remember me.
Two: So we, his disciples,
eat and drink and remember.
All: We eat and drink and remember.
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

One: God, we ask your blessing on this bread
and on this cup.
We ask that your Holy Spirit would fill it and fill us,
that we might truly be Christ’s body in the world.
Fill our souls with your Presence,
that we might fill the world with your Love!
Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all is yours, God most holy,
now and forever. Amen!
All: (Your version of Jesus’ Praye)

Bread is broken and Cup is Filled

Prayer after Communion:
All: Our souls magnify you, O God.
Our spirits rejoice in you, our Saviour.
For you are mighty
and have done great things,
and Holy is your Name.
You lift those who have nothing
into our places at the table.
And you challenge us,
to sit with them.
Learning who they are.
Knowing that they are yours.
And you love us,
all of us.
Poor and rich.
Powerful and powerless.
Holy is your Name!
Amen!

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Communion Liturgy

God is with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts!
We lift our hearts to God!
Let us give thanks to God.
Thank you, God!
We thank you, God – for everything.
A long time ago, you decided to start something new.
Out of that newness came everything!
Out of that newness came the stars in the sky,
the planets and moons. The water, the air – and life!
Thank you, God!
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 human beings.
Thank you, God!
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 each other.
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 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,
or with each other.
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 live your love.

When our ancestors made mistakes,
you sent them guides to help them on their way.
Priests and prophets, teachers and healers,
grandmas and grampas,
who called people back to your love.
And you sent a child – Jesus the Christ –
to be with us.
To teach us. To love us. To save us from ourselves.
Thank you, God!
Thank you, loving God!
Jesus laughed with those who laughed,
and cried with those who cried.
He learned what it meant to be one of us – human in all ways –
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,
Our Father, who art…
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.”
Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe.
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.”
Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe.
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.”
Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe.
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.”
Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe.
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.
In this hope, your people praise you:
Holy God! Holy One! Holy Three!
Praise now and forever!
Amen. Amen! AMEN!

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Communion Liturgy

One: God is with you.
All: God is with you.
One: Lift up your hearts.
All: Lift up your hearts.
One: Give thanks to God!
All: Give thanks to God!

One: God, you dreamed a wonderful dream –
and into that dream you brought all things
that exist:
the rocks, the water, the air, the fire,
plants of all shapes and sizes,
animals that fly in the air,
or move on or under the ground,
or swish in the sea.
You looked at it all and said,
All: This is good!
One: It was good. It is good.
But, sometimes, people forgot that you created
all things in love.
Sometimes, even now, people forget that you
created all things in love.
Over and over, we did things that were unloving –
of ourselves, of our neighbours, and of You.
One: You sent wise-men and wise-women,
to try and help us to slow down and listen to You.
You sent Prophets and Judges,
Teachers and Preachers,
to try and call us back to Your Love.
Sometimes we listened.
Sometimes we ignored them.
Sometimes we pushed them away.
One: Sometimes we still do.
One: But, when the time was right,
you decided to send someone else
to your People. Jesus of Nazareth.
Born like us, growing up with us,
teaching and preaching and,
most of all,
loving us –
he tried to show us how to
live your Kingdom –
how to live your Love.
One: He laughed with those who laughed,
and cried with those who cried,
he invited everyone – everyone –
to eat together at your table of Love!
Today we pray for all who need your presence,
we pray for all who need your love,
we pray, asking you to help us
to be your hands in the world,
sharing your love everywhere.
We pray for…
(invite people to name those in need)
With all of the angels and saints,
with all of our grandmothers and grandfathers,
we celebrate Christ’s presence with all Creation:
All: (Marty Haugen.)
Holy, holy, holy are you,
God of power and might;
heaven and earth are filled with your glory,
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is the one who comes in your name.
Hosannah in the highest,
hosannah in the highest!

One: God of all,
we celebrate Jesus birth,
we remember his teaching,
we commemorate his death and resurrection,
and we wait, with hope,
for Christ’s coming again –
alive in our lives,
now and forevermore!
One: We ask that you might fill
this bread, this cup, and all people, everywhere,
with your Spirit.
As we eat and drink,
help us to remember the change Jesus’
brought to people’s lives…
and help us to remember the change
Christ brings each and every day.
May the bread we eat
and the juice we drink
help us to be one with all of Christ’s disciples,
help us to be one with all of Creation,
now and always.
One: On the night before Jesus was taken to his death,
he gathered with his friends and disciples.
He took a loaf of bread, gave thanks to you,
and then he broke it, saying, “This is my body,
given for you. Each time you eat this bread,
remember me.”
He took a cup of juice, again gave thanks,
and then gave it to his disciples, saying,
“This is my promise – my covenant for now
and forever – in my life-blood.
You are forgiven. All are forgiven!
Each time you drink like this,
remember me.”
All: So we eat.
So we drink.
So we remember.

One: Let us sing the prayer that Jesus gave to all of
his disciples:
Sung version of Jesus’ Prayer
One: Through Christ, with Christ and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all power and glory are yours,
now and forever, Holy God!
One: And the people said,
All: Amen.

