I have been asked on occasion to share the Communion Rite I adapted from traditional forms. This is the basic rite, though it has been adapted, and has one version with the Words of Institution done responsively by the congregation.
Invitation to the Table Our Savior loved, welcomed and served Gentile and Jew, male and female, sinner and saint. Why should we place barriers where Christ did not? This is the table of love. We welcome all who wish to follow on the Way of Our Savior to receive communion.
Instructions on how communion will be served are inserted here.
Communion Prayer Let us pray.
O Divine Mystery we name as God, it is right and proper that we should come together as your people to offer you thanks and praise, acknowledging our utter dependence on you. In holy creativity you wrote a new story, calling the world into being, choreographing the dance of the atom, composing cosmic symphonies.
In the story of the Hebrew people, we hear our own story, slowly discovering a world charged with your grace and glory, and growing in faith. Through the prophets, we draw closer to your way of life and love.
In the surprising story of Jesus, we encounter you as God-with-us, we are drawn to your light, and with Jesus we are crucified and resurrected into new life, knowing that sin and death will never have the final word, for he is your Word, spoken to us and for us. We look forward to his coming again.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are bound in covenant one to another and to a common cause, to see your will be done in our world.
We thank you for the church historic and universal, and raise our voices in prayerful thanks for all who have served the common good, servants of love, those who have followed the Way of Jesus, and those who have followed other paths. We thank you for [Insert names of saints, witnesses, and humanitarians here], for artists and prophets and all who courageously spoke and speak your challenging Word, do your challenging bidding. Joining our song with theirs, with choirs of angels and saints, we boldly proclaim your praise:
Sanctus (I have used Christopher Grundy’s Holy, Holy, Holy from Sing! Prayer and Praise as the Sanctus for several years)
Words of Institution
We recall the stories of Jesus’ birth, his baptism and his ministry of healing and teaching, of proclaiming God’s kingdom and of re-shaping the religious structures of his day. We remember his courageous entry into Jerusalem, the constant attacks of the scribes and Pharisees who opposed his good news and his reforms.
On that night, before he was betrayed, tortured and executed, he shared a meal with his disciples, taught them and prayed for them. Jesus took a loaf of bread, gave you thanks, then broke it and shared it with them, saying “Take, eat. This is my Body which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”
When the meal had ended, he took the cup of wine and again gave you thanks. He gave them the cup saying “Drink this, all of you. This is my blood, a new covenant, shed for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Do this to remember me.”
Prayer of Consecration Let us pray. Spirit of God, sanctify this loaf and this cup, this divine feast, transformed and transforming, so that as Christ becomes part of us, we might become part of him, bone of his bone, flesh of his flesh, symbols of God’s work in this world. Amen.
Sharing the Elements
Jesus is our paschal lamb, a sign that we are God’s own,
a mark upon on our doorposts and upon our hearts.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
But only say the word and I shall be healed.
Come, for all things are ready.
Communion is served.
Prayer of Thanksgiving Let us pray.
As we have received,
so we must give.
We thank you, Blessed Savior,
for these gifts
and this call.
All praise and glory to you,
now and forever. Amen.