Christmas Communion

Invitation

*Hymn: “O Little Town of Bethlehem” VU64

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 praise!
All: Alleluia!
One: Blessed are you, God of all!
From the very beginning –
from before there was a beginning –
you were.
You loved all into being –
in a God-moment,
a point, a flash, an AHA!
And from that moment
all creation has expanded – grown.
Alleluia!
All: Alleluia! Amen!
Two: In love, you created everything that is,
from the smallest to the largest:
earth, air, fire, water –
and life! Life in all its shapes and sizes,
some we can only begin to imagine.
You looked at all life
and you celelbrated!

One: And you created us – humankind –
people of every shape and size,
young and old,
with our wondering & our wandering,
with our fears & our hopes,
with our joys & our pains…
and you loved us.
And you love us!
Alleluia!
All: Alleluia! Amen!
Two: So often, we wandered away from your hopes
for us:
that we might seek justice,
that we might love each other,
that we might love you.
Over and over again,
you sent teachers –
grandmothers & grandfathers,
prophets, priests and storytellers,
to call us back to your love.

One: When the time was right,
you sent the Christ to live with us.
To know, in the way that we know,
every moment of every day –
of what it means to be human.
In Jesus, questions were asked
and answers were given,
tears were shed,
laughter burst out –
and the cry for your lived love
was shared again,
“God’s kingdom is coming!
God’s kingdom is here!”
In the vulnerability of a tiny baby,
born of a young mother and a rough carpenter,
worshipped by the world’s least
and the world’s powerful,
he called us back to your love.
The Christ calls us back to your love.
Every moment. Every day.
All: Holy, Holy, Holy One,
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 remember that on the night
that Jesus’ was betrayed, taken and tried,
he also sat down for a meal of celebration –
a meal remembering your saving Love.
He gathered with his friends and disciples,
like we gather, tonight,
and like many of us will gather tomorrow.
He took the bread and blessed it, saying,
“Blessed are you, God of all Creation,
who brings the grain from the earth.”
Then he took the bread, gave it to his disciples
and said, “Take this. Eat it – all of you.
This is my body, given for you.”
He took the cup and blessed it, saying,
“Blessed are you, God of all Creation,
who brings the fruit from the earth!”
Then he gave it to all who had gathered, saying,
“Take this. This is the cup of my promise –
my blood shed for you and for the world,
that sins would be forgiven.”
“Each time you eat bread, and drink…
remember me.”

One: So, on this night, when we remember his birth,
we remember, too, the gifts of his life,
his death, and his life evermore.
We share the words that he gave to us,
praying to God who is like our Mother,
like –
All: Our Father, in heaven,
holy is your name.
We ask that your kingdom would come
here, on earth, as it is in your heaven.
Give us, today, what we need.
Forgive us our sins –
as you help us to forgive those
who have sinned against us.
Save us from all that would harm us.
Keep us from all that is evil.
Your kingdom.
Your power.
Your glory.
Now and forever.
Let it be.

Two: Holy One, on this Christmas night,
we ask that your Spirit would transform us,
and these gifts,
that we might be Christ’s body,
alive to your Life!
Alleluia!

(The Bread is Broken, the Cup is Lifted)

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