Body of Christ – Communion Liturgy
One: To come to this table is to affirm abundant life – to acknowledge the reality of our lives and encourage one another as children of God.
All: Gathered together in all our diversity, we make real the Body of Christ for the world.
One: Together we re-member that the last night when Jesus supped at table with that motley crew of friends gathered round. There Jesus offered a ritual that transcended difference, knitting together all those at table into one community, into one ministry, into one new life.
All: Embraced by loving friends, Jesus took the bread, blessed it and broke it.
One: The broken bread is a sign of shared life, receive it with hope and share it with certainty.
All: After the meal Jesus lifted the cup – the cup that goes beyond sorrow to consolation; beyond despair to hope. With thankfulness Jesus said:
One: Take and drink, and remember you are not alone.
One: With bread, God fed each beloved child in the desert. With bread, the children of God have eaten meals of longing, waiting for a redeemer, hoping for justice.
All: In joy and in heartbreak, in peace and in turmoil — In all times, we may be sure that the Bread of Life will sustain us.
One: This is the cup of Life. We are nourished in our bodies, our spirits, our minds, and our hearts as we share this cup.
Many: As we drink, we remember Christ and the gathered friends drinking as one.
One: And so, let us now join together as the priesthood of all believers in blessing the elements before us,
All: Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here and on these gifts of bread and the 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.
Adapted from a Communion Liturgy adapted by Rev. Dr. T. L. Steinwert,
written by The Church Within a Church Movement.