I'll post my sermon later this afternoon, but I wanted to post the Eucharistic prayer I put together for today's service. The Rev'd Dr. Susanna Snyder, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Society and Christian Ethics, will be presiding.
I packed like a monk to come to EDS as Proctor Scholar, so I did not have any of my liturgical files with me. I needn't have worried. Dr. Snyder was a rich and generous resource of liturgical material for this service, for which I am deeply grateful.
I am also deeply grateful to Patrick Michaels, pianist and organist at St. John's Chapel, who was so very generous with his time and musical talent in suggesting the music for this service.
I cobbled this service together from a variety of sources: The New Women Included, St. Hilda Community; Bread of Tomorrow: Praying with the World’s Poor, Janet Morley, ed; Holy Ground: Liturgies and worship resources for an engaged spirituality, Neil Paynter & Helen Boothroyd - and, I confess, from the rapidly dwindling shreds of memory I have left in my cerebellum.
I would be happy for you to borrow any or all of it, with proper attribution, of course.
Anna Julia Haywood Cooper and Elizabeth Evelyn Wright
Monday, February 28, 2011
SERVICE OF HOLY EUCHARIST
Presider: Come to the living God
Come to stand alongside the poor in spirit.
Come to struggle with those who seek freedom.
Come to resist all that offends God’s justice
Come to the living, disturbing God.
+Blessed be God, One, Holy and Living.
All: And Blessed be God’s Beloved Community, now and forever. Amen.
HYMN OF PRAISE: “I know the Lord’s laid his hands on me.” LEVAS 131
Presider: Our God is with you.
All: And also with you.
Presider: Let us pray.
Eternal God, you inspired Anna Julia Haywood Cooper and Elizabeth Evelyn Wright with the love of learning and the joy of teaching: Help us also to gather and use the resources of our communities for the education of all your children; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
First Reading Proverbs 9:1-6
Psalm 78:1-7 (spoken)
Give ear to my teaching, O my people;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will declare the mysteries of ancient times,
That which we have heard and known,
and what our forebears have told us.
we will not hide them from their children.
We will recount to generations to come
the praiseworthy deeds and the powers of God,
and the wonderful works s/he has done.
S/he established a testimony in Jacob
and appointed a law in Israel,
which s/he commanded our forebears
to teach to their children;
That the next generation might know them,
the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children,
So that they should set their hope in God,
and not forget the works of God,
but keep God’s commandments;
GRADUAL HYMN: “Make me a blessing” LEVAS 158
Gospel Luke 4:6-16
Prayers of the People
Gracious God, we pray for your holy catholic Church;
That we all may be one.
Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you;
That your Name may be glorified by al people.
We pray for all bishops, priests, deacons and laity;
That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.
We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;
That there may be justice and peace on the earth.
Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;
That our works may find favor in your sight.
Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble;
That they may be delivered from their distress.
Give to the departed eternal rest.
Let light perpetual shine upon them.
We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;
May we also come to share in your heavenly kin-dom.
Let us pray for our own needs and those of others.
The prophet Zechariah has taught us that these are the things we must do: Speak the truth to one another. In the courts give real justice – the kind that gives peace. Do not plan ways to hurt each other. Do not tell lies about each other. Have courage. Do not be afraid. Love truth and love peace. Amen.
All: God, you know us as we are:
you know our selfishness,
our anger and bitterness,
our fear and apathy,
our hardness of heart,
our deliberate blindness,
our need to begin again.
In your mercy and love
Forgive us, change and renew us. Amen.
Presider: God forgives you. God blesses you. God loves you, now and always.
The Passing of the Peace
OFFERTORY HYMN: “Come, Eat and Drink for my table is set”
(Words and Music: Patrick Michaels)
God is with us
God’s Spirit is here
Lift up your hearts
We lift them up to God
Let us give thanks to God our Creator
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Holy God, who breathes fire into our very existence, filling us with heavenly joy and holy indignation at the plight of our world: we worship you, we praise you, and we trust in your promise to be with us, now and always.
We claim the sign of renewal given to a broken and discouraged community, now as then in Jerusalem. For you came to your people, filling them with confidence. Your Holy Spirit inspired their lives, bringing clarity and vision, perseverance and persistence, hope and peace.
We join our voices now with them and with all those who have gone before us, with Anna and Elizabeth and all your saints who have struggled to bring a glimpse of your kin-dom here on earth, singing this hymn of unending praise:
Sanctus: LEVAS 225
Blessed is Jesus, our brother, who calls us beyond the limits of our understanding of our humanity to seek the divine spark within us all, and fills us with a sense of oneness with God and with each other in community.
On the night he was betrayed, while at supper with his friends, +Jesus took bread, gave thanks, and broke it saying, “Take and eat: this is my body which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”
After supper, +he took the cup, blessed it and said: “Drink this, all of you: this is the new covenant made in my blood; do this for the remembrance of me.”
Holy God, we now offer you these gifts, longing for the bread of justice and the wine of the age to come. Therefore, we proclaim the mystery of our faith.
+ Pour out your Spirit on these gifts, O God, that through them we may be vehicles of justice and compassion and may reconcile ourselves and each other and the world through your unconditional love and abundant grace.
+ Sanctified by the power of your Spirit, may we be better able to proclaim your message, look beyond the obstacles in our path and see new visions, dream new dreams and become your Beloved Community in the Name of Jesus.
+Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory be given to you, O Source of all life, now and forever. Amen.
In the spirit of the teaching of Jesus, let us now pray -
Take and eat, for the peace of all nations
Take and drink, for the love of all people.
For you have shown us the path that leads to life.
And this feast will fill us with joy.
COMMUNION HYMN: “Mungu ni mwema”
(Democratic Republic of Congo)
"Know that God is good."
POST COMMUNION HYMN: “Justice Round”
(Words and music by Thew Elliott)
Post Communion Prayer
Let us pray:
Those who work for change suffer resistance
So make us strong
Those who do new things sometimes feel afraid
So make us brave.
Those who challenge the world as it is arouse its anger
So grant us inner peace.
Those who try to love encounter hate.
So make us steadfast in you.
CLOSING HYMN: “Glory, glory Halleluiah” LEVAS 130