Vine and Branches Communion

Jesus said,

 

“I am the vine, you are the branches.  Abide in me as I abide in you.  You cannot bear fruit all by yourself.  You need me.  You need each other.  I ask you; abide in me at this table.”

 

Lord, we confess

that we have not lived up to the calling you first whispered in our ears.

We have gone astray.

We have been weeds of isolation

and thorny vines that carry no seed,

choking our brothers and sisters of fruitfulness,

stealing their sunshine,

allowing no rain to fall upon new seed.

We are guilty of serving our own needs

rather than contributing to the whole.

We are not connected to you.

We are not connected to one another.

Forgive us, connect us,

graft us once again in grace.

 

There is good news,

Christ came in the flesh to abide with us.

God’s love still grows in this world!

In the name of Christ, you are forgiven.

In the name of Christ, you are forgiven.

 

Lord, You are the Vine, we are your branches!

 

The Lord is with you.

And also with you.

 

Like Trees, let us aspire to raise our hearts!

We lift them up to the Lord!

 

Let us give thanks to the God of relationships!

We give our thanks and praise!

 

Holy God, to you the creator who gave us

vines to climb, trees to lay down in the shade, and fields to run and play.

You are the source of our life.

All life flows from you and connects to the river of your purpose –

the Kingdom that is here and is coming fuller and fuller each day.

 

Your love flows, eternally chasing us to the sea.

Our love has failed.  We have splashed up on dry banks you did not intend for us.

Yet, you still part the waters.  You still pour out your baptismal love.

You still speak through your prophets and preachers.

 

And so, we join together in that rushing water that flows from the heavens to the earth:

 

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord, God of power and might!

Heaven and Earth are filled with your glory!

Hosanna in the Highest!

Blessed is the one who comes in the Name of the Lord!

Hosanna in the Highest!

 

You, Jesus, flow as the Source, the Love.

You are the Vine.  We are the branches.

You taught us that when we connect with you, we grow.

When we are not connected, we wither and die.

 

You know what it is to die.  You are the seed that was planted.

Christ has died.

You give us the faith in your Church – a growing, living, plant of your creation.

Christ is risen.

You give us the hope in the Kingdom.

Christ will come again.

 

On the night in which Christ died for us, he took the bread.

Wheat that had grown in the fields gathered and prepared.

He gave thanks, broke it, gave it to his disciples, connecting each of them to the single loaf.

“This is my body, which is given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”

 

After the supper, he took the cup.

Grapes from the vine, crushed, poured out freely for all to share.

He gave thanks, gave it to his disciples, inviting them to be in the vine.

“Drink from this all of you, this is my blood of the new relationship, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of brokenness.  Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

 

A time of silence.

 

Pour out your Holy Spirit here on your branches.

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon these gifts of the field and of the vine.

Make this cup and this bread be for us the Body and Blood of Christ Jesus.

Connect your branches to your vine so that all may grow in your love and grace!

 

All this we pray in the name of the Vine-grower, the Vine, and the Spirit of life within, Amen.

– (C)2015 Worship’s Wake, Nathan Decker

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