Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Sung Communion Liturgy for the Season of Advent

A Sung Communion Liturgy for the Season of Advent
(Tune: VENI EMMANUEL)

The Lord be with you as we gather here
Lift up your hearts unto the Lord your God.
For it is right to give God our praise.
Let us prepare our hearts for coming days:
Rejoice, Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

You created all things and called them good,
Made us like you, but we cast off your love.
You set us free and claimed us as yours,
Through sage and prophet spoke to us your word.
Rejoice, Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O Holy God of power and might,
Bless’d be the one who comes in your name,
Hosanna in the highest, God!
Hosanna in excelsis.
Rejoice, Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Holy are you and blessed is your Son,
Jesus, the Light, your presence here with us.
You sent him in the fullness of time,
He came to preach good news to all.
Rejoice, Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

And on the night he was betrayed,
Christ took the bread, and unto you gave thanks
He broke the bread and shared it with friends.
“Take, eat, my body given for you.”
Rejoice, Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

After the meal he lifted up the cup,
“My blood, my life, I pour it out for you.
This covenant I make anew.
Set free from sin! Remember me!"
Rejoice, Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Spirit of God descend upon us now,
And make these gifts become for us.
The body and the blood of Christ
A holy, living sacrifice
Rejoice, Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Prayer after Communion:
We thank you God of Mystery
For sacred meal, community
Send us forth now to share your light,
Disciples of the One of Peace!
Rejoice, Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Text: Rev. Beth Quick, 2013.
Permission is given for free use of this hymn text with author attribution.

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