Transfiguration – Communion Liturgy

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 thanks to God, our God.
All: It is right to give God thanks and praise!
One: It is right, God, to give you thanks,
and to celebrate, here at your table.
All: Alleluia!
One: We give you thanks, for your love.
Love that created all that is.
Love that lives in all that is.
Love that surrounds all that is.
From the very beginning,
you gave us life –
and in that life, change –
and in that change, wonder.
Difficult times, simple times.
Times of joy and times of sorrow –
all wrapped up in this thing called life.
Two: From the very beginning,
you brought us into relationship,
with you and with each other.
In that relationship, we were changed.
In that relationship, you were changed.
Sometimes, afraid, we ran away from you.
Sometimes, afraid, we run away from you.

One: But, over and over and over,
you forgave us our fear.
Your love was so great
that you never walked away.
You called us back, again and again,
through the words of the prophets,
through the actions of the judges,
through the teachings of the grandmothers
and the grandfathers.
Through that love you were changed.
Through that love we were changed –
and, each time, we are made new.
Thank you, God of life!
All: Alleluia!
Two: When the time was right,
you sent Jesus, your Love made human –
to walk with us in our journey.
Helping us to see the hope of your presence.
Helping us to know the love of your life.
Helping us to feel the gift of your grace.
He taught all that your
“kingdom is coming and your kingdom his here!”
He laughed with those who laughed
and mourned with those who mourned.
By his gifts we were set free!

All: Alleluia!
One: On the night before he was put to death,
he gathered with his friends, his family, his disciples,
to share a meal of joy and thanksgiving,
to share in a meal of new life.
He took bread, blessed and broke it,
and gave it to those gathered, saying,
“This is my body, given for you.”
He took a cup of wine, blessed and lifted it,
and gave it to those gathered, saying,
“This is my blood, my promise to you,
for the forgiveness of sins.
Each time you eat bread,
each time you drink from the cup,
remember me.”
Two: And so we remember him.
And so we remember the mystery of our faith:

All: Jesus has died.
Christ is risen.
He will come again!

Two: Come, Holy Spirit, set your church on fire.
Bless this bread and this cup,
with your holy love,
with Christ’s holy love,
with the Creator’s holy love,
that it, and we, might be changed –
made new –
transformed by love into a new people,
into new life.
With Christ’s words on our lips
and in our hearts, we pray:

All: Our Father, in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever!

One: The bread of life.
Two: The cup of love.
One: The gifts of God, for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God!

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