Evening Communion Zoom Liturgy
led Rev Dr Phil Wall
The details to join our Evening Communion are in our newsletter.
You are invited to find a quiet space and bring some bread and wine (or similar) to your table. We will begin our time together by lighting a candle to symbolize Christ’s presence with us. You might choose to light one too. In this service we join with all our friends, separated by time and space, yet one in the love of God.
Call to Worship
O Divine Voice, You sing and the universe comes into being;
O Divine Flesh, You are born among us, and the Creator is clothed in creation;
O Divine Spirit, You contain all that has been formed;
O Divine Life, You are the pulse of all that is.
So in faith and expectation, in wonder and celebration we gather to remember this mystery:
In you all things live and move and have being, In all things, you live and move and express your love.
As the shadows grow longer and the evening Sun sinks beneath the horizon, we give you thanks and praise for all the many blessings of this day. As we look toward the night, we remember that night is for stillness. And so we are still in your presence.
Awareness – Based on the Ignatian Daily Examen.
- Rest with God. Be still and aware of God’s presence within and all around.
- Give thanks. The day coming to an end is a gift from God. How might we show gratitude for it?
- Review the day. Where have you glimpsed or particularly needed God’s presence this day?
- Face our shortcomings.What areas of our lives might we invite God to inform, reform or transform?
- Look toward the coming day. Where do we need God’s touch in the night/day to come?
Praise and Confession
O God who gives birth to all that we see, all that we know, all that we dream, and all that is unseen,
unknown and unimagined, we celebrate your life that holds and nurtures the universe.
We celebrate your love which joins creation as one and unites all things with you.
We give thanks for your life which is incarnated in Christ
and which is revealed in every created being.
Yet even as we receive again your vision of life,
we recognise that we have been blind to its universal heartbeat.
Even as we remember the connectedness of all things,
we acknowledge that we have divided and separated ourselves, and forgotten our part in your creation;
Even as we are energised by your breath within us,
we confess our destructiveness, and repent of the harm we have done to ourselves and our world.
We are sorry and seek your forgiveness. As we bathe in your grace, help us to hear these words of Jesus:
‘Your sins are forgiven. Go in peace. Follow me.’
I wonder what was your favourite part of that passage/story?
I wonder which part surprised or puzzled you?
I wonder what it tells us about God?
I wonder how it helps us to live?
Prayers of intercession
God of all times and seasons, it will soon be night. What has been done has been done.
What has not been done has not been done; we let it be.
The night is dark. May our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives rest in you.
The night is quiet. May the quietness of your peace enfold us, all dear to us, and all who have no peace.
The night can be long.
We hold in your light those we know who are in particular need of your love, healing, grace…
The night heralds the dawn. May we look expectantly to a new day, new joys, new possibilities.
Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God, Amen.
Jesus gathered around tables just like ours. When he poured wine and bread was broken; when everyone could eat – the outcast and the beloved; the arrogant and the gracious; the wrong-doer and the wrongly done by – the table became a foretaste of love made real and a hurting world made whole. Tonight, we welcome Christ around our home tables.
So if you have burdens you need to lay down, welcome to the table. If you need to hear words of forgiveness, welcome to the table. If you need the strength to forgive, to believe, to grieve, to love, or simply to carry on, welcome to the table where Christ is guest and host. Let us pray…
Living God, for the food before us, for the community around us and the love within us, we give you thanks.
This evening, we gather with you around our tables, mindful of how you laid your life down, so that we and creation could be born anew.
Mindful of how you took your life up again, so that we and creation could be filled with the life abundant.
Mindful that we cannot earn or purchase this privilege, but that it is your grace which beckons and blesses us. May your Spirit move in these fruits of the earth, so that they may become for us a sharing in Christ’s body and blood.
May your Spirit move in us, so that we may be transformed into Christ’s body, embodying his life, his care, his hope for all creation. Amen.
At that last supper with his friends, Jesus took the leftover bread, broke it and shared it with his disciples saying, “Take and eat, this is my body broken for you. Do this and remember me.” (Break the bread)
We remember how, after the meal, He took the cup of wine, gave thanks for it and then passed it around with these words: “This is my blood shed for you. Drink this and remember Me”. And now, every time we eat bread like this, and every time we drink wine like this, we remember Jesus, and His everlasting love. (Share the bread and wine followed by a time of quiet)
Living God, you have met us here and we are grateful.
You walk with us as we go from here and we are blessed.
You call us into your abundant life and we are privileged. Amen.
We leave this time together to go and live out the good news of the kingdom,
doing so in the confidence that comes from knowing that
Christ’s limitless grace, God’s extravagant love, and the Spirit’s relentless companionship,
always encompass us, and are always within us. Amen.