Wednesday Worship Piece: World Communion Sunday

This is an adaptation of the traditional Great Thanksgiving liturgy that we used on World Communion Sunday a couple of years ago–and may use again this year.  The plain text is read by the leader and the bold is read by the congregation.  The hymn numbers given refer to Hymnal: A Worship Book.

Great Thanksgiving Liturgy

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
Always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Lord God Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Hymn: Cantemos al Senor 55

In the beginning, O grace-filled Creator, you hovered amidst the chaos and spoke beauty into the world. At the sound of your voice, lights shimmered, land masses shifted, trees towered and flowers blossomed. You spoke into being the beetles and butterflies, frogs and fish, tigers and tarantulas—a world teeming with life and energy. And you formed us, O God; from the dust of the earth you shaped toes and ankles, thighs and bellies, shoulders and heads. And your breath filled us. And it was very good.

 But we did not appreciate the goodness of your creation. We found what we thought were faults and tried to fix them—only to realize we had introduced brokenness into the world. We spoke our own words of destruction that threatened to drown out your voice of creation.

And so, you again entered the chaos embodied in Jesus of Nazareth. You again spoke to us and filled us with life. You again touched our bodies, and we were made whole. And though this broken world broke your body, you burst forth from the tomb in the glory of resurrection.

So, with those who gather around tables of peace and hope in every corner of our world,
and with those who are with you in glory, we offer our praises and join the 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 the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Hymn: Holy, holy, holy! 120

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ whom your Spirit anointed to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, and to proclaim your salvation.

Jesus spoke words of peace and walked in the way of peace. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and shared meals with sinners. By his life, death, and resurrection, O God, you gave birth to your church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.

And so this morning, we join with the church universal in proclaiming the abundant life you offer to all as we gather at this table.

 

* To be honest, I don’t remember how much I wrote and how much I borrowed.  I can’t find this particular version anywhere online, so I think there are at least substantial portions that are original.  If you are aware of a source, please do let me know.  And, as always, you are welcome to use this in your own worship contexts.

 

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