Worship Order for
One: Incline your ear! Hear the good news!
All: God's Messiah is Jesus of
One: God has chosen us as witnesses.
All: God's Anointed is Jesus of
One: Open your hearts to receive his word.
All: God's Ordained is Jesus of
One: He is preached and glorified in prayer
All: God's Chosen One is Jesus of
One: Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ!
All: Jesus the Christ is Lord of all.
The Abingdon Worship Annual 2011,
©2010 Abingdon Press
as found in
Cokesbury's Worship Connection
baptise us, loving God, not just once with water but continually
with your Holy Spirit. Saturate every congregation with your
buoyant grace, that worship may be a time of liberty and joy.
Immerse our daily lives in the love of Christ Jesus, that our
deeds, words and attitudes may declare your praise.
same Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit are to be
loved and enjoyed forever! Amen!
Bruce Prewer, Uniting Church in Australia
written closer to the time (if not at the
We shift, now,
from baptism to communion. There is a common thread that is woven
through all the sacraments (or, as we Brethren see them,
“ordinances”). In them we discover the freeing, healing power of
God’s forgiveness that moves us away from that which would
enslave us toward the promised land of God’s kingdom. In them we
also hear God’s call to a new way of living, and are commissioned to
step out by faith to “walk the walk.”
Of course, it’s so
easy to fall back into the old mindset. When the apostle Paul
wrote to the church in Corinth those familiar words about the
bread and cup, he shared his frustration over how they were not
yet operating out of real love. When they sat at the Lord’s
table, the more well-to-do folks arranged it so they didn’t have
to eat with the poorer believers. This, Paul said, showed
contempt for the church and humiliated those who had nothing.
This was eating the bread and drinking the cup of the Lord “in
an unworthy manner,” and made them subject to God’s judgment.
Paul challenged them to, instead, “discern the body,” to see in
the bread the whole body of Christ – that is the church – and to
see in the cup all those for whom Jesus shed his blood. In the
same way today, we are challenged to discern the body as we come
to the Lord’s table, that through God’s forgiveness we might let
go of sin and through God’s commissioning be empowered to step
out into another way of living, peacefully, simply, and
Listen once more
to what we sometimes call “words of institution,” the wisdom of
Paul to the church in Corinth and to us today.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
your steadfast love has been ours for generations.
Through Christ, you brought us out of the abyss of death
and into the light of eternal love.
With joy and thanksgiving, we proclaim our salvation,
remembering Christ’s death and resurrection,
until he comes again.
As we break bread and share the cup together,
may Christ be present with us,
and may the Spirit bind us together
as Christ’s body in this world. AMEN
©1992 The Hymnal Project
Scripture as the bread is
The Lord speaks
through the prophet Isaiah, words about his chosen servant. In
Isaiah’s day, God’s chosen “servant” mentioned here, destined
for a nonviolent mission of mercy, was not understood to be just
one person. Instead, the word “servant” was thought to refer to
the faithful remnant of God’s people, suffering for the sake of
the world… When the first followers of Jesus, however, heard
these words, they couldn’t help but make the connection that
he was the Lord’s servant of whom Isaiah spoke, and
that they were called into his new way of living.
As you receive the
bread we will later break and eat together, listen. Be drawn to
the table of your Lord and Savior, and in so doing, be nudged
toward his messianic mission, forgiven and commissioned to
service in his name. Listen.
This bread is the communion of the body of Christ.
Take, eat and remember
Scripture as the cup is
We have broken and eaten bread,
a reminder of how our suffering servant Savior was himself
broken on the cross for our sake. In so doing, the apostle Paul
wrote, we “proclaim his death until he comes.” We now turn to
drink from his cup, and remember how his blood was freely shed
for us. To “proclaim his death” is not to declare defeat. It is,
instead, to recognize amid the storm that there is a power
greater than death. As we drink, we trust in the One who raised
Jesus, and who will also raise us from the grave. Hold onto your
cup, which is a symbol of the one cup of Christ we all share,
and listen to the “voice of the LORD” as spoken in the 29th
Psalm, a hymn to the God of the storm.
This cup is the communion of the blood of Christ.
Take, drink and remember
As we have freely received, so
we freely give. You are invited to bring forward your offering
and place it in this basket up front while we sing together our
closing hymn. Your gifts do not earn you a place at the Lord’s
table. That is already yours in Christ. Let your offering,
instead, be a gracious response to the awesome love of God in
Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen? … Please rise in body or spirit and
“Go, my children” - 433
Brothers and sisters,
the waters of baptism set you free
to serve with gladness.
Forgiven from that heavy burden
which now can be set aside;
Commissioned for the yoke
which you now can joyfully take up;
Go with God’s blessing.
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)