Category Archives: Communion Liturgy

Tears into Rainbows, Congregational Confession

There are two versions.  One for all to say the confession together, the other parsed for differing contexts of a diverse congregation.

 

Version 1 – as a congregational confession

 

God through painful rain and redeeming light:

Have mercy on us.

 

We bring our tears in our hands.

 

Tears wept upon the middle passage where humanity was ripped from us.

Tears wept in cotton fields, on bridges and in diners,

     in court rooms and in dreams the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

 

Tears wept by those who long held power.

Tears wept out of recognition

     the world we take for granted was built on the whipped backs of our enslaved brothers and sisters.

 

Tears because in order to gain freedom, some returned to a land they never knew as home.

Tears because we all are still seeking home today.

 

Tears wept in a repeating unrepentant history of blame, arrogance, hatred and apathy.

 

We have not loved You, Jesus.

We have not loved You in one another.

We have not loved You beyond skin, beyond language, and beyond borders.

 

Forgive us, we pray.

Shine your redeeming light through our tears

     so rainbow sight might come into our blind eyes

     so we can see the promise of Your presence

     so we can see You in everyone.

 

Children of God,

Christ came in the midst of our broken skies as light.

God has made his home among all people,

And God, himself, will wipe away every tear.

In the Name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

 

In the Name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

 

Celebrate visions of God in each of us!  Amen!

 

©2019, Nathan Decker.  Worshipswake.wordpress.com

 

 

Version 2 – as separate confessions

 

God through painful rain and redeeming light:

Have mercy on us.

 

(all)

We bring our tears in our hands.

 

(descendants of slaves)

Tears wept upon the middle passage where humanity was ripped from us.

Tears wept in cotton fields, on bridges and in diners,

     in court rooms and in dreams the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

 

(descendants of slave-owners)

Tears wept by those who long held power.

Tears wept out of recognition

     the world we take for granted was built on the whipped backs of our enslaved brothers and sisters.

 

(descendants of those who came from other lands)

Tears because in order to gain freedom, some returned to a land they never knew as home.

Tears because we all are still seeking home today.

 

(all)

Tears wept in a repeating unrepentant history of blame, arrogance, hatred and apathy.

 

We have not loved You, Jesus.

We have not loved You in one another.

We have not loved You beyond skin, beyond language, and beyond borders.

 

Forgive us, we pray.

Shine your redeeming light through our tears

     so rainbow sight might come into our blind eyes

     so we can see the promise of Your presence

     so we can see You in everyone.

 

Children of God,

Christ came in the midst of our broken skies as light.

God has made his home among all people,

And God, himself, will wipe away every tear.

In the Name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

 

In the Name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

 

Celebrate visions of God in each of us!  Amen!

 

©2019, Nathan Decker.  Worshipswake.wordpress.com

 

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Communion focusing on Justice for Women, Minorities and LGBTQ

Jesus, Lord of Love, we hear your invitation.

All are Loved by God and welcomed.

This Love changes how we see one another.

This Love embraces broken hearts and creates peace.

 

Encountering you, Great Love, causes us

to admit where we got it wrong

to own our part actively or in apathy allowing evil to thrive

to see how we have hurt you.

 

Great Love,

                We have not loved you,

                and we have not seen the image of your Love in one another.

                We have stripped humanity from one another in language and action.

                We have put our brothers and sisters in slavery

making them things to be owned, used, sold, abused

instead of siblings to be embraced.

                We have discriminated against your diversity of being.

                We have weaponized shame and minimalized the gift of difference.

                We have violently attacked the beauty of the Creator’s creation

                                with cat calls slandering women as the weaker sex

                                and turning acts of intimacy into rape and power.

                We blamed the Gays for AIDS while we beat them bloody at Stonewall Inn.

                We have not loved you in one another.

Lord of Love, have mercy on us.

Forgive us, we pray.

Free us to see your Great Love in each child of God

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

 

Beloved, hear the good news:

Christ died for us while we were still captive to hatred and apathy.

This proves God’s Great Love toward us.

In the Name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

In the Name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

Glory to the God of Love!  Amen.

 

God’s Great Love is with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your broken hearts that God might heal them.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Give thanks to the God of Love.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

Holy Love,

You are other, different, and unlike anything we will ever encounter.

And yet, you created us in your image.

