A Communion Service

This past Sunday was “Remembrance Day” in Canada. Because many of the congregation were to be participants in the Cenotaph services, the Worship Committee decided to have a shortened church service. It was decided that the entire service would be built on and around a communion liturgy.

Greeting & Welcoming:
One: The Lord be with you.

All: And also with you.

Musical Interlude
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 2.3-5 Swords to Plowshares
One: Hear the witness of the Hebrew people. All: Thanks be to God!
♫ Hymn Voices United #467 One Bread, One Body

Call to Gather:
One: God be 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!
All: It is right that we give God thanks, and praise.

Thanksgiving:
One: We thank you, loving God, Creator of all.
From the very beginning you called all things into being.
Plants, animals, human beings… creation itself!
In that calling, you gave Life –
an awesome, wonderful, ever growing gift.
All: Thank you, creating God!
One: In that calling, you gave Love –
shared with each other, shared with you…
an awesome, wonderful, ever growing gift.
All: Thank you, loving God!
One: In that calling, you gave Relationship –
invitation to be connected to you, to each other,
to all parts of creation… an awesome, wonderful, ever growing gift.
All: Thank you, living God!
One: Even when we brake faith –
turning away, again and again from Relationship with you –
turning away from the Love you pour freely upon us –
turning away from Life in You…
you call us back, again and again.
With Prophets, Priests, Ministers and Friends…
calling us to remember we are always enfolded by your Presence.
In the silence of our hearts,
each of us offers to you those places of which we are not proud…
those things we have done or have failed to do,
which have done damage – to them, to ourselves… to you.
Those things we have done or have failed to do,
that have not lived out the commandment
“to love our neighbours as ourselves.”
We ask your forgiveness… and your wisdom to live our lives again!
(pause for silent prayer).

Sung Kyrie: VU#946

In time, you sent to us Jesus of Nazareth…
Prophet, Priest… and more! Fully human and fully divine.
Your Word given body. Your Love given bone and flesh.
Your Spirit given mortal life, to teach us, to love us…
and to call us, again, into life with you.
All: Thank you, eternal God!
One: In the silence of our hearts,
each of us offers to you our individual thanks…
(pause for silent prayer)…
Thank you, God of all!
All: Thank you, God of all!
One: In joy and celebration, we join our voices with all of our
sisters and brothers – those here, those around the world,
those who have entered your household, and those who are
yet to come! We join our voices with all creation in celebration
of your love. Thank you, loving God!

Sung Sanctus: VU#951

All: Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full ofyour glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the One who comes in the name of our God!
Hosanna in the highest!

One: On this Remembrance Day,
when we gather to remember those men and women
who have, in wartime and peacetime,
stood to serve Canada,
when we gather to remember those men and women
who have, in wartime and peafetime,
died in that service,
we will stop for a time of silence.
In that silence, O God,
hear our tears and our cries…
All: May your peace fill the world.
May there be an end to war.
May we find true justice for all your children.
May we all live love.

One: In Jesus of Nazareth, you offered us a guide to that peace.
In his living, his teaching and his dying,
he offered us ways to look at each other
to help us to see your face.
“If you have two cloaks, give one to a person who has none.”
“What is the greatest commandment? The greatest is the first… love God with all your heart, soul and mind… and love your neighbour as yourself!”
His teachings frightened us, and so we lashed out.
In violence given, he died – broken because of our fear.
But, even in that moment, your love was greater than our fear.
Your Love resurrected the Word,
fixing the boundaries of death,
giving life in the eternal, endless now.
All: Thank you, loving God!

One: Remembering your world, O God,
loved by Christ and strengthened by the Holy Spirit.
Bring us into wholeness,
bring us into love,
bring us into peace,
let us be witnesses of all these things in all times and places.
We remember those who have stood in war –
veterans and soldiers.
We remember their sacrifices, and pray that they not be in vain.
We remember those who have been torn apart by war –
civilians, families, and friends.
We remember their sacrifices, and pray that they not be in vain.
We remember all those who work for peace –
for an end to war,
for the fulfillment of your love.
We remember their sacrifices, and pray that they not be in vain.
All: We remember all your people, O God,
and we pray that we
might be signs of your peace and love in all the world.
Amen.

♫ Hymn VU#526 Weep for the Dead

One: And so he took bread, gave thanks to you, and said:
“Take and eat;
this is my body, broken for you.”
In the same way he took a cup, saying:
“This is the new and everlasting covenant,
shed for you. When you eat this bread and drink from this cup…
remember me.”

Remembering his life, his death, his resurrection,
we offer to you, God, this bread and this cup,
thankful that you have invited all of creation
into intimate, everlasting, ever-loving relationship,
in your Presence –
and that you have invited us to move with you,
in the Divine dance of peace, life and love.

We ask that your Spirit,
already filling all things and places and people,
might continue to move us closer to you.
In this holy moment, in this bread and cup,
might we be reminded that Christ is with us.
All: We are never alone. Thanks be to God!

One: Through You, with You and in You,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory is yours, God most holy, now and forever.
All: Amen!

One: We gather these and all of your prayers,
thankful that we may turn to you
as to our Mother who loves us, as:
All: Our Father, who art in heaven…

Breaking the Bread and Filling the Cup
Sharing in Communion
Prayer After Communion (Traditional):
All: For the bread we have eaten,
for the wine we have tasted,
for the life we have received,
we thank you God.
Grant that what we have done
and have been given here
may so put its mark on us,
that it may always remain in our hearts.
Grant that we may grow in love and understanding,
and that our lives may be ones of faithful action,
in Christ’s name. Amen.

The Commissioning and Benediction

Recessional Hymn (Please stand) Spirit God, Be our Breath

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