HolyCommunion - Advent

Revd Rex A E Hunt
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CELEBRATING COMMUNITY: SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

Setting
Source and Sustainer of life we name God,
present and active from the beginning of time,
we are gathered in your ever presentness.
All And it is right that we give thanks and praise,
and tell our stories of celebration and connectedness.

Thanksgiving
In time beyond our dreaming
Creativity God hovered over the water,
and was revealed in fire and storm and precious law.

Likewise, humanity in this creative likeness evolved on this earth,
along with earth’s minerals and waters,
flowers and fruits,
living creatures of grace and beauty!
All  We offer this our thanks and praise.

Our stories go on to say:
Noah was shown a rainbow,
Moses gained courage to free his people,
in the face of danger Miriam would sing,
Esther found new strength, and Ruth stayed loyal.
All  We give thanks for women and men
in many different cultures and times who spoke about
our connectedness with each other,
and with all the universe.

In this age and season,
with its TV and shopping and summer sun,
we wait again with expectant hearts and hopeful spirits,
as we seek to discern your presentness among us.

So we join our celebration to the adoration of all people:
All Holy, holy, holy, compassionate God,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God.
All
Hosanna in the highest.

Bread and Wine
Long ago our tradition says, Jesus came in the humble birth of a child,
a child of amazing and divine love,
a child of Mary's 'yes' to you,
a child of Joseph's acceptance,
a child of our humanity.
All We pledge ourselves to be embodiments of the dream he dreamed.

Long ago our tradition says, Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it and said:
v2 'This bread is broken, as my body will be'.
Bread is broken

And he handed it to his friends inviting them to eat:
v2 'Remember all that I have been to you'.

Long ago our tradition says, Jesus poured a cup of wine,
offered thanks for it, and gave it to his friends:
Wine poured out

v2 'This wine is poured out as my life will be poured out.
As you drink give thanks for all I have given'.

It is through the goodness and effort of others, that
we have this bread and wine to offer...
bread, that was once scattered as grain in a paddock
and gathered together and baked into a loaf;
wine, that was once grapes grown on a hillside
and gathered together and pressed into juice.

May this gathering of this community of faith
be comforted and challenged during this Advent season.
All May people see in us the courage and the generosity
that characterised Jesus' life.

Communion
Served at the front by intinction

Come, for all is now ready.

After communion
We are one with the mystery and Source and Sustainer of all that exists.
We rejoice in our human capacity
to wonder and marvel,
to appreciate,
to rejoice,
and to give thanks.


Some of the resources used in shaping this liturgy:
Iona Community. 2001. Iona abbey worship book. GtB: Glasgow. Wild Goose Publications.
Lee, B. J. (ed). 1987. Alternative futures for worship. Vol 3. The eucharist. MN: Collegeville. The Liturgical press.
Morely, J. 1992. All desires known. Expanded edition. GtB: London. SPCK.
Morwood, M. 2003. Praying a new story. VIC: Richmond. Spectrum Publications.
Seaburg, C. (ed). 1993. The communion book. MA: Boston. UUMA.
Uniting in Worship. Leader’s Book. 1988. VIC: Melbourne. Uniting Church Press.
Withrow, L. 1995. Seasons of prayer. Resources for worship. GtB: London. SPCK.

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