HolyCommunion - Summer

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

Invitation
O God, true source of humanity, mother and father of us all.
You renew us so we may grow like you.
All We gather together.

Thanksgiving
May God be with you.
All And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
All We lift them up to the Holy One.
Let us give thanks
All It is right to give our thanks and praise.

God of the summer’s day and the (holiday) season,
All Praise and wonder be.
God of the lingering sunset and early dawn,
All Praise and wonder be.
God of the hot north wind and the refreshing shower,
God of the shady tree and the cool water bag,
God of the ripening harvest and sparkling sea,
All Praise and wonder be.

All creation blesses the Source of Energy and Life.
For all things bright and beautiful.
For all things dark and mysterious and lovely.
For all things green and growing and strong.
For all things weak and struggling to push life up through rocky earth.
For all human faces, hearts, minds, and hands which surround us.
And for all non human minds and hearts, paws and claws, fins and wings...  (G A Ricciuti/bb)
All Praise and wonder be.

So we join our praise with all your people across the generations, saying
All Holy, holy, holy, Celebrating 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.

In our praise and thanksgiving we also remember the ways of Jesus
who walked the dusty roads of Galilee,
who taught from seashore and mountainside,
who told stories of the sower and the seed,
the lilies of the field, and the birds of the air.

May we, too, know your presentness in the beauty of creation.

We also remember, Creating God,
that your care for this earth and your people can be denied;
for your goodness was abused
and the Human One betrayed.

On the night of his arrest, so our tradition reminds us,
Jesus shared a meal with his disciples.
Bread taken, blessed, broken in silence
Wine taken, poured out in silence

Through grain and grape, bread and wine,
he spoke of his coming death and new life,
asking his disciples to remember him.

Blessing
Be present with us now, Enfolding God, as we share this sacrament.
Let your Holy Spirit brood among us...
and upon and through this bread and wine.

Bless us with a desire to praise in song and story and poetry.
Bless us with a sharpened awareness of your presence.
Bless us with deep compassion.
Bless us with the patience and daring of the mystics.
All Abide with us always.
Abide with us in our daily work.
Abide with us when we rest.
Abide with us in our journeying.
Abide with us at all times and through eternity.

Communion

After communion
Generous Giver of life, you supply us with all good things.

May this bread and wine be the nourishment we seek, and may it transform us
into disciples who serve in your creation.

The peace
This is a house of God. A place of peace.
A place where we befriend one another.

Let us then greet another as a sign of God's peace.
The peace of God is here... to stay.
All Thanks be to God.
You are invited to share the peace with your neighbours.

Some of the resources used in shaping this liturgy:
Abbott, M. 2001. Sparks of the cosmos. Rituals for seasonal use. SA: Unley. MediaCom Education.
Iona Community. 2001. Iona abbey worship book. GtB: Glasgow. Wild Goose Publications.
Jones, Robert V. 2005.  Liturgy: The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. In private circulation from the author.
Mitchell, R. C; G. A. Ricciuti. 1992. Birthings and blessings. Liberating worship services for the inclusive church. NY: New York. Crossroads.
Morely, J. 1992. All desires known. Expanded edition. GtB: London. SPCK.
Morwood, M. 2003. Praying a new story. VIC: Richmond. Spectrum Publications.
Prewer, B. D. 1983. Australian prayers. SA: Adelaide. OpenBook Publishers.
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.

Web sites:
UUA Worship Web. MA: Boston. 
 <www.uua.org/spirituallife/worshipweb/> 

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