Last Week's Sermon
Homily in Witness to the Resurrection, Linda Evans
The Reverend Matt Gaventa
audio not available A Reading from Ephesians Remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now …
The Sacrament of Communion
Communion is a celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that frees us from sin and invites us into a new future in the glory of God. It is a taste of the world to come. All who trust in our Lord Jesus Christ are welcome to the table.
The Great Thanksgiving – During this prayer we pray:
- The Lord be with us all and our hearts be lifted into the presence of Jesus Christ.
- We remember the history of God’s love throughout time.
- A remembrance of Christ’s life, ministry, death, resurrection, and the promise of his return.
- An offering of thanks for the gift of the sacrament and a profession of our faith.
- An invocation asking the Holy Spirit to draw the people into the presence of Christ and to make the breaking of the bread and sharing of the cup a communion in the body and blood of Christ.
Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer – A time when we pray for ourselves, our neighbors, our enemies, and the entire world followed by the Lord’s Prayer.
Words of Institution – The minister tells the story of Jesus Christ and the first Communion as a way of helping those gathered remember the story and to participate in it to this day.
The Communion of the People – The people participate in the sacrament by walking to the front of the church to a server, receiving a piece of bread and dipping it into the cup and then eating it. The cups closest to the table contain wine, the cups further from the table contain juice. You may choose either cup. After receiving the bread and the wine or juice, you may respond to the words of the server by saying, “Amen.” or “Thanks be to God.” Once you have eaten, you may return to your seat. There are gluten free wafers that are held by the server behind the baptismal font. There will also be servers in the aisles who are happy to serve you if you wish to remain in your pew.
Prayer after Communion – A prayer offering thanksgiving to God for the gift of Christ found in the celebration of Communion and asking for the grace and strength to be faithful disciples.