Holy Communion - 6th January 2008 - MS Black Watch

Be still, and know that God is.
Before creation began, God was.
And when all human striving has ceased,
God will still be.
From everlasting to everlasting,
God is God,
who alone is worthy
to be worshipped.
Let us sing praise to our God.

HYMN: Come and find the quiet centre

God has given us this beautiful earth,
all that grows, all that lives upon it.
Thanks be to God.
God has given us breath to live
and spirit to sing.
Thanks be to God.
God has gathered us
into a community of care and worship.

Let us worship God with love, thanksgiving, and praise.

O God, our God, how glorious is your name in all the earth.
The earth is God's,
and all that is in it,
the world, and all who live upon it;
for God founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the waters.

When I look to the heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars
which you have set in place,

what are we mortals that you should be mindful of us,
mere human beings that you should care for us?

O God, our God, how glorious is your name in all the earth.

And yet…
When you come to us, we do not see.
When you speak to us, we do not hear.
When you call us, we do not come.
We are like sheep without a shepherd.

So come to us, God.
Speak to us and help us hear you.
Call us, and help us respond.
Be to us a shepherd,
guiding us in your ways
and showing us the right path.

This is the Good News of the Gospel.
God loves us despite ourselves.
God sets us free to love ourselves and others.
We are a forgiven people.
Thanks be to God.
Thanks be to God.

HYMN: Lord, we have come at your own invitation,

Reading : Matthew 2: 1-12


"A New Creed"

We are not alone,
we live in God's world.

We believe in God,
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others
by the Spirit.

We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God's presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus,
crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.

In life,
in death,
in life beyond death,
God is with us.

We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.
from the United Church of Canada

HYMN: Come touch our hearts that we may know compassion

The Spirit of God be with you all.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.

Let us give thanks to our God!
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, gracious God,
Creator of light, Giver of all life, Source of love.
You guide the sun, cradle the moon and toss the stars.
At your word the earth was made and spun on its course among the planets.

You breathe life into us and set us among all your creatures,
in a covenant of love and service.
Even when we turn away from you, you do not forsake us.
You send your prophets to proclaim your justice,
to remind us of your promise of peace,
and to call us back to you.

Gracious God,
we praise you for your love revealed to us in Christ,
who walks with us, our Shepherd and our Guide,
sharing our joy and sorrow, healing the sick,
feeding the hungry, and setting the captive free.

So it is that we join the song of all creation to proclaim your goodness:

Holy, holy, holy God,
power of life and love!
Heaven and earth are full of your glory!
Hosanna through the ages!
Blest is the One who comes
to bring your justice to earth!

Mighty and tender God, in Jesus of Nazareth
we recognize the fullness of your grace:
light, life, and love, revealed
in words that confront and comfort us,
in teachings that challenge and change us,
in compassion that heals and frees us.

And now we gather at this table to remember,
and to be filled with such longing for your realm
that we may rise together to turn our worship into witness
and to follow in your way.

We remember that, when Jesus ate with his friends,
he took a loaf of bread,
and after blessing it, he broke it and gave it to them,
"Take, eat.
This is my body, given for you.
Each time you do this, remember me."

Later, he took a cup, and after giving thanks,
passed it to his friends, saying:
This cup that is poured out for you is the promise of God,
made in my blood.
Whenever you drink it, remember me."

At this time, we also remember
all with whom you would have us share your feast -
friends and family we have left behind,
all who are in sorrow or in pain,
all who are ill or alone,
all who face poverty or despair,
all whom the world counts least or last,
all who do not find God in the Church,
others who are on our minds today…

Loving God, the gift of your grace
fills us with joy and peace.
We remember the life and the death of Jesus.
Grant that, in praise and thanksgiving,
we may so offer ourselves to you
that our lives may proclaim the living Christ:

We celebrate Christ -
who was,
who is,
and who is to come.

Send, O God, your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts,
that all who share in this loaf and cup
may be the body of Christ:
light, life, and love in the world.
In this hope and as your people,
we praise you.

Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory is yours, God most holy,
now and forever.

The bread that we break,
and the cup for which we give thanks
are our sharing in the life of Christ.

Come, for all is now ready.

~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Sharing ~~~~~~~~~~~~

Life-giving God,
may we, who share Christ's body, live his risen life;
we, who drink his cup, bring new life to others;
we, whom the Spirit lights, give light to the world.

Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,
so that we and all your children shall be free,
and all creation will live to praise your name.

Thank you, O God, for the time that is now


Go and join Christ in the world,
healing and speaking words of freedom,
witnessing to the sacred in the midst of life.

and may the peace of God travel with you along your way,
in places familiar and unfamiliar,
today and in all your tomorrows.