During this week’s online and in-person worship services we will be celebrating communion.
If you are planning on worshipping in-person, the communion liturgy will be included as a part of the worship service and will be towards the end of the service. Prepackaged communion elements will be distributed at the conclusion of the worship service as you leave the sanctuary. Weather permitting, for those who choose to do so, we will be receiving communion together in the west parking lot. Or, if you would prefer, you are welcome to take the prepackaged communion elements home and receive them at home.
If you are planning on worshipping online, you can still pick up prepared communion elements, from the church office this Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. If you don’t live in the Des Moines metro area but are worshipping with us online, or if you are unable to stop by the church office, you are welcome to prepare ahead of time by having available some juice, wine or water and some bread or crackers when you watch the service.
If you aren’t able to worship either online or in-person this week, you may use the liturgy below, either with prepared communion elements from the church or with your own bread/crackers and juice/wine/water, as a way of participating in this act of worship as part of the Aldersgate community.
Whether worshipping online, in-person or utilizing the liturgy below may you be encouraged, comforted and challenged with the knowledge that we are all part of the Aldersgate Community and brought together in this shared meal.
Labor Day Weekend
Invitation to the Table
Read, pray, or say aloud: Christ invites to this table, and to all the tables around which we gather, all those who seek to learn to love him, all who seek to live a new life, and all who seek to live in peace with each other. I remember this good news: God loves me and desires for me to live the life to which I am called. I am forgiven from all that holds me back and I am freed towards what calls me forward.
Passing of the Peace
Read, pray, or say aloud: As I am called by God, I both offer to and receive from others God’s peace in my life. As you think about someone you want to offer peace to and someone you would like to receive peace from. Read, pray, or say aloud: May the Peace of Christ be with us.
Preparing the Table
Reflect on the elements you have before you.
A Great Thanksgiving
Read, pray, or say aloud: God is with me and so I lift up my heart and give God my thanks and praise.
Almighty God, it is good and fruitful work to give thanks to you in all places and at all times and in all our tasks. In our cars, our homes, our offices, our fields, and our kitchens; at our tables, our desks, our telephones, and computers; when we are resting or waiting, laboring or supervising, following or leading.
All these, we do with all your people now on earth and all the multitude of heaven, praising your name and joining in their unending hymn:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Holy are you and holy is your work among us in Jesus Christ, who was born into the home of a carpenter, a trade he learned and practiced, a laborer in our midst.
Jesus called out fishermen and activists. He healed the servant of a soldier. He received the support of resourceful women. He delegated his ministry to his disciples and empowered all his followers to do his divine work in this world.
By his suffering, death, and resurrection, you gave birth to your church, You delivered us from the bondage of sin and the power of death and You made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.
Acknowledge the bread or crackers you have before you. Read, pray, or say aloud: On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
When the supper was over he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Drink from this, all of you; this is the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
And so, as a baptized and commissioned people, remembering your mighty work in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves, our daily lives, and our unique locations for ministry in the world – homes and hospitals, parks and stores, prisons and concert halls – as a living and holy sacrifice in union with Christ’s offering for us as we proclaim the mystery of our faith.
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
Pour out your Holy Spirit on me, and on the gifts of bread and the cup. Make them be Christ for me so that I may be Christ for the world. By your Spirit make all of us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until we feast together at the heavenly banquet. Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever. Amen
Giving and Receiving the Bread and Cup
Receive the bread or crackers and the juice or wine.
Read, pray, or say aloud: Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. The bread which we break is a sharing in the life and work of Christ. The cup over which we give thanks is a sharing in the New Covenant.
Read, pray, say, or sing the words from the hymn “Have Thine Own Way, Lord”:
Have Thine own way Lord,
Have Thine own way
Hold over my being absolute sway
Filled with Thy spirit till all can see
Christ only always living in me.
(The United Methodist Hymnal, #382, The United Methodist Publishing House, 1989)