Communion Liturgy for World Wide Communion Sunday

One: On this “World Wide Communion Sunday”, we gather at God’s table, joining with disciples of Christ in many lands and places.

This table is for all people.
Christ invited poor and rich, male and female… sinner and saint to his table. At that table, he invited the ordinary to become extraordinary.

He didn’t demand a profession of faith, or an R.S.V.P. Invitation. He only asked that people come.

So, we too invite all to Christ’s table.
Wherever you come from.
Whoever you are.
However you believe in Jesus Christ.
Wherever you are going.

Come and be fed. Come and be refreshed.
Come and be filled with new life!

Today, when it is time, people will be invited to come forward, to be served a piece of the bread or rice-cracker, and a small cup of juice. Please feel free to partake or not, as you believe you need to.

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 our praise.
All: With joy and celebration,
we say, “THANK YOU, God!”

Two: We do thank you, Creator-of-All.
For all things in our lives.
For all people in our lives.
For life itself!
We give you thanks for the many ways
we are transformed,
by the touch of another of your children –
both the ones we meet
and the ones we will never know.
All: Thank you, Loving God!
One: We give you thanks for the many ways
we are transformed,
by the touch of your creation –
our cousins on two feet and four feet,
the ones that fly in the air,
the ones that swim in the waters.
We give you thanks for the
earth and the sea and the stars.
All: Thank you, Loving God!
Two: We give you thanks for all
who have come before us.
Grandmothers and Grandfathers –
by blood and by faith,
who have loved us and taught us,
by their stories and by their lives.
They have shared your love in their love.
We celebrate that they are a part of
your great community of saints –
of which we, too, are a part.
All: Thank you, Loving God!
One: All creation thanks you, Loving God,
and we join them, saying,
All: Holy, holy, holy God!
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 realize that we don’t always live out of
your love.
Sometimes, in fear, we turn away.
Sometimes, in anger, we turn away.
Sometimes, in apathy, we turn away.
Sometimes, not even realizing it…
we turn away.
One: But you don’t let us stay away, God!
Time and time again,
you called our Grandmothers and Grandfathers
back.
Time and time again,
you call us back.
Time and time again.
No.
Always. You are faithful! Hallelujah!
All: Hallelujah!
Two: When the time was right,
you shared yourself with us in a new way –
in the life and teachings,
in the death and resurrection,
of Jesus – the One we call Christ.
One of us, dancing, crying, laughing, loving…
he offered us new life in You.
Hallelujah!
All: Hallelujah!
One: So we remember.
We remember the night before
he was to be put to death.
He gathered with his friends
and shared a meal of celebration.
In love, he tried to help his disciples
understand what was to come.
Two: He took a loaf of bread and blessed it.
So we, too, ask your blessing upon this bread,
Great God, who brings forth grain
from the earth.
May the power of your love
feed us, and the world,
as this bread feeds our bodies.
Jesus broke the bread saying,
“Take this, all of you, and eat it.
This is my body, given for you.”
All: Amen!

Two: He took a cup of wine and blessed it.
So we, too, ask your blessing upon this cup,
Great God, who brings for fruit
on the vine.
May the power of your grace,
fill us, and the world,
as this fruit fills our bodies.

And Jesus offered them the cup, saying,
“Take this, all of you, and drink from it.
In this is my covenant – my promise –
offered to you, that sin might be forgiven.”
All: Amen!

One: Holy God, fill us and these gifts with your
Presence –
that they and we might be the Body of Christ –
feeding your world.
Two: Through Christ, with Christ and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory is yours, God most holy,
forever and ever.
All: Amen.
One: And so, as Jesus’ taught us,
we are bold to say…
All: Our Father/Mother, who art in heaven…
Amen.

One: These are the gifts of God
for all God’s people.
All: Thanks be to God!
Two: Come, for the table is prepared,
and our cup overflows!

Sharing in the Communion
Prayer After Communion
All: For what you have given us, God, thank you.
For what you call us to, God, thank you.
For filling us again, thank you!
Help us to be,
all that you know we can be.
In Christ’s name,
in your love,
we ask it.
Amen.

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