A Communion Liturgy of the Iona Community

(Adapted for use at The Yellow House of Highland with elements borrowed from commonprayer.net)

 

The Gathering of the Community

Not an easy peace,

not an insignificant peace,

not a halfhearted peace,

but the peace of God in Jesus Christ

be with you all.

And also with you.

 

Opening Responses

Thanks be to you, O God, that we have risen this day

To the rising of this life itself.

Be the purpose of God between us and each purpose.

The hand of God between us and each hand,

The pain of Christ between us and each pain,

The love of Christ between us and each love.

O God, who brought us to the bright light of this new day

Bring us to the guiding light of eternity.

 

Prayer of Confession and Restoration

We gather in God’s name.

We claim Christ’s promised presence.

My brothers and sister, not out of dread and fear

but believing that God is faithful to forgive,

let us rid ourselves of what we need to carry no longer.

Eternal God, maker of the skies above,

lowly Christ, born amidst the growing earth,

Spirit of life, wind over the flowing waters,

in earth and sky, you are there.

O hidden mystery, sun behind all suns,

soul behind all souls,

in everything we touch, in everyone we meet,

your presence is around us, and we give you thanks.

But when we have not touched

but trampled you in creation,

when we have not met but missed you in one another,

when we have not received but rejected you in the poor,

forgive us, and hear now our plea for mercy.

Hear now the words of Jesus for all who are truly sorry and seek to

renew their lives: your sins are forgiven. Go in peace; come and follow

me.

Lead us now, O God, to acknowledge your costly generosity by

living as forgiven people, until heaven and earth rejoice and the

whole earth cries Glory! Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The Reading of the Word

Let us prepare ourselves for the Word of God

as it comes to us in the reading of Holy Scriptures.

Our hearts and minds are open.

 

Psalm 10:12 – 19

Rise up, O Lord; lift up your hand, O God : do not forget the afflicted.

 

Why should the wicked revile God? : why should they say in their heart, “You do not care”?

 

Surely, you behold trouble and misery : you see it and take it into your own hand.

 

The helpless commit themselves to you : for you are the helper of orphans.

 

Break the power of the wicked and evil : search out their wickedness until you find none.

 

The Lord is King for ever and ever : the ungodly shall perish from his land.

 

The Lord will hear the desire of the humble : you will strengthen their heart and your ears shall hear;

 

to give justice to the orphan and oppressed : so that mere mortals may strike terror no more.

 

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Prayers of Intercession

It is in this mystery of communion with Christ

that we pray for the Church throughout the world.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick, the bereaved,

the oppressed and the homeless,

praying in particular for… (Share prayer requests now)

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We pray for the broken and torn fabric of the earth as it yearns for healing,

praying in particular for our country,

for peace in the world’s many trouble spots,

for the victims of war and violence,

and for those who keep the peace.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

And because you are one with us, O Christ,

enable us to share your life with the world by sharing our own lives with the world.

Amen.

 

The Celebration of the Eucharist

Invitation

The table of bread and wine is now to be made ready.

It is the table of company with Jesus, 

and all who love him.

It is the table of sharing with the poor of the world,

with whom Jesus identified himself.

It is the table of communion with the earth,

in which Christ became incarnate.

So come to this table,

you who have much faith

and you who would like to have more;

you who have been here often

and you who have not been for a while

you who have tried to follow Jesus,

and you who have failed;

Come.

It is Christ who invites us to meet him here.

Let us pray.

Loving God, through your goodness

we have this bread and wine to offer,

which earth has given and human hands have made.

May we know your presence

in the sharing of this bread,

so that we may know your touch

in all bread, all matter.

We celebrate the life that Jesus has shared

among his community through the centuries,

and shares with us now.

Made one in Christ, and one with each other,

we offer these gifts and with them ourselves,

a single, holy, living sacrifice.

Amen.

 

The Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

We offer you praise, dear God, and hearts lifted high,

for in the communion of your love

Christ comes close to us and we come close to Christ.

Therefore with the whole realm of nature around us,

with earth, sea, and sky, we sing to you.

With the angels of light who envelop us,

with all the saints before and beside us,

with brothers and sisters, east and west,

we sing to you.

And with our loved ones, separate from us now,

who yet in this mystery are close to us,

we join in the song of your unending greatness:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth

are full of your glory. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna

in the highest!

 

Song: We Will Feast (by Sandra McCracken)

We will feast in the house of Zion

We will sing with our hearts restored

He has done great things, we will say together

We will feast and weep no more

 

We will not be burned by the fire

He is the LORD our God

We are not consumed, by the flood

Upheld, protected, gathered up 

Chorus

 

In the dark of night, before the dawn

My soul, be not afraid

For the promised morning, oh how long? 

Oh God of Jacob, be my strength

 

Chorus

 

Every vow we’ve broken and betrayed

You are the Faithful one

And from the garden to the grave

Bind us together, bring shalom. 

 

Chorus

 

Blessed is our brother Jesus,

who walks with us the road of our world’s suffering,

and who is known to us in the breaking of bread.

On the night of his arrest Jesus took bread

and having blessed it he broke the bread

and gave it to his disciples, saying,

This is my body, given to you.

In the same way he took wine

and having given thanks for it, he poured it out

and gave the cup to his disciples, saying,

This cup is the new relationship with God,

sealed with my blood.

Take this and share it.

I shall drink wine with you next

in the coming Kingdom of God.

Hear us, O Christ,

and breathe your Spirit upon us,

and upon this bread and wine.

May they become for us your body,

vibrant with your life,

healing, renewing, and make us whole.

And as the bread and wine

which we now eat and drink

are changed into us,

may we be changed again into you,

bone of your bone, flesh of your flesh,

loving and caring in the world.

Amen.

 

The Communion

He whose table was open to all

is now present in this bread.

He whose word welcomed friend and stranger

offers friendship through this cup.

With people everywhere we affirm

God’s goodness at the heart of humanity,

planted more deeply than all that is wrong.

The gifts of God for the people of God…

Thanks be to God.

 

Share the Meal

 

Prayer after Communion

Living God, in this sacrament we have shared in your eternal kingdom. May

we who taste this mystery forever serve you in faith, hope, and love. We ask

this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Glory to God, whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can

ask or imagine. Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church

and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Benediction

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;

may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;

may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;

may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.