Bread is broken, Wine is poured
Communion is shared.

Prayer After Communion:
All: Thank you, God,
for inviting us to your table.
Thank you, for sharing
Jesus – back then and right now.
As you strengthen our faith,
help us to be your love
in the world.
Amen!

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Christmas Communion

Invitation

*Hymn: “O Little Town of Bethlehem” VU64

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 God our thanks and praise!
All: Alleluia!
One: Blessed are you, God of all!
From the very beginning –
from before there was a beginning –
you were.
You loved all into being –
in a God-moment,
a point, a flash, an AHA!
And from that moment
all creation has expanded – grown.
Alleluia!
All: Alleluia! Amen!
Two: In love, you created everything that is,
from the smallest to the largest:
earth, air, fire, water –
and life! Life in all its shapes and sizes,
some we can only begin to imagine.
You looked at all life
and you celelbrated!

One: And you created us – humankind –
people of every shape and size,
young and old,
with our wondering & our wandering,
with our fears & our hopes,
with our joys & our pains…
and you loved us.
And you love us!
Alleluia!
All: Alleluia! Amen!
Two: So often, we wandered away from your hopes
for us:
that we might seek justice,
that we might love each other,
that we might love you.
Over and over again,
you sent teachers –
grandmothers & grandfathers,
prophets, priests and storytellers,
to call us back to your love.

One: When the time was right,
you sent the Christ to live with us.
To know, in the way that we know,
every moment of every day –
of what it means to be human.
In Jesus, questions were asked
and answers were given,
tears were shed,
laughter burst out –
and the cry for your lived love
was shared again,
“God’s kingdom is coming!
God’s kingdom is here!”
In the vulnerability of a tiny baby,
born of a young mother and a rough carpenter,
worshipped by the world’s least
and the world’s powerful,
he called us back to your love.
The Christ calls us back to your love.
Every moment. Every day.
All: Holy, Holy, Holy One,
God of love and life –
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is the one who comes in God’s Name!
Hosanna in the highest!

Two: We remember that on the night
that Jesus’ was betrayed, taken and tried,
he also sat down for a meal of celebration –
a meal remembering your saving Love.
He gathered with his friends and disciples,
like we gather, tonight,
and like many of us will gather tomorrow.
He took the bread and blessed it, saying,
“Blessed are you, God of all Creation,
who brings the grain from the earth.”
Then he took the bread, gave it to his disciples
and said, “Take this. Eat it – all of you.
This is my body, given for you.”
He took the cup and blessed it, saying,
“Blessed are you, God of all Creation,
who brings the fruit from the earth!”
Then he gave it to all who had gathered, saying,
“Take this. This is the cup of my promise –
my blood shed for you and for the world,
that sins would be forgiven.”
“Each time you eat bread, and drink…
remember me.”

One: So, on this night, when we remember his birth,
we remember, too, the gifts of his life,
his death, and his life evermore.
We share the words that he gave to us,
praying to God who is like our Mother,
like –
All: Our Father, in heaven,
holy is your name.
We ask that your kingdom would come
here, on earth, as it is in your heaven.
Give us, today, what we need.
Forgive us our sins –
as you help us to forgive those
who have sinned against us.
Save us from all that would harm us.
Keep us from all that is evil.
Your kingdom.
Your power.
Your glory.
Now and forever.
Let it be.

Two: Holy One, on this Christmas night,
we ask that your Spirit would transform us,
and these gifts,
that we might be Christ’s body,
alive to your Life!
Alleluia!

(The Bread is Broken, the Cup is Lifted)

Solo: “What Wondrous Love is This?”
Communion is Shared

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Transfiguration – Communion Liturgy

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 right, God, to give you thanks,
and to celebrate, here at your table.
All: Alleluia!
One: We give you thanks, for your love.
Love that created all that is.
Love that lives in all that is.
Love that surrounds all that is.
From the very beginning,
you gave us life –
and in that life, change –
and in that change, wonder.
Difficult times, simple times.
Times of joy and times of sorrow –
all wrapped up in this thing called life.
Two: From the very beginning,
you brought us into relationship,
with you and with each other.
In that relationship, we were changed.
In that relationship, you were changed.
Sometimes, afraid, we ran away from you.
Sometimes, afraid, we run away from you.

One: But, over and over and over,
you forgave us our fear.
Your love was so great
that you never walked away.
You called us back, again and again,
through the words of the prophets,
through the actions of the judges,
through the teachings of the grandmothers
and the grandfathers.
Through that love you were changed.
Through that love we were changed –
and, each time, we are made new.
Thank you, God of life!
All: Alleluia!
Two: When the time was right,
you sent Jesus, your Love made human –
to walk with us in our journey.
Helping us to see the hope of your presence.
Helping us to know the love of your life.
Helping us to feel the gift of your grace.
He taught all that your
“kingdom is coming and your kingdom his here!”
He laughed with those who laughed
and mourned with those who mourned.
By his gifts we were set free!