We hear you in the dream of Martin Luther King.

We see you in the rainbow flag of Harvey Milk and Gilbert Baker.

We are shaped by your Words of Love

from Marjorie Matthews, Leontine Kelley, and Karen Oliveto.

You, Love, just won’t stop.

You, Love, continue as a persistent wind of prophetic change.

Our love is fickle, flagrant, and fails.

You, Love, have never failed.

 

You, Love, travel across the cosmos on the lips of your prophets,

the songs of your peoples, and all the saints of glory as they sing:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Love and Beauty,

Heaven and Earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the Highest!

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

Hosanna in the Highest!

 

Holy Love,

You are among us as Jesus Christ, Word in Flesh.

You came welcoming the outcasts and scorning the in-crowd.

You kissed the leper, helped the lame to walk, the blind to see.

You, Jesus, broke human traditions to teach the Divine Traditions:

Compassion, Mercy, Grace, Jubilee.

By your own life, suffering, death, and resurrection

You gave us Love as community, as fellowship, as church.

You delivered us from hate and apathy.

You made with us a new promise of life in water and Spirit.

 

On the night in which Christ gave himself up for us,

he took the bread, gave thanks, broke it,

and gave it to his disciples, saying:

“Take eat, this is my body given for you.

Do this in remembrance of me.”

When the meal was over

he took the cup, gave thanks, gave it to all of his disciples,

and said:

“Drink from this all of you;

This is my blood of the new covenant,

Poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

 

Love makes us remember.

Love causes our hearts to change.

Love awakens in us a spirit of giving.

So we offer ourselves to you, to be a part of your selfless giving,

as we proclaim the mystery of faith:

 

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

 

Holy Love,

Come among us as the Holy Spirit.

Come as the great Comforter.

Come as the great Sustainer.

Come, make this bread and this cup be for us the body and blood of Christ.

Come, make us be the body of Christ, diverse in grain and united in love.

Come, redeem us by the blood of Christ, crushed in suffering and poured out in love.

 

Give us the vision, the perspective, and the dream of the Kingdom of God here on earth.

Reveal your presence as we take each other’s hands and join in one voice.

Unite us all in You, Great Love,

in the name of the Creator, Redeemer, and Guide, Amen.

(C)2019 Nathan Decker, Worshipswake.wordpress.com

Ten Commandments Confession

Forgive us, Lord, too often we have broken your commandments:

Our priorities begin everywhere but with you,

Placing of faith in idols and self,

Using your name carelessly for power and gain,

We have not followed your example and had a day of rest.

We dishonor our parents,

We treat other people as less than human, murdering your image in them.

We lust.  We steal.  We lie. 

Our hunger is unsatisfied as we crave earthly things.

Forgive us, Lord, too often we have broken your commandments.

 

Hear the Good News,

Just as God gave his only Son to save us,

God gave us these commandments to guide us as a community.

The compassion of God is overwhelming our sin.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

Hallelujah!  Amen.

 

(C)2018, Nathan Decker, worshipswake.wordpress.com

Litany for Passing the Peace

When we pray…

Our heads our bowed.

When we praise…

Our hands are held high!

And when we grieve…

Our eyes break in tears.

Worship is action.  Belief practiced.  Vision lived out.

When we see injustice…

We raise our voices.

When we see need…

We rush with aid.

And when we are broken, when we have broken…

Covenant.  Promise.  Love.

God sends peace.

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.”

Will we share the peace God has sent?

Will we heal the broken, mend the relationships?

<silence>

The peace of Christ be with you.  And also with you.

(at this point the congregation is encouraged to share the peace using the line above)

Invitation to New Life based on Luke 19

 

Christ our Lord invites himself to our Table

Calls us out of the sycamore tree, inspires us to charity.

Christ our Lord invites us to see the world differently.

Generously giving half of what we own,

Providing a path for the poor.

Christ our Lord invites us to live in peace with one another.

If we have cheated anyone, let us repay them four times!

We seek a life lived through justice.

We seek relationships filled with wholeness and peace.

Christ our Lord invites us to salvation,

to seek and save the lost.

Let us come down and dine with Christ!

Confession from Jeremiah 5:1-8

We run from You, great forgiver and lover.

We run through the streets terrified because we know

You seek truth, You seek justice, You seek humble hearts

so that You can forgive them.

but We have refused to live forgiven lives.

