World Communion – Communion Liturgy
One: In the beginning, God created one person.
Many: But it was not right for that one person to be alone.
One: That person had God, but needed an equal, so God made animals.
Many: God made giraffes and zebras, frogs and lizards, fish of the sea and birds of the air.
One: But it still wasn’t enough, so God made another person, an equal, someone to share with, and talk with.
Many: God created relationship. God created communion.
One: And then God took it one step further. God looked at the many people living in relationship with one another and decided to join the community!
Many: God came to be with us in the form of Jesus.
One: And one night, when Jesus had gathered with the community at a table, Jesus took the bread and, giving thanks, broke it and shared it with those who had gathered, saying, “This is my body.”
Many: In the sharing of the bread, we celebrate that Christ is present among us.
One: Then Jesus took the cup, raised it up, giving thanks to you, O God, and gave it to those who had gathered, saying, “This is the cup of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many.”
Many: The cup that we pour symbolizes our communion with one another.
One: Let us join together as the priesthood of all believers in blessing these gifts, praying:
All: Come Holy Spirit, come and pour out your Spirit upon us and on these gifts of bread and fruit of the vine. Make them be for us the bread of life and the quenching cup of blessing, so that we may be the Body of Christ for the world, co-creating God’s vision of peace and justice until all are reconciled and feast together at your table forever. Amen.
This prayer was adapted from the following sources:
Worship Ways, UCC.org, October 4th, 2015, communion liturgy
Shaping Sanctuary: Proclaiming God’s Grace in an Inclusive Church edited by Kelly Turney, page 190