Communion at EUCC

A word about Communion...

Children and Communion at EUCC
Invitation to the Table
We begin with the a very inclusive invitation (extemporaneous) closing with the phrase "no matter who you are, no matter where you came from this morning, no matter what you bring with you... you are welcome, here, at this table and in this community."

Our Table Prayer
As we come again to this table
we remember the story that Jesus' friends told.
It was a night of celebration and also betrayal
when Jesus took the bread left over on the table
blessed it and broke it and shared it with them saying,
"When you eat this bread, and remember me,
you become one in my body."
On that same night in much the same way
he took the cup after supper saying,
"My very lifeblood will be poured out
but when you drink this cup, and remember me,
I will be in you."
Come Holy Spirit, come.
Bless this bread and bless this fruit of the vine.
Bless all of us in our eating and drinking
that our eyes might be opened,
that we might recognize the risen Christ in our midst,
indeed, in one another.
Come, Holy Spirit, come.

Procession
The congregation comes forward, taking bread,
"The body of Christ (or bread of life) shared with you."
and dipping it in the juice/wine,
"The cup of blessing, shared with you."
Votive candles are on the altar to light in prayer and offering plates are also set at the front of the sanctuary.

Alternative Prayers
Communion Prayer with Nicene and Biblical References (1998)

In the beginning
when God created the heavens and the earth,
the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep,
while the breath of God swept over the face of the waters.
In the beginning was the Word
and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
The Word was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through the Word,
and without the Word, not one thing came into being.

God from God, Light from Light,
True God from true God,
We come to you in humble adoration.

We remember the covenant
You have made with your people in every time and place.
We remember Sarah's laughter,
Moses' burning bush,
and Milcah's claim to the promise.

We rejoice that you call all of creation
to return to this table of broken wholeness.
We rejoice in Mary's tears of love,
in Paul's inspired thorn,
in Thecla's costly obedience.

We remember that on the night of betrayal
Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it,
sharing it with his closest friends,
saying: "This is my body, given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me."
On that same night, in much the same way,
he lifted a cup after supper
saying: "This is the cup of the new covenant.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."

Come, Holy Spirit!
Bless this bread and bless this fruit of the vine.
Bless all who share at this table
that our eyes might be open
to see the risen Christ in our midst,
indeed, in each other.
The bread which we break is the communion of the body of Christ
The cup which we bless is the communion of the life blood of Christ.
The gifts of God for the people of God,
Come for all things are ready.
Sources: Genesis 1, John 1, Nicene Creed. Inspired by Genesis 18, Exodus 3, and Numbers 27:1, John 12, 2 Corinthians 12, and the "Acts of Thecla", A Christian novel of the second century C.E.

Communion Prayer with UCC Statement of Faith (1998)
We believe in you, O God, Eternal Spirit,
God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God,
and to your deeds we testify:
We believe in one God, the Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

You call the worlds into being,
create persons in your own image,
and set before us the ways of life and death.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
eternally begotten of the Creator,
God from God, light from light,
true God from true God, begotten not made,
of one Being with the Creator.

We remember that on the night of betrayal and desertion,
Jesus took bread, gave you thanks and broke the bread,
"This is my body, given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me."
On that same night, in much the same way,
he lifted a cup after supper saying:
"This is the cup of the new covenant.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Creator and the Christ,
who has spoken through the prophets,
who is worshiped and glorified at this table.

You call us into your church
to accept the cost and joy of discipleship,
to be your servants in the service of others,
to proclaim the gospel and resist the powers of evil,
to share in Christ's baptism
and to eat at Christ's table.
Amen.

Lent and Easter Prayers
Holy God, we come to the table as an Easter people;
tempted to tell only our faith stories of triumph and victory,
tempted to move directly to the party with flowers and balloons.
Hear us, Holy God, as we pray.

Holy God, we come to the table scarred from the world;
bringing some vague awareness that all is not well,
bringing some distant memory that the costly cross looms in the distance.
Hear us, Holy God, as we pray.

Holy God, we come to the table with a sense of defeat;
knowing that we too have silently witnessed crucifixions,
knowing that we too have failed to count the cost of following Christ.
Hear us, Holy God, as we pray.

(followed by words of institution and response)

Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication
Holy God, we came to this table
tempted to deny the pain of life,
scarred from too many broken dreams,
knowing that we are not immune to evil's lure.

And you met us at this table;
embracing us I our brokenness,
naming us "beloved",
claiming us for an eternity.
We thank you, living, loving God.

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