Communion Liturgy

Our little community is currently thinking about loving God, ourselves and our neighbours (or trying to!). Seems like there’s a lot of stuff that gets in the way, a lot of it in our own heads. We share communion most weeks; it’s a wonderful thing, capable of touching us in so many different ways. As we start to get to grips with the really negative stuff inside us all, we wrote this communion liturgy to emphasise God’s overwhelming love for us all.

This bread speaks of welcome. Through it God says to us: Come to my table and eat with me. You are always welcome because I love you and I want you here.

Lord Jesus we come to you

This bread speaks of health. Through it God says to us: Come to me and let me feed you with myself. Let me heal the bits in you that are broken and fill the places that are empty. Feed on my endless love for you.

Lord Jesus we come to feed on you

This bread speaks of community. Through it God says to us: Come to my table and be part of my body, come and belong to my people. This is where you belong because I love you.

Lord Jesus we come to belong to you and to your people

This bread speaks of generosity.  Through it God says to us: Look! I gave everything for you. I gave my only Son, who gave up his life for you. I gave my Spirit to help you become like him. Come and let me make you like Jesus, generous and gracious and full of my unfailing love.

Lord Jesus we come to give ourselves to you

—– Share the bread —–

This wine speaks of enormous value.  Through it God says to us: Look how much you are worth to me! I paid for you with my own lifeblood. Drink this and remember that you are very precious to me and I love you this much.

Lord Jesus, thank you. We believe and trust in you

This wine speaks of grace.  Through it God says to us: no matter who you are, no matter what you’ve done, no matter how bad it seems, I forgive you. I can clean you up and give you a fresh start, again and again. Drink this and remember that I forgive you because I love you.

Lord Jesus, thank you. We believe and trust in you

This wine speaks of commitment.  Through it God says to us: I am committed to you. The blood of Jesus has sealed a binding covenant between you and me. I will never let you down, never let you go and never stop loving you. Drink this and remember that.

Lord Jesus, thank you. We believe and trust in you

This wine speaks of hope.  Through it God says to us: There is power in the blood of Jesus to make all things new. No-one is too hard for me to save and redeem. Drink this and remember that I see you, not only as you are now but also as you will one day be – full of life, health, holiness and power.

Lord Jesus, thank you. We believe and trust in you

—– Share the wine —–

image

This picture beautifully expresses our Cobridge communions. Jesus, the living bread and wine is right in amongst the coffee cups and nappy bags, the remains of the shared meal and the children’s toys.

Howard Jones, Cobridge, Stoke on Trent

2 thoughts on “Communion Liturgy

  1. A fantastic explanation of communion and all that it meand. Would love to use this with my Girl’s Brigade group

Comments are closed.