a community creating for the relentless return of Sunday

invitation to the table: World Communion

designed for 2 readers (one in bold, one in plain)

 

This is the joyful feast of the people of God!
Men, women, and children will come from North and South,
and from East and West,
and sit at table in the kingdom.
They will come wearing traditional clothing from the cultures of the world,
in kilts and kimonos and in seersucker suits,
in mumus and cowboy boots, lederhosen and caftans,
and they will come wearing rags,
and they will sit at the table together.
They will gather, and God will serve them bread, and wine,
and rice, and kim chee, and quesadillas, and curries
and fish stew, and cheeseburgers, and all manner of things that are good to eat,
and in that feast they will eat as much as they like,

TOGETHER: and never hunger again.

The kingdom of God is not far away –
it is here, among us,
and God invites us to join that feast now.
Come, for all is ready.
Submitted by Rev. Talitha G. Phillips, Montclair Presbyterian Church, Oakland CA

communion: with the world

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 our thanks and praise.

We bless you, O Lord, God of Israel,

for you have come to your people and set them free.

You have turned your attention to our bondage,

and from one house and one people,

you have raised up a mighty Savior for all people.

We give thanks for your ancient promise of salvation,

to do away with enmity and restore your holy covenant.

This was your promise to our father Abraham:

to set all people free from oppression,

so we might worship you without fear,

holy and righteous before you,

all the days of our lives.

Acknowledging your steadfast faithfulness,

we join our voices with your beloved ones around the world and in every time,

singing praise to the glory of your name:

Holy, holy, holy Lord…

You are indeed holy, O Most High,

and most blessed is your Son Jesus Christ,

who is the Way of freedom,

the Truth of salvation,

and the Life of forgiveness of sin.

In your tender compassion, O God,

send your Holy Spirit upon this community

as we join your whole church around this table.

Let the dawn of redeeming love break upon us from on high,

and may your holy light shine through us

for all who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

Guide our feet into the way of peace,

we pray through Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Cedar Rapids IA

dedication: fed and committed

O Lord our God, you have fed us at your table and joined us together with all your people in every land. As the source of our life, you rightly claim our complete loyalty, in heart, soul, mind, and strength. So we dedicate to you the gifts we have presented and the lives we commit to your service, that we might bear your love and goodness to all people, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Marion, IA