We have made our faces harder than rock

and We have no excuse. 

We are not the poor.

and yet, We are not truly rich.

We have all broken the yoke that was easy.

We have all torn the bonds that gave us freedom.

 

forgive us, we pray.

You can protect us from the Lion in the roaming in our forest,

those dark voices roaring in our minds.

You can lift us from the Leopard seeking to rip us to pieces,

those evils of self-indulgence and self-gratification.

You alone can feed our hungry spirits and heal our hurting souls.

 

Sisters and Brothers, the Great Forgiver calls us.

Because of God’s Love, the Living Bread descended to us in the desert.

Our cry of “Lord, help my unbelief” has been heard!

Here is the only proof we ever need.  God’s Love!

 

In the name of Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven!

In the name of Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven!

Hallelujah!  Amen!

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

I am a Slave (Prayer of Confession with Pardon)

I am a Slave.  I am not free.

I do not love God above all. 

I do not love my neighbor. 

I do not care for the garden.

                  I love wealth that I did not earn.

                  I love pleasure.  I love self.

                  I love being right more than learning or teaching.

                  I love to make a living more than making life possible.

                  I love to coldly dissect rather than to be astonished in awe.

                  I love worship so long as it does not require sacrifice or change.

                  I love and live lies so that I can be better liked and elected.

                  I am a Slave.  I am not free.

                  Lord, Jesus!  Break these chains of sin. 

                  Free me so I can joyfully follow your way!  Amen.

                                  a time of silence…

                  Sisters and Brothers, Be Free!

Christ died for us while we were still sinners.  God loves us!

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven and free!

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven and free!

                  Glory to God!

 

-(CC) 2014 Nathan Decker, www.worshipswake.wordpress.com

Kid’s Communion

Kids Eucharist

By Nathan Decker and Lisa Fong

Invitation in Song
All singing:
Jesus loves me, this I know
for the Bible tells me so.
He wants me to come and eat
learning love for all I meet.

Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes, Jesus love me
at this Table his love shows.

Confession and Pardon in Song
All continue singing:
Jesus love me, this I pray
I messed up along the way.
Teach me how to grow and live
and to share all I can give.

Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes, Jesus love me
at this Table I can know.

Passing of the Peace
Because Jesus opened his arms big enough to love and hug all of us,
let us hug and show we have arms big enough to love one another.

All are brought back together in the singing:
Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight,
Jesus loves the little children of the world!

The Great Thanksgiving

Dear God,
We love you with all our hearts.
You are good. You are great.
You created everything we see and don’t see.
You saved the animals on the Ark with Noah.
You helped Moses free the slaves.
You gave victory to David against giant problems.
You are good. You are great.

People Respond in the Singing:
Father, I adore you.
Lay my life before you.
How I love you.

Dear God,
you loved us with all your heart.
You are good. You are great.
You sent Jesus as a baby in Bethlehem.
He grew up and taught people how to love
and what kind of people you wanted us to be.
Before he died, he invited his friends to a meal.
He took bread, told you “thank you,” broke the bread
and gave to his friends saying,
“Take, Eat, this is my body given for you, do this in remembrance of me.”
When the meal was over, he took a cup, told you “thank you,”
and gave the cup to his friends saying,
“Take, drink, this is the promise that God gives in my blood that he will forgive you, all of you.

Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

Jesus, I adore you.

Lay my life before you.

How I love you. 
Dear God,
show your love to us in being here today.
You are good. You are great.

Send your Holy Spirit on this bread and cup.
Help us know that you are here.
Help us show that you are near.

Send your Holy Spirit on us as your children.
Help us learn to grow and live.
Help us learn to share and give.

Spirit, I adore you.
Lay my life before you.
How I love you.

This we pray and as God’s children say, Amen.

Compelling Invitation (Call to Worship August 2009)

The Lord sits at his table and awaits his invited guests,

Yet they do not come, filled with excuses.

            Christ invite us, let us come even when our excuse is

“I don’t feel like it today.”

Christ invite us, let us come even when our excuse is

“We’re doing this too often, didn’t we do this once already this month.”

Christ invite us, let us come even when our excuse is

“I just don’t feel worthy to be with God today.

Christ invite us, let us come as the Lord at his table says

“Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town,

bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.

Compel people to come in so that my house may be filled.”