Epiphany – Year A (1 Corinthians 1.10-18)

A 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: Give thanks! Give praise!
Two: In the warmth of the morning’s light,
in the cool of the evening’s dark,
in the moments of wake and of sleep –
All: Thank you, God!
One: For all you have created,
from the quark to the quasar,
matter seen and unseen,
earth and air and fire and water.
All: Thank you, God!
Two: For life in all its fullness,
in the water,
in the air,
on the earth and under it!
All: Thank you, God!
One: For questions, for answers…
and for answers that lead to more questions!
All: Thank you, God!
Two: Throughout our story of life,
as individuals and as humankind,
you have walked with us,
danced with us,
lived with us…
loved us.
All: When we forgot to live your love –/span>
when we forget to live your love –
you sent grandmothers and grandfathers,/span>
prophets and priests,
teachers and preachers,
to remind us of your call.
To remind us that you have never left.
To remind us that you will never leave.
Thank you, God!
One: In time, you sent the Christ.
To remind us, again,
to open our eyes, again,
to say to us, again –
“I love you.”
Two: In Jesus’ story – in his birth, in his teaching, in his death –
in his resurrection –
you gave us new life – life abundant –
life that not even death could overcome!
All: Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.
One: And so, with that great cloud of witnesses,
with people who have explored Christ’s paradox from age-to-age,
with Christ’s disciples here and around the world,
we gather at table and remember.
We remember that on the night before he was taken to his death,
Jesus gathered with his friends.
We remember that he took a loaf of bread,
gave thanks to you, God-of-all-creation,
broke it,
and gave it to his disciples, saying,
“This is my body, given for you.”
Two: We remember that on the night before he was taken to his death,
Jesus gathered with his friends.
We remember that he took a cup of wine,
gave thanks to you, God-of-all-creation,
and gave it to his disciples, saying,
“This cup is my life’s-blood, shed for you,
shed for many,
shed for forgiveness.”
Both: “Each time you eat bread,
each time you drink,
remember me.”
All: We remember.
We re-member.
We remember.
One: Holy God, in this bread, in this cup,
make your love known to us.
Fill them and us with your Holy Spirit,
that they and we might truly be ekklesia –
Christ’s body here and in the world!
All: Through Christ, with Christ and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
now and forever.
Let it be!

(If it has not already been shared, some form of Jesus’ prayer would be appropriate here.)

Bread is broken, wine is poured, communion is shared.

All: For the wine we have tasted,
for the bread we have shared,
for who we have been,
who we are,
and who we are becoming,
thank you, God!
May the Life that is in us,
be answer and question,
be way-station and light-house,
be hope and wonder,
for us
and for the world. Amen!

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