LIturgy for Sunday, October 6, 2013, World Communion Sunday

On Mondays I share liturgical writing focused on the Luke passages for each Sunday in the Revised Common Lectionary. This week’s scripture is Luke 17:5-10, mustardseed and waitstaff. June Boutwell of Hemet, California offers our World Communion Sunday liturgy.

A LITURGY OF COMMUNION for WORLD WIDE COMMUNION SUNDAYvscc+chalices

Responsive Call to Worship

Leader:  We come this day seeking you, O Lord.
People:  We ask that you increase our faith.
Leader:  We come this day mindful of all around the world who call upon your name.
People:  We ask that you increase our faith.
Leader:  We come this day to offer our lives to your service.
People:  We ask that you increase our faith.
Leader:  We come this day to worship you.  Be present here, O Lord.

Invitation

Kindred in Christ, we are called to prepare a table, to provide a feast where all are welcome, and to serve one another as Jesus Christ, the host of this table, served his friends and his community.  This table is the place where we gather to proclaim our relationship with Christ and with all our sisters and brothers of faith wherever they may be, near or far.

Communion Prayer

Loving God, you created us to be your people and to declare our Maker’s praise throughout the earth.  We bless you for the abundance and diversity that surrounds us.  We thank you that we can witness to your saving deeds throughout the ages and throughout the world.

We gather this day in remembrance of Jesus Christ who walked among the people and showed deeds of power and healing that their faith might grow and be strengthened and for all the apostles that heeded the Gospel and planted the seed of faith throughout the lands.

May we be vessels for your Holy Spirit that your grace and mercy might grow in us as a seed that produces a great harvest, moves mountains, and enables us to humble servanthood on behalf of all who inhabit your creation.

As we gather this day, mindful of all who share our faith in you, may we be blessed by all that your care and providence provides that we might be a blessing to all whom we encounter on the path that leads to your grace and everlasting glory.  Amen

Blessing the Elements

Gracious God, we know that Jesus shared table fellowship with many.  We recall that as he was gathered with his friends, he took bread and blessed it and broke it and gave it to them saying, “This is my body which is broken for you.  Take and eat, all of you, in remembrance of me.“  In the same way, he took the cup, and after giving thanks, gave it to them saying, “This is the cup of the new covenant poured out in my blood.  Drink of it, all of you, for the remission of sins.  Do this in remembrance of me.  May we gather at this table in solidarity with all who proclaim:

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.commune4

Sharing the Elements

The Bread of Life broken for you.

The Cup of Blessing poured out for you.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Creator God, many ingredients went into the making of this meal and many hands participated in its preparation.  We are grateful for all who planted and reaped and prepared so that we might share with all the faithful around the world in witnessing to the power of faith, the grace of redemption, and the beauty of fellowship in your name.  Amen.

Commission and Benediction

Go forth from this place and seek to increase your faith. Go forth from this place to plant the seeds of the Gospel wherever you can. Go forth from this place to serve one another and the world.  Go forth with the blessing of God, the peace of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit this day and forevermore.  Amen.

 All of these resources were given freely and they may be used in worship contexts. They may be adapted to fit your context. Please cite the original author when you reprint them or share them orally. For any other use please contact me so that I can put you directly in touch with that particular author.

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4 Responses to LIturgy for Sunday, October 6, 2013, World Communion Sunday

  1. Elaine Bolitho says:

    Thanks Maren – we are spoilt for choice with two World Communion Sunday liturgies – but had already decided at Ngaio Union to run with the earlier Canadian one.

    Thanks and blessings,

    Elaine

  2. Donna says:

    Such a good word kindred. You write beautifully thank you

    Sent with brevity and typos from my handheld

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