Posted by: dacalu | 28 September 2017

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Back in 2008, I put together a 5 to 10-minute Eucharistic liturgy to use in a flash-mob.  I do not, in general, advocate abbreviating worship this way, but it was a great exercise and helped me think about what is important as a participant – and as a celebrant. A friend recently asked for it, so I thought I’d share it here.

It went well as a flash-mob and as a Eucharist; those of us who participated felt drawn closer to God and one another.  It may not have worked as well without drawing on many hours of community backing it up…but surely that is true of all Eucharists.

The service was designed with placards to be read by the congregation, so they’d know what was going on and what to say.  [The placards appear in brackets.]

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Priest: Welcome, God is with you.

Many: And you.          [And you]

(Reading: Mark 12:28-31)         [WORD]

Reader: One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, ‘Which commandment is the first of all?’ Jesus answered, ‘The first is, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” The second is this, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’

Stop…Breath…Love…Serve.          [REVERB (Sermon)]

Prayer leader: Let us pray.          [PRAYER]

For the World…(10s)

For the People…(10s)

For the Church…(10s)

For life, for death, for joy, for sorrow…(10s)

For peace, for purpose…(10s)          

For the world to come…(10s)

We confess…(10s)     

We have wandered.          [We have wandered]

Bring us home.          [Bring us home]

Grace, peace, and purpose be upon you.

Greet your neighbors with a sign of peace. (60s)

(Set wine and bread on the table)

         [COMMUNION]

Let us pray

Lift up your hearts, give thanks to God, and sing.

Hosanna          [Hosanna]

Louder!

Hosanna          [Hosanna]

Thanks for making us.

Thanks for taking us.

Thanks for showing us the way.

Really.

Especially for Jesus, who said,

“Take, eat. This is my body given for you.” and

“Take, drink. This is my blood of the new covenant, shed for you.

And for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

Spirit,

Bless it,

Bless us,

And all creation.

As it was,          [As it was]

as it is,          [as it is]

as it will be          [as it will be]

By human God,

through abundant God,

to the glory of almighty God,

Amen!          [AMEN]

         [Our Father]

Our Father…

We believe these to be the body and blood of Christ

And so should not be taken lightly.

That said, all who feel called are welcome to receive

The gifts of God for the people of God.

(Presider holds up a roll and a box of wine)

(Presider and others distribute the wine boxes)

 

Let us pray.

Thank you, God,

for being with us.

Seize the day; Serve the Lord.

Alleluia!

Alleluia!          [Alleluia!]

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