Thursday, March 29, 2012

Easter Communion Liturgy

Easter Celebration of Communion

Invitation
The Resurrection has begun! The Day of Celebration is here!
Alleluia!
We gather at the table to share in the Banquet of Life!
Here we meet all who share with us the hope for a brighter future!
All who wish to follow The Way of Life are welcome to eat and drink at God's table.
Let us eat together.

Thanksgiving
Christ is Risen!
He is Risen Indeed!
We should give thanks!
Thanks and praise to the One who brings life!

Gracious God, we raise voices hoarse from shouting alleluias,
we sing praises for the wonder of an empty tomb,
we give thanks for the gifts of life, of life that breaks the bonds of death.
We sing songs of praise for the world you have given us, for the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies.
As the spring deepens and the earth thaws, as green breaks through the brown of winter,
we sing songs of hope for new life springing from dead soil, for the promise held in every seed that is sown.

As people of faith we remember all those who have gone before.
People like Moses and Miriam, leading their people to freedom; like Sarah and Abraham, seeking a new life in a strange land; like Peter and Mary, proclaiming an empty tomb and life beyond the cross.
We remember these and many others, named and unnamed, who have embraced Your life, Your hope, and moved into a new age.
And we trust that in remembering and retelling their stories, we too can take the leap into New Life.

Deep among all those memories we remember the life of a Special One.
Jesus, Child of Mary.
Born of a woman, he grew to adulthood among people who struggled daily for life.
Baptized by John, he embraced the life to which You called him.
He taught and preached a vision of a world where all divisions were broken down, where all had what they needed for abundant life, where the Reign of God was as real on earth as in heaven.
And though the powerful in his world fought back, he stood strong.
When offered a chance to take the easy way he overcame his own fear and instead prayed “yet Thy will be done”.
Even though they put him to death you raised him to life, vindicating his vision and bringing hope and healing to the world.

As inheritors of that hope we join together in the cries the welcomed him into Jerusalem, the cries of hope for the world:
Hosanna! Hosanna! Holy One!
Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!

Remembering
As we gather at this table we remember a story told mere days ago
and yet also an age ago
We remember that Jesus gathered with his closest friends in an Upper Room to share the feast of liberation
And while sharing the ancient story of freedom, he called them to remember the promised freedom of God's Kingdom.
We remember that at that table he took the bread, gave thanks for it, blessed it, broke it and passed it among them saying:
This is my body, broken by and for the world. Whenever you eat it remember me.

Then later he took the cup of wine, blessed it and passed it among them saying:
This is the cup of the New Covenant, sealed in my blood. Whenever you drink it remember me, and look toward the fulfilment of God's Kingdom.

And so we break the bread and pour the cup and we remember with hope.
On this Easter Day we share in the Banquet of Freedom to celebrate Life Victorious!

Transforming
God of Life, in the beginning your Spirit hovered over the water, calling forth life, creating and inspiring.
Send Your Spirit upon we who gather to share this meal, infuse this bread and this juice with the Spirit's power,
As we eat and drink my we feel the power of Life Triumphant pulse in our veins, the fire of hope blaze in our hearts, and the joy of the Empty tomb dance in our souls.
Christ who died is now alive!
Alleluia! Amen.
And so, as children of a loving Parent, we pray together the words that Jesus, the Risen Christ, taught his friends
Our Father, who art in heaven...

Breaking and Pouring
Here at this table we break the Bread of Life
On this Day of Celebration we pour the Cup of Promise
These are Gifts from God for the People of God
Thanks be to God
Come and eat, for all is now ready.

Closing
We have eaten, we have drunk, we have embraced the beginning of the new age.
Grant, O God, that we who have gathered together on this Day of Resurrection, will move on as people of hope, people of life, people of the Kingdom.
May the meal we have shared today revive us in body and soul and energize us as we go out to share the Good News. Christ is Risen! Death is Defeated! Life Wins! Alleluia and Amen!

1 comment:

Jemma said...

Thank you for sharing this. It helped us craft a Communion service to use at our international, interdenominational service in Beijing on Sunday. Happy Easter from the Congregation of the Good Shepherd to you and your congregation.