Christmas Communion Liturgy

Invitation

*Hymn: “What Child is This?” Words: William Chatterton Dix. Tune: GreensleevesIn the Public Domain.

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: On this night of unexpected angels,
on this night of guarding shepherds,
on this night of awestruck fathers,
on this night of tired, wondering, mothers,
and on this night of Abundant Life,
we give you thanks, God of all Creation!
All: Heaven and earth are full of your Glory!
Hosanna in the highest!

One: We give you thanks that you
have been with your creation,
from before it came to be.
We give you thanks that you
continue to be with your creation –
in new life aborning,
in times of calm,
in times of chaos,
in death, and beyond!
We give you thanks that –
no matter what we have done,
or have failed to do,
you invite us back into relationship with you;
again and again.
We give you thanks that you
given us the gift of your love –
unearned,
unasked for,
unbelievable –
a gift filled with grace and wonder!
We give you thanks, God of all Creation!
All: Heaven and earth are full of your Glory!
Hosanna in the highest!

One: And so, with all Creation,
with the earth, the sea, the sky,
and all the creatures that live within it,
we join with your angels, and sing our joy:
All: (Tune: What Child is This / Greensleeves)
O Holy, Holy, Holy God;
O God of earth and heaven.
Creation sings, all heaven rings,
acknowledging our salvation.
Hosanna in the highest –
Blessed is the One who comes
In the name of our God
Hosanna in the highest!

One: And you give us this great gift:
Child of Life,
Prince of Peace,
Emmanuel – God-with-us!
In the birth of a tiny baby,
born on the edge,
born in a shack,
visited by the poor,
guarded by his parent’s love,
you give us yourSelf!
Alleluia!
All: Alleluia!
One: Alleluia!
All: Alleluia!
One: Alleluia!
All: Alleluia!
One: He laughed with those who laughed,
he grieved with those who grieve,
he listened and taught,
but most of all – he loved.
He loved us with a love
that pointed us back to you.
He loved us with a love
that shocked and challenged.
He loved us with a love
that raised up the lowly,
and sent the powerful away
to reflect and learn.
He loved us into new relationship with You.
Your Christmas gift to the world.
Thank you, loving God!
All: Thank you, loving God!
One: On the night before his life would be ended,
ended because overwhelming love can sometimes
cause fear to react in violent ways,
Jesus sat with his friends, celebrating,
like we sit with our friends, celebrating.
Together, they remembered the story
of the people Israel, brought out of slavery
by your love.
During the meal, Jesus took a loaf of bread
and blessed it,
giving thanks to you, God, for your gift of life.
He broke that bread and passed it to his disciples,
and said, “This is my body, given for you.
Each time you eat this, remember me.”
When the meal was almost over,
Jesus took a cup of wine, and blessed it,
giving thanks to you, God, for your gift of love.
He lifted that cup, passing it to his disciples,
and said, “This is my life’s blood. This is my promise.
This is for you and for the world.
Each time you drink this, remember me.”
So we eat, we drink and we remember.
A tiny baby born in a shack.
A great teacher.
God-with-us – then and now.
We remember.
All: (Tune: What Child is this/Greensleeves)
O Christ has died,
O Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.
Yes, Christ has died!
Yes, Christ is risen!
The Christ will come again!

One: Send your spirit upon these gifts,
God of all love,
that they, and we, might truly be Christ’s body,
living his love in the world,
this Christmastide,
every day,
all our lives.
Through Christ, with Christ and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory is yours, God most Holy,
now and forever. Amen.
All: Source of all life,
Divine Mother and Father of us all,
may your Name be held sacred by all creation.
May your kingdom and your will be lived here,
(as it is lived by that
great communion of saints
who have entered your Household!)
We ask that what we need –
what we really need –
would be provided.
We ask that you would forgive me my sins –
and help me to forgive the people
who have sinned against me.
Keep me from
that which would break me completely.
Help me to recognize,
and stand in the face of, evil
knowing that you hold me safe.
Yours is the kingdom.
Yours is the power.
Yours is the glory.
Not ours. Yours.
Yesterday. Today. Forever.
Let it be so.

The Bread is Broken / The Cup is Filled

Communion is shared.

Prayer after Communion:
All: For this Christmas gift,
thank you, God.
May it’s sweetness
be on our lips
and in our hearts,
as a reminder of your love.
Amen.

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