Celebration of Holy Communion — November 6, 2022

Invitation to Communion from Job 19:23-27a
(scripture carried in leader’s words)

Come to Communion, my friends, as true friends to Job.
“O that my words were written down!
O that they were inscribed in a book!”
O that our words were food,
and we could share them on every plate.
“O that with an iron pen and
with lead they were engraved on a rock forever!”
O may they be stirred with a wooden spoon
and tasted whenever one
of your children is hungry.
“For I know my Redeemer lives,
and at the last will stand upon the earth.”
I know my Redeemer lives
and sits at table with us here.
“After my skin is destroyed,
then in my flesh I shall see God.”
After my heart is softened,
then all around I see God.
“God is on my side,
and my eyes behold, and not another.”
God is on the side of Love
and teaches us to embrace.

Words of Remembering

There are sacred stories about eating together –
barley fields gleaned,
a starving widow with a child
who baked bread for a wandering prophet,
a woman who brought food to invaders.
so no one would be killed.

There are sacred stories
that celebrate festivals, the end of famines,
the kindness of strangers,
and of creatures of air, sea, and land.

We remember Jesus made a wedding bright
and a fishnet full,
a child’s lunch enough for all,
and a tax collector’s table
a feast of salvation.

We remember a Passover meal
when Jesus shared a cup with one
he knew would deny him,
dipped bread in gravy with a betrayer,
and made sure everyone was full, ­
before taking a small piece of holiness,
and pouring a sip of compassion,
to name a covenant in food.

And so now we come
not to boast or argue or even sing praise,
but to replace rich speeches
with a few plain words praying …

Prayer of Consecration

Christ, you spoke a mystery that your body is our bread, and our drink is your life poured out. We are your Sunday guests so we may be hosts to your children all the week long. We need a deep sacrament to serve at your table. Holy Spirit come and make this bread and cup a miracle deep as faith and ordinary as hope. Amen.

Sharing of the Elements (Psalm 34)

Leader:            Taste and see that God is good. Eat this bread.
Unison:           Sharing love, we will never be hungry.

Leader:            Happy are those who take refuge in God.
The cup on your table is blessed.
so that you can become a blessing to others. 
Unison:           Drinking deeply, we will never thirst.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

God, we are blessed in the community of tangible sanctuary and virtual sanctuary by this sacrament shared. Help us in the week to come to recognize everyone we meet as hungry guests and spread a table or tailgate of love, offer a take-out or weekend backpack of hope, share our churchy recipe for faith, that they may find the ingredients they need. amen

Prayer of our Savior … Amen

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