All: Alleluia!
One: On the night before he was put to death,
he gathered with his friends, his family, his disciples,
to share a meal of joy and thanksgiving,
to share in a meal of new life.
He took bread, blessed and broke it,
and gave it to those gathered, saying,
“This is my body, given for you.”
He took a cup of wine, blessed and lifted it,
and gave it to those gathered, saying,
“This is my blood, my promise to you,
for the forgiveness of sins.
Each time you eat bread,
each time you drink from the cup,
remember me.”
Two: And so we remember him.
And so we remember the mystery of our faith:

All: Jesus has died.
Christ is risen.
He will come again!

Two: Come, Holy Spirit, set your church on fire.
Bless this bread and this cup,
with your holy love,
with Christ’s holy love,
with the Creator’s holy love,
that it, and we, might be changed –
made new –
transformed by love into a new people,
into new life.
With Christ’s words on our lips
and in our hearts, we pray:

All: Our Father, in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever!

One: The bread of life.
Two: The cup of love.
One: The gifts of God, for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God!

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Communion Liturgy

One: God is with you.
All: And also with you.
Two: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to God.
One: Let us give thanks to God, our God!
All: Thank you, God!
Two: Yes, thank you, God, for all of the gifts
you have given Creation –
love, life and being!
Thank you for making everything,
from the littlest bug
to the biggest galazy.
Thank you for loving creation so much
that you dance with it every moment
of every day, in every day of every year –
from the before the beginning
until after the end!

All: Thank you, God!
One: We say, “Thank you, God!” because we know
that even when we human beings make mistakes –
little ones and big ones –
even when we hurt ourselves,
when we hurt one another,
when we hurt creation,
when we hurt you –
you never leave us. You never walk away.
You call us back to your love,
over and over again.
You call us back into community.
You call us back into communion –
into wholeness and hope.
All: Thank you, God!
Two: In Jesus, the Christ,
you taught us what it meant to be truly loved.
In Jesus, the Christ,
you taught us what it meant to be welcomed home.
Through his birth, through his life,
through his death and resurrection,
you offered life,
to his disciples – to us – to all creation.

All: He let us know that,
no matter what,
you love us with a love that can never end.
Hallelujah!

One: We remember the night before he was put to death
Jesus gathered with his friends and family,
and celebrated the story of his people.
He took the bread and gave thanks to you,
then gave it to his friends, saying,
“This is my body, given for you.
Whenever you eat it, remember me.”
He took a cup, filled with wine,
and gave thanks to you,
then he gave it to his friends, saying,
“This is my promise, in my life’s-blood.
Every time you drink, remember me.”
Two: So we eat, we drink, and we remember.
All: We eat, we drink, and we remember.
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 trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass 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.

One: The gifts of God,
blessed by God’s spirit!
All: Alleluia!
Two: This gifts of God,
for all God’s creation!

All: Alleluia, amen!

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Christmas Eve

God be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God, our God!
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
We give you thanks, God Most Holy.
We praise your name, Adonai.
We celebrate, this night,
your love for all of Creation.
Shouting, “Alleluia!”
Singing, “Gloria in excelsis Deo!”
Praying, “Peace on earth, goodwill to all.”
To all.
For you created all that is.
your love gave every thing its ability to live.
Through your Word all things came into being.
Earth, Water, Air, Fir.
All living creatures… including us!
Thank you, loving God.
With life you gave us time.
With time you gave us change.
With change you gave us choice.
Sometimes we have chosen to walk with you.
Other times we have chosen to push you away.
In all of those times – past and present –
you have remained true…
calling out so that we do not forget who we are –
whose we are.
Always celebrating when we finally return.
Thank you, loving God.
In time, you sent the Christ to be with us.
You sent the Christ to teach us.
You sent the Christ to help us to be who we were created to be.
In the infant, in the teacher, the the healer, in the messiah,
we were offered new life…
life abundant…
life eternal.
The Christmas gift.
So… with all of creation, we lift our voices in thanksgiving and joy,
saying:
Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of love and life.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is the One who comes in the name of God!
Hosanna in the highest!

As we gather at this table, we remember Jesus’ table.
We remember the friends gathered round.
We remember the celebration… and the sadness.
We remember the love.
In that remembering we cry, “Come, Holy Spirit.”
Come, Holy Spirit.
In that remembering the church sings, “Come, Holy Spirit.”
Come, Holy Spirit.
In that remembering all creation shouts, “Come, Holy Spirit!”
Come, Holy Spirit!
Come, Holy Spirit…
for you fill this bread and this cup with your presence.
Come, Holy Spirit…
for you fill all with your Love.
Come, Holy Spirit… come.
(The bread is broken.)
The bread of life – given for us all.
Remember his love.
(The wine is poured.)
The covenant of love – shared with us all.
Remember his gift.
(The elements are lifted.)
The Bread, the Cup, the Spirit…
God’s Christmas gift for all.
Amen.

Jesus’ Prayer

Come… for the table is prepared – and our cup overflows.

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