Advent 3 – Communion Liturgy – Luke 1:39-55

Invitation

*Hymn: “What Wondrous Love is This”
Words: Verses 1,2,4 Richard Bott (c) 2011 Creative Commons – BY-NC-SA
Verse 3: American folk hymn (1840). In the Public Domain.

What wondrous love is this,
O my soul, O my soul?
What wondrous love is this,
O my soul?
What wondrous love is this,
that brought sweet Mary’s bliss,
that Child of Life to us,
O my soul, O my soul?
That Child of Life to us,
O my soul?

The Christ-child lives in me,
in my soul, in my soul!
The Christ-child lives in me,
in my soul!
The Christ-child lives in me,
and sets my spirit free,
His hands in the world to be,
for it’s soul, for it’s soul!
His hands in the world to be,
for it’s soul.

To God and to the Lamb
I will sing, I will sing!
To God and to the Lamb
I will sing!
To God and to the Lamb
who is the great I Am,
while millions join the theme
I will sing, I will sing;
while millions join the theme
I will sing.

This Advent-tide I’ll wait,
in God’s love, in God’s love.
This Advent-tide I’ll wait,
in God’s love.
This Advent-tide I’ll wait,
and at Christ’s table pray,
’till all the world shall eat,
in God’s love, in God’s love,
’till all the world shall eat,
in God’s love.

One: God is with you.
All: And also with you. / And with your spirit.
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!
Two: From the very beginning of the beginning, God,
you waited.
You watched.
You wondered.
Then, when the moment
(even though there were no moments)
when the moment was right,
your Advent ended –
and you brought everything into being!
One: Light!
Matter!
The stars and planets!
Water and earth!
Life!
You brought everything into being!
Alleluia!
All: Alleluia!
Two: And people. Us!
People who laugh and cry.
People who live and love.
People who are born and people who die.
People who live their lives
each and every day.
People from the east and the west,
the north and the south.
People of all lands and races,
all faiths and places.
One: People who have lived lives,
and people who live lives,
trying to understand who they are,
trying to understand who their neighbours are,
trying to understand who you are.
People like us, God.
All: People like us, God.
One: And, like us, sometimes people
lived out of your love.
Sometimes,
they understood how to love you,
and how to love their neighbours,
and how to love themselves.
But,
sometimes,
they didn’t.
People like us, God.
All: People like us, God.
Two: Sometimes they didn’t.
Sometimes they didn’t understand.
Sometimes they didn’t want to understand.
Sometimes, because of fear,
or anger,
or want,
or greed,
people stopped loving each other.
Stopped loving themselves.
Stopped loving you.
One: Or they forgot,
how important you were to who they are.
But you sent teachers,
you sent prophets,
you sent Grandmothers and Grandfathers,
to tell the story of your love –
to shout the story of your love –
to sing the story of your love –
and call them back again.
Two: You call us back again.
And so, with all of the voices of the heavens,
with all of the creatures of the land,
the sea and the air,
we shout:
All: Holy, holy Lord,
God of Love and Life,
The heavens and earth are full of your glory,
HOSANNAH in the highest!
Blessed is the One who comes in your Name!
HOSANNAH in the highest!

Two: You are Blessed, God most Holy!
When the time was right,
Jesus came to be among us.
Born into this life,
seeing your grace revealed in all things,
he laughed with those who laughed,
and mourned with those who mourned.
Through your love, he healed the sick,
he welcomed the outcast,
he challenged those in power,
and the structures that kept them there.
And he called us back to your love.
He calls us back to your love.
As a tiny baby, as a teen, as an elder,
before and after
in the presence of the Holy Spirit,
the Christ laughs and cries,
heals and welcomes,
challenges and loves,
again and again and again.
One: We have been told that,
on the night before he was taken
to be tortured to death on a cross,
Jesus sat with his disciples.
Ate with them, in a feast of remembrance.
They remembered God’s acts of salvation,
bringing Israel’s people out of slavery,
into a new land of hope and wonder.
They told the story as it had been told
for countless generations,
and would be told far into the future –
giving thanks to you, God of all love,
for bread and for wine,
but, most of all for the covenant of your love.
Two: Jesus took a loaf of bread,
asked your blessing upon it,
broke it,
and gave it to his disciples saying:
One: Take this – all of you – and eat it.
This is me. My Body. Given for you.
Each time you eat it, remember me.
Two: Close to the meal’s end,
he took a cup filled with wine,
asked your blessing upon it,
and gave it to his disciples saying:
One: Take this – all of you – and drink it.
This is me. This is my promise in my life’s blood –
poured out for you and for the world.
Each time you drink it, remember me.
Two: So we, his disciples,
eat and drink and remember.
All: We eat and drink and remember.
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

One: God, we ask your blessing on this bread
and on this cup.
We ask that your Holy Spirit would fill it and fill us,
that we might truly be Christ’s body in the world.
Fill our souls with your Presence,
that we might fill the world with your Love!
Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all is yours, God most holy,
now and forever. Amen!
All: (Your version of Jesus’ Praye)

Bread is broken and Cup is Filled

Prayer after Communion:
All: Our souls magnify you, O God.
Our spirits rejoice in you, our Saviour.
For you are mighty
and have done great things,
and Holy is your Name.
You lift those who have nothing
into our places at the table.
And you challenge us,
to sit with them.
Learning who they are.
Knowing that they are yours.
And you love us,
all of us.
Poor and rich.
Powerful and powerless.
Holy is your Name!
Amen!

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