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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Mark 7.24-30

One: Who did Jesus come to teach?
All: Ev-‘ry-one!
One: Who did Jesus come to reach?
All: Ev-‘ry-one!
One: Girls and women, men and boys?
Saddened ones and full of joys?
Who did Jesus come to love?
All: Ev-‘ry-one!
One: With your spirit, Christ –
All: fill us.
One: With your wisdom, Christ –
All: teach us.
One: With your love, Christ –
All: send us.
So we can worship God,
with every moment of our lives.
Alleluia! Amen!

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Song of Solomon 2.8-13

One: God delights in creation.
All: God’s love is amazing!
One: God calls to all things,
“Arise, my love – and come away!”
All: God’s love is amazing!
One: The winter is past, everything is made new!
All: God’s love is amazing!
Delighted in, invited in, given new life –
we come to worship God.
Alleluia. Alleluia! ALLELUIA!

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1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14

One: As we discern God’s will –
All: we open ourselves to Adonai’s wisdom.
One: As we seek God’s wisdom –
All: we open ourselves to Christ’s call.
One: As we live out Christ’s call –
All: we open ourselves to transformation.
One: As we are transformed –
All: we worship God!
Alleluia!

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John 6.35,41-51

One: Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.”
All: What did he mean?
One: Jesus said, “Whoever eats this bread
will life forever.”
All: How could he make such promises?
One: Jesus said, “Whoever comes to me
will never be hungry,
whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
All: In our bodies?
One: In our souls!
This is the bread that fills the hungers
that the world cannot fill.
This is the bread that feeds the souls
as we walk the journey of life.
All: Jesus Christ is our manna
gift of God forever and ever.

One: In that gift, with that gift, through that gift –
All: We worship God.
Alleluia!

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Ninth Sunday of Pentecost – Ephesians 4.1-16

Call to Gather:
One: Mom! He took my toy!
All: Listen – it’s time to grow up.
One: Dad! She’s sitting on my side of the car!
All: Listen! It’s time to grow up!
One: God… they won’t believe what I believe.
What they’re saying is not what I was taught
in Sunday School.
They are wrong, and I am right.
All: Grow up!
One: I don’t understand!
All: When you were very young,
you were sure that the world revolved
around you.

One: But now?
All: Now, you need to see
that you are part of God’s creation –
not the centre of it!
you really need to list
to what God is saying now.
Worship God with us,
rather than against us!

One: It’s time to grow up?
All: It’s time to grow up.

Opening Prayer:
All: Open our hearts, God.
Open our ears and our minds and our lives.
Open our ideas and our beliefs.
Open our hopes and our fears.
Open us to your Presence.
Open us to your Love.
Open us to your Christ.
So that we might be changed.
So that your creation might be changed.
Now, and in the days to come.
In Jesus’ name, we ask these things.
Amen.

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Matthew 3.13-17

All: God?
Would you remind us, again,
of the promise
you have made with us,
and of the promise,
we have made with you?
Will you wash us, again,
with your love?
So that we would be filled.
So that we would be Christ’s body.
So that we would
live the Spirit’s love,
in a world that is broken.
Please. Let it be so.

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John 1.9-24

Call to Gather:
One: What are you looking for?
All: A place to stop and be.
A place to be with others.
A place to be with God.

One: Why do you search for this place?
All: Because the world is always changing.
Because often, we’re alone.
Because sometimes,
it’s hard to remember.

One: Remember what?
All: That God is with us.
That the Christ walks beside us.
That the Spirit lives inside us.
Always.

One: Well, come to this place.
Come and be.
Come and be with others.
Come and be with God.
All: Alleluia!

Opening Prayer:
All: Holy God,
could you help us?
Could you help us,
to know, deep inside,
that we are loved?
Could you help us
to love one another,
our family, our friends,
the people we will never know,
and the ones we can’t stand?
Could you help us
to be all that you desire us to be?
Because we could really use the help.
Amen.

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For worship that includes the Annual Congregational Meeting

Call to Gather
One: We come together –
All: in Jesus name.
One: We come together –
All: in the love of God.
One: We come together –
All: alive in the Spirit.
One: We come together –
All: To remember.
To celebrate.
To live into God’s vision
for us.
To worship God,
with all that we are!

One: In the name of Jesus Christ,
the Sovereign head of the church,
and by the authority of the polity
of The United Church of Canada,
I declare this Annual Congregational Meeting
open for celebration, prayer and new life!
Alleluia!
All: Alleluia!

Opening Prayer:
All: In the year gone by,
in the year to come,
and right now,
you are with us, God!
Thank you!
For your leading and loving,
for your teaching and caring,
for your changing us all,
thank you!
In your love, you hold all Creation.
In your hope, you give new life.
In your peace, you begin again!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Amen!

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