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Message from Pastor Conrad Kanagy
A Liturgy for our “At Home” Communion*
Pastor Conrad Kanagy
I adapted the following liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer, a book of prayer used by some parts of the Church for several centuries. In times such as these, drawing from the prayers of those who have gone on before us and structuring our prayers when everything else is so unstructured, both reminds us that God has been faithful in the past and gives comfort. As you share communion today—with others or alone—I encourage you to listen to the worship songs that Barb Keener has posted, prepare some bread and juice before the service begins at 10:00 a.m., and prepare your heart to hear God’s Word and to meet Jesus at the Communion Table, the One who eagerly awaits your coming to His table of salvation! What a privilege we have to partake together and with Him even though we are so dispersed this morning.
Together: Almighty God, we pray for you to graciously behold we your people of Elizabethtown Mennonite Church as well as others who join us this morning, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and was given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross, who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Children: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Conrad: Dearest people of God: Our heavenly Father sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved; that all who believe in him might be delivered from the power of sin and death, and become heirs with him of everlasting life. Therefore this morning we pray especially in this time for:
Together: Physicians, nurses and all medical staff feeling the stress and strain of caring for the sick; for those suffering from the Covid-19 virus and for those families and friends who care for them; for those suffering grief from the death of those they love to whom they could not say goodbye; for those who are alone and isolated and experiencing anxiety and depression; for we the church, who are scattered this morning throughout our community; for those who have lost their jobs and wondering how to pay bills, buy food, pay medical expenses; for our government leaders who must make difficult decisions in this time; for our children who miss their friends and school; for all of us who live with the knowledge that what we thought was real and solid and predictable just four weeks ago, will never return to the way it was, and who live with the uncertainty of what the new normal will be.
Together: Gracious God, the comfort of all who sorrow, the strength of all who suffer: let the cry of those in misery and need come to you, that they may find your mercy present within them in all their afflictions; and give us, we pray, the strength to serve them for the sake of him who suffered for us, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Together: Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen.
Conrad: Alleluia. Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep the feast, Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.
Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So also consider yourselves dead to sin, and alive to God in Jesus Christ or Lord. Alleluia.
Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.
Now take the bread and break it with one another, saying to each other: “The body of Christ, broken for you.”
Now take the cup and share it together, saying to each other: “The blood of Christ, poured out for you.”
Pause to remember and to thank Christ for becoming sin for us even as he forgave our sin and the sin of the world once and forever.
Let us pray together.
On Sunday, April 5, we will again livestream our service at 10:00 a.m. on Facebook and through zoom (the link for zoom is attached), followed by the Adult Bible Study at 11:00 a.m. on zoom (link attached) continuing our study of Dueteronomy (Chapter 32). Our service will include communion at the 10 a.m. service. I had the idea that some of you may wish to bake your own unleavened communion bread as a way to reinforce the fact that we are one body together in Christ--I am attaching a link for a recipe below. A liturgical reading and a study guide for the Bible Study will be coming later this weekend. Jesus told his disciples that he longed to take Communion with them--and He is saying that to all of us as we approach Sunday! More information to come!
Conrad Kanagy is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Time: Apr 5, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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