One:         As one community, let us worship God.

Many:       We offer our presence, praise and prayers.

One:         Let us break bread together and drink the crushed fruit of the vine as we give thanks to God.

Many:       We will eat the bread of blessing and drink the cup of love that strengthen us on our journey.

One:         Let us see and touch the mystery of Christ that we may be reminded of our true self and its connection to God.

Many:       For all of God’s gifts we give thanks and praise.

The Service of Holy Communion

The service of Holy Communion is a celebration of Christ’s presence with us.

The teaching of the sacrament is that there is nothing that can ever separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

As we share in the sacrament of Holy Communion we affirm our solidarity as members of the Body of Christ in ministry to and with one another, and we give thanks in the words of Romans 8: “The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to God’s purpose. I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

All And for that we give thanks.  We come to be nourished on the bread of life and the cup of love, given by God through Christ. Amen.

The Greeting

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
All Amen.

The Lord be with you
All and also with you.

The Spirit of God hovered over the water
All and brought life to all creation.

Come, Holy Spirit
All and renew us in your Spirit

 


Prayer of Preparation

All Almighty God, 
to whom all hearts are open, 
all desires known, 
and from whom no secrets are hidden: 
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts 
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, 
that we may perfectly love you, 
and worthily magnify your holy name; 
through Christ our Lord. 
Amen.

On the night before he died he had supper with his friends 
and, taking bread, he praised you. 
He broke the bread, gave it to them and said: 
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; 
do this in remembrance of me.

When supper was ended he took the cup of wine. 
Again he praised you, gave it to them and said: 
Drink this, all of you; 
this is my blood of the new covenant, 
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. 
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

All: Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who have trespassed against us.
Lead us not into temptation 
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours 
now and for ever. 
Amen.

Blessing

May God 
who clothes the lilies and feeds the birds of the sky, 
who leads the lambs to pasture and the deer to water, 
who multiplied loaves and fishes and changed water into wine, 
change us to reflect the glory of our Creator 
now and through all eternity.

Amen

Go in the light and peace of Christ.

All: Thanks be to God.

Why Wesleyan Contemplative Order?

Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Wonderful to see all of you who could make it to our WCO fall retreat.  Ann Starrette reminded me after we met that for our new folks no one really spoke to the meaning of the name — Wesleyan Contemplative Order. The name is important, particularly in a paradoxical way — it connects us to a Christian heritage that frees us from the problems of many religious heritages, such as theological correctness, denominational orientation, liturgical preferences, etc. John Wesley was an Anglican all his life.  Like Jesus he had no desire to...

read more

WCO July, 2015 Newsletter

Posted by on Aug 1, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The W.C.O. Newsletter _________July 2015 Issue________ The Wesleyan Contemplative Order is a community of individuals and small bands committed to opening space for God’s grace to nurture the process of inner transformation, through contemplative practices as exemplified in Wesley’s means of grace. To Contact the WCO for more information, email the founder, Don Carroll, at carroll.williamdon@gmail.com or the editor of the newsletter, Pat Adams, at patsadams@gmail.com. In This Issue Dual/Non-dual Thinking p. 1-2 This is my prayer p....

read more

The WCO Quarterly Newsletter – October, 2014 Edition

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014 in Blog, WCO Newsletters | 0 comments

The WCO Quarterly Newsletter  October, 2014 Edition, is now available to view. Click the button below to read/download the PDF file: The WCO Quarterly Newsletter – October 2014

read more

Spiritual Directors International

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

In addition to traveling the contemplative spiritual journey with a small band of fellow seekers, another aid in the contemplative journey is a spiritual director or soul friend. If you would like more information about spiritual direction please go to Spiritual Directors International. http://www.sdiworld.org

read more

Order the new book Thirty Days of Meditations by the Wesleyan Contemplative Order

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Order the new book – Thirty Days of Meditations by the Wesleyan Contemplative Order directly on...

read more

Contemplation

Posted by on Sep 22, 2011 in Blog | 1 comment

This quote from Father Richard Rohr is worth discussion – “Could meditation/contemplation be the very thing that has the power to both democratize, reform, and mature Christianity? It alone does not demand major education, does not need a hierarchy of decision makers, does not need to argue about gender issues in leadership or liturgy, does not need preachers and bishops, and does not need membership requirements that include and exclude. Contemplation’s non-verbal character makes all our arguments about “the right words” and...

read more