Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A Sung Communion Liturgy for Maundy Thursday/The Season of Lent

A Sung Communion Liturgy for Maundy Thursday/The Season of Lent
(Tune: RESTORATION)


Lift your hearts to God your maker.
Lift your hearts unto the Lord!
Let us thank God! Let us praise God:
God of mercy, love and power!

Let us gather at the table
Hearts uplifted, hands outstretched
This, the table of thanksgiving
Cup of blessing, bread of life

From the dust we were created
God gave us the breath of life
But we wandered from God’s Presence
Bound for pain and grief and strife

Let us gather at the table
Hearts uplifted, hands outstretched
This, the table of thanksgiving
Cup of blessing, bread of life

God sought us through law and prophet
Called to us throughout the years
We rejected, lost in wilderness
God called us but we would not hear.

Holy, Holy, God Almighty,
Holy God we sing your praise!
All creation’s filled with glory!  
Glory in the highest!

In good time God sent a Savior
God’s own son, a gift for all.
For our sake he bore our burdens
Listen, sinner, to the call!

Let us gather at the table
Hearts repentant, sins confessed
This, the table of forgiveness
Cup of blessing, bread of life

On this night we recall the supper
Jesus shared with dearest friends
Knowing they’d deny, betray him
Still, he gave this holy gift
We remember bread that’s broken
We remember cup outpoured
Christ has died but Christ is risen
Christ will come to us again!

On these gifts, pour out Your Spirit
Make these gifts become for us
Body, blood of Christ who loves us
By his life, we are redeemed.

By Your Spirit we’re united,
In this meal we are made one
God, we thank You! God, we praise You!
Cup of blessing, bread of life

Come, now, sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus gives his life to save you,
Full of pity, love, and power.

We will arise and go to Jesus;
He will embrace us in his arms
At the table of our Savior,
O there are ten thousand charms!

God we thank you for the mystery
As you give yourself to us!
We are blessed and we are strengthened
In the name of Jesus Christ.

We will arise and go to serve you
Blessed by what we’ve shared tonight
At the table of our Savior
God, you’ve given us new life!

Text: Rev. Beth Quick, 2014.
Adapted text in vs. 7-8 based on text by Joseph Heart,
“Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy”
Permission is given for free use of this hymn text with author attribution.

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