Holy Communion Liturgy for August 7, 2022

 

Celebration of Holy Communion

Invitation (from Luke12: 32-40)
Christ’s invitation is simple —
Do not be afraid, little flock, even when there is much to fear.
Find your treasure among God’s children
that where your treasure is, your heart also will be.
Light all the lamps of love,
open the door to those who knock,
and God will feed you,
in the middle of the night, at dawn of day,
and in this Sunday morning place, now.

Embrace what is unexpected in this hour
at our own table.

Words of Remembering
Leader: We remember the Creator\
fed the aurora borealis and ocean depths,
pterodactyls and diatoms, 
all we see now that grows and breathes,
all that swims, swarms, slithers,
all that runs, flies, leaps, and loves.

We remember Jesus Christ
played vintner at a wedding feast,
told parables that finding hope
comes from eating the pig’s food,
and finding community
from taking the lowest place at table.

We remember a Passover in Jerusalem
when Jesus chose bread and wine,
common food, food that did not come
from the death of an animal,
to prepare for a day of facing
the abuse of a tree,
and explained that there is
a God-shaped hole in everyone’s belly
and it would be filled with love.

Prayer of Consecration

“Taste and See that God is Good,” Psalm 34:8

God of feast and fast,
birthday party and IV nutrition,
who relishes falafel, jambalaya, pad thai,
and celebrates with precious food
chosen by those with allergies and sensitivities,
help us eat with compassion for the earth,
delight in many flavors and
generosity in sharing.

Praise to you –
Locavore, Foodie, Eucharist,
present in this meal as new life! Amen.

Sharing of the Elements
Leader: The bread on your table is blessed and broken like the picnic of grace.
Unison:  Sharing love, we will never be hungry.
Leader: The cup in your hand is blessed to share with overflowing tears and joy             
Unison: Drinking deeply, we will never thirst.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Leader: In thanksgiving for a meal that heals yesterday and empowers tomorrow, we pray …

O Holy One, as we receive this sacrament, we think we eat a gourmet menu, only to discover we are to become your “food trucks” of love and justice, compassion and courage, in every corner of every city for all of your children who need a meal of hope and healing. Thank you for the sustenance and the call. amen.

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4 Responses to Holy Communion Liturgy for August 7, 2022

  1. Caroline Dennis says:

    Beautifully done and so well grounded in the text for the month. And offered well in advance. I give you thanks. And give God thanks for you.

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  2. Kerryn Oliver says:

    Thank you Maren! This is perfect for our worship service following our Bible school “Gods Amazing Animals!”

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