Communion Liturgy

God is with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts!
We lift our hearts to God!
Let us give thanks to God.
Thank you, God!
We thank you, God – for everything.
A long time ago, you decided to start something new.
Out of that newness came everything!
Out of that newness came the stars in the sky,
the planets and moons. The water, the air – and life!
Thank you, God!
Here, in this place, on this planet,
you created life that took many shapes.
Single-celled creatures that became many-celled creatures.
Many-celled creatures that became plants, became animals,
became human beings.
Thank you, God!
Throughout our history, we human beings
have tried to understand how we came to be,
and why we came to be –
and how to be in relationship with each other.
Throughout our history, we human beings
have tried to understand how we came to be,
and why we came to be,
and how to be in relationship with You!
Sometimes, we’ve not done a good job of listening.
Sometimes, we’ve not done a good job of loving.
Sometimes, we’ve not done a good job of being in relationship
with you,
or with each other.
We are sorry, God.
We ask for your forgiveness.
We ask for your help.
Open our ears, our eyes, our hearts,
and our minds –
so that we might live your love.

When our ancestors made mistakes,
you sent them guides to help them on their way.
Priests and prophets, teachers and healers,
grandmas and grampas,
who called people back to your love.
And you sent a child – Jesus the Christ –
to be with us.
To teach us. To love us. To save us from ourselves.
Thank you, God!
Thank you, loving God!
Jesus laughed with those who laughed,
and cried with those who cried.
He learned what it meant to be one of us – human in all ways –
in his love, he called us back into relationship with you.
And so we pray the words he gave to all of his disciples –
the ones that remind us that you love us
with all the love a mother can give,
with all the love a father can give – saying,
Our Father, who art…
On the night that Jesus was taken away,
by people afraid of what he was teaching of your love,
he gathered with his friends.
He took a loaf of bread and gave thanks to you,
saying, “Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe,
who brings forth grain from the earth.”
Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe.
He took the bread, broke it, and gave it to his disciples
saying, “Take this, all of you, and eat it.
This is my body, given for you. Each time you eat it… remember me.”
Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe.
He took a cup full of wine and gave thanks to you,
saying, “Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe,
who brings forth fruit from the vine.”
Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe.
He took the cup and gave it to his disciples
saying, “Take this, all of you, and drink it. This is my blood.
My forever promise to you and to everyone.
Each time you drink, remember me.”
Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe.
Blessed are you, God most holy.
We ask that you would send your Spirit upon this bread and this cup
that they, and we, might be the body of Christ – hope in the world.
In this hope, your people praise you:
Holy God! Holy One! Holy Three!
Praise now and forever!
Amen. Amen! AMEN!

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