Fall Communion Liturgy at the Abbey

abundance

The Invocation
With the lighting of the candles the host invokes:
“Eternal Father and Mother, Spirit, Word.”

The Grace
Sung together as you are comfortable with the content and/or as you learn the tune.

I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the star lit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at eve’n,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
Her hand to guide, Her shield to ward;
The word of God to give me speech,
Her heavenly host to be my guard.
Amen

The Ritual
Read by the host.

During this harvest season, we gather together to be grateful. When we are wanting, when we have enough, we try, when we are able to be grateful. We express our needs, we ask for help, we share what we have. We ask to see the abundance that is ever and always a part of God’s reality, and to try and find that sense of abundance in our every day—regardless of the size of our bank balances, the length of our ‘friend’ list, or the number of shoes in our closets.

During this season of harvest we place on our table symbols of abundance — bread and wine. We see these staples and we are reminded to live with grateful hearts. We see these things and we think, “Tonight, everyone can join in, everyone can have enough.”

For some of us all the bits of grain in this loaf and all the grapes crushed into this cup remind us that we are all part of one great family–birthed of one mother, co-existing in a common community. We look at these simple earthy foods and we remember that we belong together.

For some of us these simple foods remind us of Jesus – they help us remember that he spent much of his time around the table, sharing bread and wine and conversation. He seemed to think this was important, and we think it is important too.

Regardless of who or what is a part of your story, we all have good reason to be grateful for something tonight, and we express gratitude for love and goodness in all her forms.

The Blessing
Read together, by anyone who wishes to join in.

Blessed are you Oh Lord our God,
Ruler of the Universe,
Who has given us:
The grain of the earth,
The fruit of the vine,
The blood of your vein,
The pulse of your heart.

Amen

The Passing
We pass the bread, breaking off a piece of the loaf, and the cup, dipping the bread in the wine. As we offer the bread and wine to our neighbor our phrase in passing is
“God loves us.” If you do not wish to participate, simply pass the elements along to the next person.

We allow our meal time to flow out of this ritual of bread and wine. Please feel free to serve your self, or to begin quiet conversation after you’ve received or passed on the bread and the wine.

The Offering
If anyone is able to make a donation to support our time together, there is a
community funds bowl on the table.

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