Skip to comments.A Revealing Liturgy
Posted on 03/11/2006 10:48:44 AM PST by sionnsar
God dwells in you.
And also with you.
Come to the table with thankful hearts.
We open our hearts to God and to one another.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
Creative God, source of all life and ground of our being, you are the vibrant energy dancing at the center of the universe! Through us you move, and through us you are made known to the world. Co-creators with you, we are emboldened to move beyond ourselves, to find the courage to let go of old ways and welcome new life. And so, in concert with those of every generation who have been touched by your redeeming love, we lift our praise to you:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one who comes in the Name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
From the beginning we did not trust you when you called us good. In our arrogance, we placed ourselves outside your garden of love. Separate from you, vulnerable and unprotected, we feared one another and our diversity. Afraid of being ourselves, we distrusted your Word of love and forgiveness. But you did not abandon us to isolation and despair.
You sent your servant Jesus, baptized him with your Spirit, and infused him with your love and confidence. Healing, teaching, and sharing table with all manner of individuals, Jesus proclaimed your love for all humanity and called us forth to be ourselves.
On the night before his death, Jesus gathered his friends around him for a meal. After supper he took bread, gave thanks to you, and shared it with them, saying, This is my body, the bread of new life. Eat it in remembrance of me. Taking the cup of wine, he blessed it and shared it with them, saying, This is my blood, the cup of new life. Drink it in remembrance of me.
And so, remembering the cross, the tomb, and the resurrection, we acclaim you, O Christ: Dying, you destroyed our death. Rising, you restored our life. Christ Jesus, come in glory!
Fill us and these gifts of bread and wine with your Spirit, that we, receiving the body and blood of your Christ, may burn with the power of your Spirit to be a people of hope, justice, inclusion, and love. We ask this in the name of the risen Christ. Amen.
Where did this come from? From a story we covered before. One wants to ask really hard questions about this liturgy. Presumably the bishop approved it? Is it Trinitarian? Does it reflect a Christian theology of sin? Read it all.
I would sooner call the Blessed Theotokos "Coredemptrix" than say "Amen" to that Pelagian garbage.
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