Celebration of Holy Communion 7/5/20

Invitation
For Holy Communion this morning, I invite you to lend Christ your table.
He invites us under his yoke and to this meal. Let us respond with joy.

Prayer of Consecration
Leader
: We are one bread, one body, one cup of blessing. Though we are
many throughout the earth and this church community is scattered, we are
one in Christ. In your many kitchens, and living rooms, wherever you are,
rest your hands lightly upon these elements which we set aside today to be
a sacrament. Let us ask God’s blessing upon them.


Unison: Gentle Redeemer, there is no lockdown on your blessing
and no quarantine on grace. Send your Spirit of life and love,
power and blessing upon every table, that this Bread may be
broken and gathered in love and this Cup poured out to give
hope to all. Risen Christ, live in us, that we may live in you.
Breathe in us, that we may breathe in you.


Words of Remembering
Leader
: We remember that Paul the apostle wrote letters to congregations
throughout places we now call Greece, Turkey and Macedonia, and they
were the first “remote” worship resources. Our online service has a long
heritage. The Communion words sent to the church at Corinth were these:
For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord
Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he
had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do
this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup also, after
supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often
as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread
and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.


Sharing of the Elements
Leader
: Let us in our many places receive the gift of God, the Bread of
Heaven.

Unison: We are one in Christ in the bread we share.
(Eat the bread)

Leader: Let us in our many places receive the gift of God, the Cup of
Blessing.


Unison: We are one in Christ in the cup we share.
(Drink the cup)

Prayer of Thanksgiving
Leader
: Let us pray in thanksgiving for this meal of grace, rejoicing that, by
the very method of our worship, we have embodied the truth that Christ’s
love is not limited by buildings made with human hands, nor contained in
human ceremonies, but blows as free as the Spirit in all places.


Unison: Spirit of Christ, you have blessed our tables and our lives. May
the eating of this Bread give us courage to speak faith and act
love, not only in church sanctuaries, but in your precious world,
and may the drinking of this Cup renew our hope even in the
midst of pandemic. Wrap your hopeful presence around all
whose bodies, spirits and hearts need healing, and let us become
your compassion and safe refuge. Amen.