This communion liturgy was originally used in a worship service designed as a funeral for the earth as we know it. The service took place during Holy Week and sought to draw the connection between the crucified Christ and the groaning world.
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
We give thanks to you, Creator and Bringer of Life,
Because we are yours.
Your brooding Spirit and loving Word gave birth to the cosmos.
You stooped to scoop up the mud of the new-formed Earth
And shaped and breathed us into existence.
Your powerful breath continues to sustain all that is,
Lighting the fire of love in our bellies
And supplying the river of justice to our communities.
You connect the entire universe in the communion of your very being.
But we have forgotten who we are.
The earth dries up and withers under its inhabitants
For we have broken the everlasting covenant
Between you and your creation.
You, however, never stop calling us into the identity you formed in us at the very beginning.
You, Life-Giver, are faithful.
And so with with your people on earth,
And all the company of heaven,
We praise your name and join their unending hymn:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your Glory. Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed are you and blessed is your child Jesus,
the Word made flesh and come among us.
Through the mystery of the incarnation,
Jesus was nurtured in the waters of the womb,
Shaped by journeys through the Galilean sand and dust,
Anointed by the oil of the outcasts,
Joined to the whole of creation in the decay of death,
And with creation raised to new life.
By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection,
You gave birth to your Church,
Delivered us from the bonds of sinful separation,
And made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.
On the night that our Incarnate God was handed over to death,
He gathered his friends around a table.
He took the bread, gave thanks to You,
Broke the bread, gave it to his friends, and said,
“Take and eat. This is my broken body.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
When the supper was over, he took the cup,
Gave thanks to You, gave it to his friends, and said,
“Drink. This is my shed blood.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
And so, we remember.
We remember that you, our God,
Come among us at the one who suffers.
We remember that your choice to live and die and rise as flesh
Irrevocably connects you to your creation of blood and bone and tree and star.
We remember that our baptism joins us to your work among us.
We remember that this table calls us to be your body and blood in the world.
We remember, and we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here
And on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ
That we may be for the wounded world the body of Christ redeemed by his blood.
By the power of your Holy Spirit,
Make us one with Christ,
One with each other,
And one in ministry to all the world,
Until Christ come in final victory,
Bringing Heaven to Earth,
Where we yearn to feast with joy and abandon.
Through your child Jesus Christ,
With your brooding Spirit in your Church on Earth,
All honor and glory is yours,
Pain-bearing, Life-giving God,
Now and forever.
(c) Cassidhe Hart, 2019
Image by Luke Jones on Flickr.