The Wesleyan Contemplative Order Gathers for Communion
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.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
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.
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.
Go in the light and peace of Christ.
All: Thanks be to God.