Friday, August 20, 2010

Sabbath Eucharist Liturgy

Sabbath Invitation

One: Everyone is welcomed and invited to celebrate the first holy Sabbath on this holy Sabbath.

All: It was evening and it was morning. The sixth day. The heavens and the earth were formed with all of their beauty. On the seventh day, God had completed forming the earth, so God rested from all the work that God had been doing. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it, God took a break from all the creative work that had been done throughout earth, which God had brought into being to fulfill its sacred purpose.

Sabbath Prayer

One: Blessed are You God, Source of the Universe, who made us holy with Your wisdom and love, and gave us Your holy Sabbath, in love and kindness, to be our practice, as a reminder of the Creation. It is the holiest of holidays, marking the Exodus from Egypt. For out of all the peoples on earth, You chose us, led us to freedom, and made us holy. Plus, You gave us Your holy Sabbath, in wisdom and love, as Your gift to us. Blessed are You, God, who sanctifies the Sabbath.

All: Holy One, as Your children, we are invited to honor the Sabbath, observing Sabbath throughout the generations, as an everlasting covenant. It is a sign between You and Your children forever, that in six days You made the heavens and the earth, and that on the seventh day You stopped and rested.

One: Holy One, help us to remember the Sabbath and to keep it holy. Remind us that we should labor for six days and do all our work, but the seventh day is Sabbath for You, our God. Remind us not to do any creative work -- not us, our families, our friends, our co- workers, our animals, nor the neighbors and strangers who live near us. Because it was in six days that You, Holy One, formed the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that they contain, and then rested on the seventh day.

All: You blessed the Sabbath and made it holy, and then gave it to us, in love, so that we may rest and take delight in it. Help us to honor your holy Sabbath on this day and every Sabbath.

Sabbath Blessings

One: Blessed are You, God, Source of the Universe, as we gather on Your Sabbath to bless other reminders of your love for us.

All: Blessed are You, God, who provides bread, manna, and other foods for us so that we may have strength on our journeys through life. While we eat this bread, remind us how bread symbolizes our life as Your people. As many grains are gathered into one bread, may we, in all our differences, come together as children of Your one cosmic family.

One: Blessed are You God, Source of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the earth. We celebrate the bread of life that You provide. Amen.

All: Blessed are You, God, who provides wine to gladden our hearts and sweeten our bitterness. While we drink this wine, remind us how wine symbolizes our life as Your people. As grapes are chosen and then fermented into wine, so are we chosen by You and then transformed into vessels of joy.

One: Blessed are You, God, Source of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine. We celebrate the cup of joy that You provide. Amen.

All: Blessed are You, God, as we gather at Your Table, on Your Sabbath, to enjoy Your bread of life and cup of joy. May this meal be blessed because it comes from You, the Blessed One. Amen.

Sabbath Meal

One: As Jesus gathered with others to celebrate the Sabbath, we now gather together to celebrate the Sabbath.

All: As Jesus shared bread and wine with others, we now share bread and wine with one another.

One: As Jesus welcomed everyone at his table, we welcome everyone around this table.

All: Let’s share God’s gifts together. Amen.

(All are welcome to come forward to eat the bread and drink the wine.)

Sabbath Thanksgiving

One: Blessed are You, God, giver of the gifts that we have just shared. May Your Sabbath give us rest. May Your bread give us strength. And may Your wine give us joy. For all these gifts, we thank You, Holy God.

All: Blessed are You, God, for continuing to bless us with these gifts, as you have done with Your people throughout the generations. Thanks be to You. Amen.

(This Eucharist liturgy is based on Genesis 1, Didache 9, the Gospels, and the Kiddush.)

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