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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Matthew 5.13-20

Call to Gather:
One: What does it mean,
“To be salt and light to the world?”
All: Salt preserves.
Light keeps things from being hidden.

One: What does it mean,
“To be salt and light to the world?”
All: To hold on to what is good.
To hold on to what is right.
To hold on to what is just.
To shine in the back rooms of oppression.
To shine in the prisons of fear.
To shine in places that have no hope.

One: This is salt and light to the world?
All: This is Christ’s people –
salt and light –
hope and wonder –
in and with the world!

One: As salt and light,
as hope and wonder,
let us worship God!
All: Alleluia!

Opening Prayer:
All: With your bread, you feed us, God!
With your spirit, you fill Creation!
With your love, you change the world!
With your Christ, you bring new life!
You are in the words we speak.
You are in the songs we sing.
You are in the love we share.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen!

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Matthew 5.21-48

Call to Gather:
One: Jesus said –
All: I’m not here to get rid of the Law,
I’m here to complete it!

One: To make it whole.
All: To make it full.
One: To make it live a step beyond.

One: Christ says –
All: I’m not here to condemn you,
but to save you!

One: To make us whole.
All: To make us full.
One: To make us live a step beyond!

One: So we are here.
All: So we are here.
One: To worship God.
All: To love each other.
One: To live “a step beyond.”
All: Alleluia?

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Matthew 5.38-48

Call to Gather
One: The world says:
All: “Love your neighbours,
and hate your enemies.”

One: But Jesus said –
All: that’s not good enough.
One: “Love your neighbours.
All: Love your enemies.
Pray for them.”

One: That’s what Jesus said.
All: Love my enemy?
One: Love your neighbour.
Love your enemy.
Pray for them.
All: What was Jesus
trying to teach us?

One: Perhaps, if we open our ears,
our hearts and our minds,
we’ll figure that out.
All: Then let us worship God!

Opening Prayer
All: God –
you are great,
you are wonderful,
you are more than we can begin
to imagine!
You loved creation into being.
You love us into wholeness.
Alleluia!
But, we have a question for you.
Do you really think we can do it?
Do you really believe
that we can be more than we are?
Do you really believe
that humankind can be
what you want us to be?
Fill us with your love, we pray.
Pour down your wisdom, we ask.
Change us with your grace.
Because we know we can’t do it alone.
Amen.

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1 Corinthians 4.1-5

Call to Gather:
One: Taking care…
All: of one another.
One: Taking care…
All: of the world.
One: Taking care…
All: with each other.
One: Taking care…
All: with the Word.
One: We are stewards of all God’s things.
We are stewards of all God’s gifts.
We are stewards of all God’s creation.
All: So we must take care.
One: In our living,
in our sharing,
in our acting,
in our caring…
We worship God.

Opening Prayer:
All: Creator of all,
Christ of our lives,
Spirit that gives Life –
thank you for trusting us
with so much.
Your love moves us,
and makes everything new.
Alleluia!
Bless this time.
Bless all time.
Bless the world,
with your love.
We ask it in Your Name.
May it be so.

Prayer of Thanksgiving/Offertory:
One: For all that we are –
All: thank you, God of love.
One: For all that we have –
All: thank you, God of love.
One: For all that we are becoming –
All: thank you, God of love.
One: Now. Forever.
All: Thank you, God of love!

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From a service about Prayer…

Call to Gather
One: As disciples of Christ –
All: we are learners, together.
One: As disciples of Christ –
All: we are people on The Way.
One: As disciples of Christ –
All: we care for one another.
One: As disciples of Christ –
All: we serve, we share, we pray.
One: In this time together,
All: may God’s presence transform us.
One: In this time together,
All: may God’s presence transform the world!

Opening Prayer:
All: God,
when the twelve asked Jesus
to “teach us how to pray,”
he did.
Would you teach us
how to listen?
Would you teach us
how to live?
Would you teach us
how to love?
Would you teach us
how to be
the people you created us to be?
Because we really need your help.
Amen.

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From a service about Worship..

Call to Gather
One: With what will we worship God?
All: With the work of our hands,
with the songs of our hearts,
with our quiet,
with our shouts of joy.
With all these things,
we worship God.

One: With our laughter and with our tears?
All: Yes!
One: With our hopes and with our fears?
All: Yes!
One: With our questions and our answers?
All: Yes!
One: With all that we are.
All: We worship God!

Prayer of Approach
All: You are great, God!
You are more than
we can begin to understand
or imagine.
We know you don’t need
your worship.
What we give to you
is our awe,
our wonder,
and our love.
Do with it and with us,
as you will.
Amen.

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From a service that explored Scripture…

Call to Gather
One: (holding up the bible) What’s this?
Two: A Bible.
One: Ok. (pause) What’s a Bible?
Two: Well… it’s a…
One: Obviously, it’s a book. I get that part.
Two: Actually, it’s not really a book.
One: No?
Two: No. It’s a library of books.
One: A library?
Two: A library.
A library of stories told, and thoughts written.
A library of wondering about God,
and a library of trying to find answers.
A library, written by many people,
over 1500 years…
and one that has lasted another 2000.

One: Why is library here, on this table?
All: Because it’s important to us.
Because in it,
we see stories and dreams,
hopes and wonders,
the Spirit moving,
the Christ teaching,
and the Creator changing the world.

One: In this library.
All: In that Bible.
Two: When we share the stories,
when we listen and learn,
when we talk and love…

All: We worship God!

Prayer of Approach
All:In the words,
and in the spaces between them;
in the stories that are told,
and the stories we imagine,
speak to us, God!
For you are God,
the creator of all things.
The one who loves,
with an overwhelming love.
As the days get longer,
and the cross gets closer,
help us to read, remember and live
Your love.
Amen.

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To love…

One: Jesus’ reminded us that,
All: we are to love God,
and to love one another
as we love ourselves.

One: With his teaching,
with his life,
with his love –
All: Jesus showed us how.
One: So, with all that we do,
All: with all that we have,
One: with all that we are
All: we worship God,
by serving the world!

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From a service on Spiritual Friendship

Call to Gather:
One: Um, excuse me.
All: Yes?
One: Would it be all right if I – no, never mind.
All: Would it be all right…
One: If I talked with you
about something important to me?
All: Sure!
One: You’ll listen, right?
You won’t laugh at me?
You won’t think I’m silly,
or don’t know what I’m talking about?
All: We won’t think you’re silly.
We won’t laugh.
We’ll listen.
What’s it about?

One: (long pause)
It’s about… God.
All: God?
One: God.
I’ve got questions and doubts,
and hopes and fears.
I don’t know what it’s all about,
but I need someone
who’ll listen.
Will you?
All: In this community
we are friends in the Spirit.
In this community
we are people on The Way.
In this community
we search with one another.
In this community,
we listen, we love, we pray.

One: And, in all of these things…
All: we worship God.

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