ONLINE SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION
Especially designed for zoom prayer times
Prayers of Adoration, Confession, and Listening to the Word precede this time and prayers for others and final blessing follow.
Because of the nature of Zoom being already somewhat disembodied it is important to share the elements at the same together.
Before the service starts check that each member has the elements ready. Encourage members if possible to ask one or two others to join them physically and join in Christ's meal together.
For flow of the liturgy have the same three readers throughout the communion time.
Welcome and Opening Prayer
Isaiah 49:1-7 (NIV)
Listen to me, you islands;
hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the Lord called me;
from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.
2 He made my mouth like a sharpened sword,
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me into a polished arrow
and concealed me in his quiver.
3 He said to me, “You are my servant,
Israel, in whom I will display my splendor. ”
4 But I said, “I have labored in vain;
I have spent my strength for nothing at all.
Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand,
and my reward is with my God.”
5 And now the Lord says—
he who formed me in the womb to be his servant
to bring Jacob back to him
and gather Israel to himself,
for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord
and my God has been my strength —
6 he says:
“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
to restore the tribes of Jacob
and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
7 This is what the Lord says—
the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel —
to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation,
to the servant of rulers:
“Kings will see you and stand up,
princes will see and bow down,
because of the Lord, who is faithful,
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”
Prayers of Praise and Confession
LISTENING TO THE WORD
1 Corinthians 1:1-9 (NIV)
Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
2 To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:
3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge — 6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
THE NICENE CREED
Everyone is welcome to mute their microphone or phone and read with the reader.
WE BELIEVE in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father,
who with the Father and the Son
is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
Basis of Union Paragraph 8
The Uniting Church acknowledges that Christ signifies and seals his continuing
presence with his people in the Lord’s Supper or the Holy Communion, constantly repeated in the life of the Church. In this sacrament of his broken body and outpoured blood the risen Lord feeds his baptized people on their way to the final inheritance of the Kingdom.
Participants are encouraged to mute and read with the readers below. Unfortunately it is not possible to read all together because of the time delay on zoom, so one reader will read on behalf of everyone.
SETTING THE TABLE
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have these gifts to share: fruit of the earth and fruit of the vine, they will become for us the bread of life and our spiritual drink.
Blessed be God forever
Blessed be God forever
GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you
And also with you
Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give our thanks and praise
Thanks and praise, glory and honour are rightly yours
Our Lord and God, for you alone are worthy,
In time beyond our dreaming
You brought forth light out of darkness,
and in the love of Christ your Son
you set man and woman at the heart of your creation..
And so we praise you With the faithful of every time and place
Joining with choirs of angels And the whole creation In the eternal hymn:
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory
Hosanna in the highest
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord
Hosanna in the highest
We praise you Lord God, King of the universe
through our Lord Jesus Christ
Who on the night of his betrayal
took bread, gave you thanks, broke it
and gave it to his disciples saying:
Take this and eat it
This is my body given of you.
Do this for the remembrance of me
In the same way, after supper he took the cup
gave thanks, and gave it to them saying:
Drink from this, all of you
This is my blood of the new covenant
poured out for you and for everyone
for the forgiveness of sins
Do this, whenever you drink it
for the remembrance of me
With this bread and this cup
we do as our Saviour commands:
We celebrate the redemption he has won for us
Christ has died,
Christ is risen
Christ will come again
Pour out the Holy Spirit upon us
and on these gifts of bread and wine,
that they may be for us the body and blood of Christ
Make us one with him,
one with each other
and one in ministry in the world
until at least we feast with him in the kingdom
Through your Son, Jesus Christ
in your holy church,
all honour and glory is yours, Father Almighty
Now and forever:
LORD'S PRAYER (mute and join in or read softly and let reader lead)
Our Father in heaven
Hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us our sins,
As we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
And deliver us from evil
For the kingdom, the power and glory are yours
Now and forever. Amen.
BREAKING OF THE BREAD
The bread we break is a sharing in the body of Christ
The cup we take is a sharing in the blood of Christ
The gifts of God for us, the people of God
Jesus Lamb of God
Have mercy on us
Jesus, bearer of our sins
Have mercy on us
Jesus redeemer of the world
Grant us peace.
Minister: Let us receive the Holy Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ and feed on him in our hearts by faith with thanksgiving.
Let us each break a piece of bread
The body of Christ broken for you. Take and eat and remember.
Let us each take the cup
The blood of Christ shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.
Drink and remember all that Christ has done.
PRAYERS FOLLOWING HOLY COMMUNION
Spontaneous Prayers of Praise for the gift of the cross, following sharing the cup together
Father of all,
We give you thanks and praise
That when we were still far off
You met us in your Son and brought us home.
Dying and living, he declared your love,
Gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory
May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;
We who drink his cup bring life to others;
We whom the Spirit lights give light to the world
Anchor us in this hope that we have grasped;
So we and all your children shall be free,
And the whole earth live to praise your name;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND INTERCESSSION
CONFESSING CHRIST FROM THE BASIS OF UNION based on paragraph 8
Through this holy meal we the people of God, through faith and the gift and power of the Holy Spirit,
have had communion with our Saviour,
made our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,
proclaimed the Lord’s death
grown together into Christ,
Been strengthened for our participation in the mission of Christ in the world,
and rejoiced in the foretaste of the Kingdom which Christ will bring to consummation.