In Praise of Green – an Ordinary Time Liturgy

Enjoy this stretch of green!  Here is a liturgy you can add to beef up your resources.  As always, feel free to adapt and change these prayers to suite your community.  If you use them in corporate worship settings please give a girl credit and include the address of this blog (©Jessica Gazzola, storiesandseason.wordpress.com) in your program, bulletin or liturgical text.  I would also love feedback.  Leave me a comment below or on Facebook

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In Praise of Green – A Eucharistic Prayer for Ordinary Time
text written by the Rev. Jessica Gazzola

Presider: Blessed are you, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this bread to offer, which earth has given and human hands have made.  It will become for us the bread of life.

ALL:  Blessed be God forever.

P/: Blessed are you, God of all creation.  Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands. It will become our spiritual drink.
ALL:  Blessed be God forever.

P/: Blessed are you, God of all creation.  Through your goodness we have these gifts of time, talent, and treasure to offer, gratefully given and the work of our human hands.  They will become your presence in the world.

ALL:  Blessed be God forever.

 

P/:   Let us pray… God of all creation,
may these gifts, offered and shared,
be like seeds scattered
that produce a harvest one hundred fold
for the sake of the world.
We pray this through the One who offered himself
as food to a starving world, Christ Jesus.

ALL:   Amen.

 

P:   My friends, the God of Love is always with you.     

A:        And also with you.

P:   Let us lift up our hearts.

A:        We lift them up to our God.
P:   Let us give thanks to the One who loves and sustains us.

A:   It is right to give God thanks and praise.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

It is indeed right and good to thank you, Fruitful God.

Out of darkness light is born;
out the depths spring life.
You gifted humanity with a garden planet,
surging with greens and blues.
Yet we sometime find ourselves surrounded by desert,
feeling barren and lost.
So you send us prophets and poets and seers
to point to the Source of life
surging just below the surface.

And so, from the greening desert,
we praise you with all of creation –
air, water, earth, fire –
singing of your greatness:

Sanctus: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. …

Living God,
You long for humanity fully alive,
so You gave us Christ Jesus
who reveals vibrant souls thought dead by the world
and blooming colors of community
where walls once blocked our view.
As tears wash the dust from our eyes
we see the power of hope in the dying seed
and the tenacity of spirit in vine and branches.

And so we gather around this table offering ourselves as living Sacraments.

Epiclesis

Hands are outstretched over the gifts

And we ask that You send your life-giving Spirit upon these gifts.
In the bread which we eat
and in the wine which we drink,
may She make us one with your Son, Jesus Christ,
in + body and blood given for the life of the world.

Institution Narrative

On the night before he died,

The priest takes the bread and raising it a little above the altar, continues

Jesus took bread, gave you thanks, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, saying,
Take, eat: this is my body which is given for you. The priest genuflects

In the same way after supper he took the cup,

The priest takes the cup of wine and, raising it a little above the altar, continues.

again gave you thanks, gave the cup to his disciples, saying,

Take and drink this, all of you, this is the cup of the new and everlasting covenant, my blood which is poured out for you and for all. Do this in memory of me. The priests genuflects

Memorial Acclamation

Compassionate Parent,
we celebrate the memory of your Son, our brother.
People put him to death
but You would not let him wither away.
Christ is alive
and pushes through the frosty ground to newness
in every generation.

Deacon / presider:

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith.

All:

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

 Presider:
Christ, our resurrection and hope,
appears to us in sidewalk cracks and broken hearts,
in gardens planted by aged hands and harvested by children.
Wherever flower and thorn,
courage and vulnerability,
life and death
grow inexplicably side by side
there Christ will be…

Until the day when all divisions are washed away,
and together we will rise in dignity
and turn our heads to the Sun
to become one in the light of God,
forever and ever.

Doxology

The priest takes the takes the cup of wine and bread lifting them up says:

(All:)

Through Christ, with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, almighty God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace (or following intercessions before EP)

Lamb of God

Presider:

This is the bread of life and the cup of salvation.

All:

We, though many, are one body for we all share in the one bread and in the one cup.

Communion

Prayer after Communion

Presider:

Harvest of Plenty,
From seeds buried in dark earth,
to tiny shoots of green
bearing unimaginable abundance –
we thank you for nourishing us with food for our souls.
Help us to trust your life as it unfolds around us.
Awaken us to the small miracles
that bear so much fruit for those with eyes to see.
With hearts full of gratitude, we pray through Christ Jesus.

All: Amen.

 

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