Communion

Welcome to the Table

Since the time of the first eye-witnesses
The ones who talked with Jesus
Travelled with him;
The ones who put their hand
into his wounded side,
and into the nail holes in his hands,
we have eaten this meal
in remembrance of him.

Come and meet God at the table.
Come and meet us, God, at the table.

 


Reflection

At the table you gathered those that followed you,
you ate a common meal of bread and wine.

In your midst was one who you knew would betray you - Judas
Also, there was one, who would go on to doubt you - Thomas,
And there was also one who would run and hide from you - Peter.
Yet in sharing the meal with them you were modeling a life of forgiveness and of welcome.

Prepare us God to come to the table you have laid out for us.
Prepare our hearts O God.

God, help us to notice when we have betrayed you and when we have betrayed each other.
Help us to notice when we have doubted your presence and when we have doubted each other.
Help us to notice when we have run away and hidden from you God and when we have run away or hidden from each other. 

Space to reflect.

God we come before you,
on our knees, 
with open hands,
knowing that we are in need of you, your sustenance, your healing and transformation.

Spirit of God, you make all things new.
Spirit of God make us new.

Sharing in this meal is an act of Re-Membering, bringing us back together. We need reminding that nothing can come between us and the Love of God.

God may we be aware of our connection to you, to others and to this world.

Sharing of the peace [Go and hug or shake hands with people around you, you may like to say ‘Peace be with you’ as you do so.

 

Taking of Communion

On the night he was betrayed Jesus took bread, broke it and gave it to his friends saying "take, eat, this is my body which is broken for you." after supper he took the cup saying "drink this all of you, this is my blood which is shed for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
We do this in remembrance of you.

The bread is a symbol of his body,
his real body of flesh and blood and bone,
that he allowed to be broken for us.

Somehow, through the tearing of his body,
God heals our wounds.
Lord Jesus, suffering servant, crucified king, we accept this gift of your body.

Share the bread on your table.

The wine too, is a symbol of his blood,
the life that belongs to God.
In shedding his blood,
that life flows out to all who want it,
and it makes all things new.

Lord Jesus, suffering servant, crucified king, we accept this gift of your blood.

Share the wine on your table.

Space to reflect.

 

Benediction

Christ has died
Christ has risen

Christ will come again

Through his rising again the world is made new.

God revives us with the fullness of life.
Revive us with life, O God.

God infuses us with abounding love.
Infuse us with love, O God.

In our everyday life, God is tucked between the atoms of the places where we walk.
God help us to see you in the moments of joy and to see you when we are in the midst of pain.
May it be revealed to us again that God is Emmanuel, God with us.

God you are here in our midst.
God, you are always with us.



Sending Out

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you: wherever he may send you;
may he guide you through the wilderness: protect you through the storm;

may he bring you home rejoicing:
at the wonders he has shown you;

may he bring you home rejoicing:
once again into our doors.