Called in Grace and Gifted in Love

A Service of Holy Communion for a Celebration of Gay Pride Sunday

Song
   
Come to the Table of Grace
Sing! Prayer and Praise, No. 112
or
Come, Gather in This Special Place
The New Century Hymnal, No. 335

Greeting

God is with us.
Here in this place;
at this time of sacred refreshment and renewal.
Called in grace and gifted in love.

Prayer

God, you know us better than we know ourselves.
You know our thoughts,
our weaknesses,
our motivations,
our sins.
And you love us still.

Forgive us when we don't believe such love is true or possible;
When we wonder how you could love us just as we are,
when we forget our intricate construction,
fearfully,
wonderfully made,
in your image!

Remove from our minds every thought which keeps us from you.
Break down the walls,
push aside our self-centered ways
and help us to trust anew.

You know our hearts.
And you love us still.
Amen.

Invitation and Institution

Called in grace and gifted in love,
Jesus gathered with his friends and shared a meal;
the setting simple, the meaning profound.
Bread of life,
cup of blessing.
"This is my body.
This is my blood.
Do this in remembrance of me."
(The bread is broken; the wine/juice is poured.)

This table is God's offer of grace
and an invitation to community
where forgiveness is found and
we are called to be the body of Christ.

In that body, we find
all shapes, sizes, and abilities,
the young and the old,
all colors and shades,
and the created diversity of loving relationships.

Together, we are affirmed in our shared mission,
and empowered for discipleship.

No one goes hungry.
This table welcomes everyone!

Come, share the feast!

(The bread and wine/juice are shared.)

Prayer of Thanksgiving (Unison)

We give thanks to you, God,
for this meal.
Simple.
Elegant.
Refreshing.
Re-creating.
May we hear the call:
Love one another
as you have loved us.
One body, many members,
the body of Christ.

Amen.

Called in Grace and Gifted in Love: A Service of Holy Communion was written by the Reverend Scott A. Ressman, Minister for Worship, Music and Liturgical Arts, Worship and Education Ministry Team of Local Church Ministries, a Covenanted Ministry of the United Church of Christ.

Copyright 2010 Local Church Ministries, Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH  44115-1100.  Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education.  All publishing rights reserved. 

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