Thursday, March 28, 2013
A simple lay-led Communion for Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday Communion liturgy.
(adapted from the Holy Communion formulary of the Remonstrant Brotherhood, 1938)
Leader: From olden times comes to us this meal of bread and wine. In thenight before his passing, Jesus and his friends were gathered around this table.
Congregation: He had spoken of God who wants to save the world; of the cross that must be carried; of the beaker that should be emptied; of the joy awaiting the faithful.
Leader: Now he spoke of the sacrifice that would be made;
Congregation: Of the communion in His love, stronger than death.
Leader: The bread, made of grain, would be broken.
Congregation: As his body would be broken and die.
Leader: The wine, pressed from grapes, would be shed.
Congregation: As his blood would be shed.
Leader: Those who had joined the meal, knew the significance of the secret.
Congregation: They understood the darkness of betraying love, the grief of sacrificing for love, the power of communion in a love stronger than death; the peace for those who remember his love.
Leader: The meal of the bread and wine is the communion in this love we behold in Jesus and in which we share through him.
Congregation: The communion with the dead, the communion with those far away, the communion with those near and the communion with those who will succeed us.
Leader: Friends, in faith and love, we invite you to our Holy Communion. We invite all of you, whether or not you belong to this or any other church, or to none at all, all of you who know yourselves to bonded in the Spirit, or who long to live in the spirit of Jesus.
Congregation: Now we retire within ourselves and silently answer for ourselves:
All: Do I long to be led by God's Love, in my love and labor, in my life and death, and to remain faithful to God's will? Do I long to open up to the gift of God, to partake in the communion of Jesus, and to enter into his spirit?