Communion Liturgy for World Communion Sunday 2017

Communion Liturgy for World Communion Sunday
October 1, 2017

By Emily Brewer

(please use and adapt as needed)

Invitation

Friends, siblings, on this World Communion Sunday you are invited to gather around this table. This is not [this church’s] table, it’s not a Presbyterian table, it is certainly not a US-American table. This is God’s table, and we are, each one of us, invited as honored guests. 

On World Communion Sunday, as we and thousands of Christians around the world gather to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we are reminded that this table stretches beyond all borders and all walls. Today, we gather with Christians around the world who are also celebrating this meal today: with Palestinians and Colombians and Syrians and Guatemalans and Germans and Kenyans and people of no nation. This table does not ask for citizenship status nor any other status that we could come up with. This is a table where all the languages of our lips and our hearts are spoken and understood. This table has no room for weapons or hatred, but is ever-extending to make more room for anyone who seeks a place here.

 

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you. And also with you  

Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give God thanks and praise

 

Creating God, source of our being, we give you thanks and praise for you have brought forth bread from the earth and fruit from the vine.

In the beginning you created people in your likeness.

In your likeness, you created people who multiplied and became many--

people of many genders, races, nationalities, and abilities.

You created the world and all that is in it without borders or walls and you called it “good.”

For this we praise you, saying

 

Holy, holy, holy, Lord,

God of power and might,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the Highest!

Blessed is the one

Who comes in the name of God;

Hosanna in the highest.

 

Jesus, our sibling, born of Mary in a stable in Palestine,

you confronted the powers and principalities of your time,

and welcomed as your friends those who society had cast aside.

For love and liberation of your people,

you risked your life and were executed by the brokenness of empire.

Yet even death could not put an end to the love you embody.

Out of death, you arose to new life to live again among your people.

With joy we celebrate what you have done,

and with dedication we follow you, transformed by your love, as we proclaim the mystery of faith:

 

Christ has died;

Christ has risen;

Christ will come again.

 

Boundless God.

Pour out your Spirit on this bread and this cup.

Through these ordinary gifts that sustain us our bodies,

Nourish us and transform us,

That we might remember that we belong to each other and to you.

Through this remembering,

Let us be reconciled to each other and to you.

Through this remembering,

May we tear down all boundaries and walls that we have built,

Through this remembering,

May all peoples in all places and times be united in you as we share this meal

and pray the words you taught us to pray:

 

Our Father, who art in Heaven...

 

Words of Institution

On the night that he was arrested by the authorities, Jesus was gathered in an upper room to celebrate Passover, a story of liberation, with his closest friends. He took a piece of bread, blessed it, broke it, and shared it with his friends, saying “Take, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

In the same way, after supper, he took the cup, saying, “This cup is a new covenant, sealed in my blood, for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink this cup, do this in remembrance of me.”

Every time that we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection, until he comes. 

The gifts of God for the people of God.

 

Prayer after Communion

O God our mystery, you bring us to life, call us to freedom, and move between us with love. Having been nourished at your table, may we go into your wondrous and diverse world

     to tear down walls of exclusion,

          to confront powers and principalities,

               to live and love boldly in the promise of your resurrection. Amen.

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