Notes for the Liturgy of Communion

General outline for Communion

  1. Introduction
  2. Prayer of Communal Confession
  3. Silence (examination of conscience)
  4. Word of Invitation
  5. Reading
  6. Invitation to Communion
  7. Response

Structure for the Prayer of Communal Confession

  • Praising God
    • Helpful to pull from psalms
  • Request for Help
  • Confess our sins
  • Forgive us Lord
    • Forgive us Lord.
      We have sinned against you
      in thought, word and deed.
      In what we have done
      and in what we have left undone.
  • Amen

General Liturgy for Communion

Introduction

Jesus invite me to your table.
And I will proclaim your death until you return.

Prayer of Communal Confession

Almighty God we praise you.
All of creation is held in your hands.
Without you we would fall apart.

Lord as you sustain us, help us.
Give us courage to live as you did.

We have not loved the poor,
the meek are unknown to us,
and we cannot hear those who weep.
In desiring our safety and comfort,
we have lost sight of those you love,
and hurt others when we take what we want.

Forgive us Lord.
We have sinned against you
in thought, word and deed.
In what we have done
and in what we have left undone.

Alleluia
Amen

Silence (examination of conscience)

Holy Spirit graciously meet us, and assist us in examining ourselves.

Word of Invitation

Our Lord invites us to his table.
To sit with Him,
with those who came before,
and who are yet to come.
To share the eternal meal,
that began on the night Jesus was betrayed.

Reading

Year B: Mark 14:22-25

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying,
“Take it; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

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Invitation to Communion

We come together, and do this in remembrance of Jesus.

This bread is the body of Christ.
It has been broken for you.
Take.
Eat.

pause to allow them to eat

This cup is the new covenant in Christ’s blood.
It has been poured out for many.
Take.
Drink.

pause to allow them to drink

When we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come again.

Responatory

His body broken.
R Broken for us.

His blood shed.
R Shed for us.

Gods promise kept.
R Kept for us.

Gods eternal presence.
R Present with us.

R Christ has Died.
Christ has Risen.
Christ will come again.
Alleluia
Amen.