Pentecost Communion Liturgy
One: In the beginning, Gracious One, your Spirit moved across the waters and from the deep you called forth life. Waters gushed, mountains rose, flowers bloomed and creatures large and small began to creep and crawl across the vast surface of the earth. But you were not finished yet.
Many: You called forth one more creature, molded and formed in your own image. Looking with adoring eyes upon this new creation, you breathed life into us and declared that we were good.
One: In the fullness of time, you sent yet another New Creation, one named Jesus, whom you called to heal the brokenhearted, preach deliverance to the captives, recover sight for the blind and proclaim the Good News of God’s love to all of humanity.
Many: On that last night at table, Jesus shared with friends a sign and symbol of God’s enduring love for them in bread and cup … a symbol that not even death could vanquish.
One: On that night, Jesus took the bread and blessed it, giving thanks to you O God, and broke it, saying this is my body that is for you.
All: Take and eat and know that you are not alone.
One: After they had eaten, Jesus took the cup and blessed it, saying this is the cup of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many.
All: Take and drink and know that you are God’s beloved.
One: Let us join together as the priesthood of all believers in blessing these gifts, praying:
All: Come Holy Spirit, come and breath life into us as we partake of this bread and fruit of the vine. Bless this food, our lives and this fellowship that we might be a blessing to one another and a balm to your world. Quicken our hearts, steady our faith, and remind us of our belovedness as together we live into your bright, brilliant, beautiful kingdom. Amen.
All: Pour your Spirit on us gathered here and on these gifts of bread and fruit of the vine. Bless this food, our lives, and this fellowship that we might be a blessing to one another and a balm to your world. Quicken our hearts, steady our faith, and lead us into resurrection, for in you we live and move and have our being, now and forever. Amen.
Adapted from the following liturgical sources:
Cambridge Welcoming Ministries Bulletin, January 2009, by Rev. Dr. Tiffany Steinwert,
Courage to Love by Geoffrey Duncan (p. 272),
and The Feast of our Lives by June Goudey (p. 188).