Monday, January 27, 2014

Eucharistic Prayer: Kairos and Creation, Composed On January 26th, 2014

Our service begins on page 355 of The Book of Common Prayer and continues through page 360.  The Passing of the Peace will be followed by the following Eucharistic prayer:

The Holy Communion
The Lord be with you.
People        And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
People        We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People        It is right to give God thanks and praise.

It is right now and it was right then in that time before time, before existence existed.   In that time, there was a formless void, it was nothing yet everything all together.  Out of that everything, nothing place, a voice stirred drawing everything into existence.  Sun, moon, earth, sky--the great and small places and the great and small creatures.  A creation perfect in vision, beautiful in execution.  Yet empty, without the action of those made in the image of the voice, the word made flesh rolled from the dirt and created and stretched into being. 

And it was then that our story began, the story of who we are.

Containing betrayal, containing blood, containing vengeance.  Love and promises, exile and an entrance into a land of promise.  Offerings made and blessings taken, our story of matriarchs and patriarchs, of daughters and sons.  Broken people, breaking people.  And into that desecration and that creation, God spoke and the Spirit flew and in arms stretched upon the cross, all was forgiven and love was perfected.

In Jesus the Christ.   

Celebrant and People
The Jesus who perfected love, the Christ whose anointing by water would stand against the taste of bitter wine.  

Born of Mary, born of the spirit, Son of Man and Son of God, an offering and our salvation.  

And in the echoes of salvation, we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and
Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever
sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Celebrant and People
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
    Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
    Hosanna in the highest.

We give thanks to you O God, for in the midst of blood, and vengeance you were word and the very voice and ground of all being.  From formless void to the twelve children to the twelve tribes numbering as the stars.  In your light a tree grew and the graft took.    

And, the root of Jesse flourished.  Jesus in the center breaking open the circle and drawing together the whole.

And to his disciples he spoke, and to his disciples he gave

Bread held aloft, “take eat”, he said
This bread made from gleanings, this simple sustenance, “this, is my body, broken for you”, a taking from my offering, that which is broken will be made whole.  “Do this for the remembrance of me”

Then raising the cup.  Thanks given and more,  "Drink this, all of you:
This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you
and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink
it, do this for the remembrance of me."

All of you.  All. The I becomes We.  Seeking dignity and justice.  The unknown hour of new creation.  Our offering, as his, his sacrifice as ours. 

Therefore, according to his command, O God,

Celebrant and People
We remember his death,
We proclaim his resurrection,
We await his coming in glory;
From your creation, we present to you O God, these gifts of bread and wine.  

send your Holy Spirit upon
these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of
Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. 

Celebrant and People

In that sending, may we be made whole and in that sanctification may we know your will.

And in such knowing may creation be made new, and in such learnings may we gather together as one. United by sacrifice, made holy by your Spirit.   

As we await the hour, unknown and yet known we are held within the unity of the Holy Spirit.  In this moment and in this time, we proclaim honor and glory to you O God, lover of our souls.  
And we proclaim.  

Celebrant and People
The body stands, the body arisen.  Jesus be known.  

By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy
Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty God, now and
for ever. AMEN. 

As our Saviour Christ has taught us, we now pray,

Our Father...

The service continues on page 364 of The Book of Common Prayer