Here is a communion liturgy I wrote for our ecumenical Ash Wednesday service this year. Please feel free to use it and note that you saw it on michelletorigian.com.
Blessings to all as we look towards this new liturgical season.
One: Come, as we embark on the dawn of this new season.
Come, as we reflect upon the dusk of our lives.
Come, as we set aside our distractions and the concerns of our minds
Come, as we focus on the heart of the matter.
One: God of light and dust be with you,
All: And also with you.
One: Open wide our hearts:
All: We open them up to our God.
One: Let us give thanks to God our creator.
All: Even in the midst of the wilderness, we give God our praise.
Prayer of Communion
One: Tonight we come together to recall the magnificent common memories we have of our Christ. We remember his servant leadership and the unconditional love he had for humankind.
Here and now, we give thanks for the steadfast love of God that we see reflected in Jesus the Christ. We are grateful for one another and for all the saints who have come to the table throughout history and to those who will gather here after we have returned to dust. With appreciation, we give thanks to the hands who have harvested the grapes and grains before us. In a spirit of active thanksgiving, we commit ourselves as servants to God’s children, finding new ways of bringing justice, righteousness and love to the shadows on this earth.
May the Spirit come upon these elements. May the Spirit fill our hearts with love, kindness and acceptance. May the Spirit continue to aid us in our work in the world and as we cross boundaries of denominations and faith differences. May the Spirit empower us as we walk through these 40 days in the wilderness, as we face the sadness of the crucifixion and as we wait for the Christ’s resurrection.
As Jesus continued on his journey, he could see that his time was drawing nearer. Our Christ knew that his love and leadership would take him to the cross. And as the final night was upon him, he drew close to his friends. To embrace the love he had with them, he shared one last table.
Jesus embraced the bread in his weathered hands, broke it, gave it to his friends asking them to remember him.
Jesus clasped the cup containing the fruit of the vine, gave thanks one last time and asked them to remember him.
In remembering him, we speak the words together in prayer, using the words closest to your hearts saying… Our Father, who art in heaven…
(As we pray the Lord’s Prayer in unity, please use the word closest to your hearts, whether it is sins, trespasses or debts.)
The bread of life. The cup of the new covenant. Both given to us. Both we partake in together as we remember our servant-leader Jesus the Christ.
Distribution of the Elements
Unison Prayer of Thanksgiving
All: Even as we come to the table tonight remembering our frailty with the dust on our heads, we also give God our thanks for this meal. We give our gratitude that we have come together as one Body of Christ. In these next 40 days and as we walk the road to the crucifixion, continue to keep us awake to the ways we can bring Jesus the Christ’s servant-leadership to our world. Amen.