Liturgy

A 21st Century Africana Liturgy for World Communion Sunday

Meditation
Could it be that the question of Communion is closely tied to another question, "Who is my neighbor?"

Who is my neighbor? For whom am I willing to go out on a limb, to suffer, or even to die? With whom will I dare to laugh, to listen for God, or to learn to love? Are you my neighbor? Would you loan me a loaf of bread at midnight? Would you dig through the rubble of a 9/11, a tsunami, or a Katrina to look for me? Would you wade through waist-high grass looking for my lost child? Some did, but would you? We live in times when we could all use a good neighbor.

 

 

Prayer
Jesus prayed that we might be one.
One in spirit
One in mission
In union and Communion with one another and with you.

Today, God, we confess fumblings and failures in accomplishing unity, as we set aside yet another day to remind ourselves of the task. On this World Communion Sunday, give us eyes to recognize your reflection in the eyes of Christians everywhere. Give us a mind to accept and celebrate our differences. Give us a heart big enough to love your children everywhere. We thank you for setting a table with space enough for us all! Amen.

Litany: How Good and Pleasant Is Unity!
How good and pleasant it is for Christians to live together in unity!
Open the doors and shout greetings to the church across the street (substitute the location of your nearest church neighbors)
How good and pleasant it is for Christians to live together in unity!

Carry greetings across the railroad tracks to those we never meet.
How good and pleasant it is for Christians to live together in unity!

Send messages and e-mails to good Christian friends in Africa and Asia, South America, and Europe!
How good and pleasant it is for Christians to live together in unity!

Extend your hand of fellowship to both the shelters and the mansions, to the projects and the gated communities.
How good and pleasant it is for Christians to live together in unity!

Remember that we are one HUGE family!!!
How good and pleasant it is for Christians to live together in unity!

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