T r a n s i t i o n and J o u r n e y
L: To gain life, we must lose life. We have sought the wilderness.
+ The Scattered With Us
L: In this time of community transition, others near and far have journeyed with us.
(Reading from Celeste’s Feb. 15 Lenten Book entry)
+ Processional: “Sanna Sannanina”
San-na, san-nan-ni-na, San-na, san-na, san-na
God, so many have journeyed during this season. We offer prayers for next steps.
For the residents of 3145 Mount Pleasant Street. Theirs is an unexpected wilderness without an end in sight.
For restaurant hearings and a reopening in Mount Pleasant,
For the shopping center that has arrived in Columbia Heights,
For cities in turmoil, as well as those in blossom,
For our nation’s journey in an election year,
God, so much activity within also affects our journeys. We pray for support and guidance.
For spirits broken, faith shaken, and dreams postponed at 3145 Mount Pleasant Street,
For the tensions in our souls, and the conflicts between members of this Community,
For the brokenness of spirit, mind, and body,
For action in the face of not knowing,
For transitions in life — schedules,
control, moving, jobs, chair storage, death — and the emotions they
prompt and decisions they require,
We bring these and other prayers before you, Lord.
+ Hymn (Psalm 118): “O Give Thanks Unto the Lord” (handout)
+ Song of the Day: “Leaves Don’t Drop, They Just Let Go” (Carrie Newcomer)
+ Prayers of the Community
(A time of silent and spoken prayer; each pray-er place palm branch on altar)
All our prayers, spoken and unspoken, seen and unseen, we offer to God. Be with us as we seek the right pathways.
+ Greeting of Peace
As we contemplate the path from point A to point B, greet each other in God’s peace.
+ Offertory Hymn: “Will You Let Me Be Your Servant” (handout)
+ Offertory Prayer
Bless this bread, this wine, and our offerings.
Christ now invites to his table
+ Breaking of Bread
Blessed are you, O God, Creator of all life and the source of all compassion.
We thank you that in your great love you
sent Jesus to live, journey, and learn among us, to reveal your
presence, to call us to repentance,
Pour out your Holy Spirit, that we may know the unity we share with our brothers and sisters of 3145 Mount Pleasant Street, while also living as a sign of hope for them.
Join our prayers with those everywhere; with
those worshipping right now across this city; and with the fire victims
entering new places and spaces. We say your praise:
Jesus cherished his time at the table with his disciples. They were his most intimate community; his friends; his students asking: why a donkey? why both of us? He said to them: “I have wanted so much to eat this Passover meal with you before I suffer.” Then he took bread, gave thanks to God, broke it, and gave it to them, saying: “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.”
He gave them the cup of wine after supper,
saying: “Take this and drink from it, this cup is God’s new covenant
sealed with my blood shed for you and all people. Whenever you drink
it, do so in memory of me.”
Let us pray as our Lord has taught us.
As we break bread we come together in the
healing body of Christ. This community stands together on legs that are
strong and shaking, refreshed and weak.
May our eyes and hands be opened to the
needs of family, friends, and strangers, especially those not in our
Daybooks or Palm Pilots – or even on the same road.
The gifts of God for the people of God.
+ Communion Song: “Take, Oh, Take Me As I Am”
Take, oh, take me as I am
In this Eucharist, we affirm our belief
In this Eucharist, we hear the call:
In this Eucharist, we receive the promise:
+ Closing Hymn: “Lord of the Dance” (handout)
We need not fear return from the wilderness. Or turmoil. Or transition. Or death.
The Community of Christ, Palm Sunday 2008