Communion for Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

Liturgy for use in Communion during this season when so many are staying at home due to COVID 19.

Gifts in Open Hands

This is a service for those who want to share Communion in an online community during a time of quarantine // lockdown // shelter in place. I am sure that a number of denominations are creating resources for this occasion and I would like to add to the choices. This liturgy includes the theological premise that lay sharing in the preparation and words of consecration over a table blesses the elements received fully and completely. In other words, there is no need for a clergy person to handle them. This may be uncomfortable for some.

This is a simple service which begins with an announcement on Sunday, March 29 (or during the week prior to April 5) and continues with words of liturgy, to which you can add language, music, gestures and practices. (For example, some churches pour the drink for the shared cup and some do not, some bring…

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Prayer in Response to COVID 19

Good and Gracious God, God who parted the Red Sea and stilled the storm, God who created the heavens and the earth, God our Maker and Redeemer, we need You.

We need Your voice to calm us in the dead of night when our anxieties keep us from rest. We need You in the light of day to discern what is needed and helpful among all the messages we receive daily. We need You to speak in the hearts of those in authority to release resources, speak truth, and do what is right and just. We need You to cover those working so hard to care for the sick and meet the essential needs of our communities.

God our Comforter, keep us in the midst of the chaos and hold us in times of isolation. Help us to put our trust in You, our Fortress and Rock, and to lean not to our own understanding.

You are a Mighty God, and we know that You have seen us through before, and we wait in expectation to work all things together for our good. Grant us the peace that surpasses understanding, and heal our affliction. Work, O God, in the miraculous that Your beloved children may be saved. And know that we will give you all the praise, honor, and glory due Your Glorious Name.

In Jesus we pray, amen.