Election Day Communion Liturgy

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Election Day Communion

Journey Church of the Nazarene

 

 

Prayer for the nation

From The Book of Common Prayer

Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in

freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of

forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus

Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Prayer for the unity of the Church

From The Book of Common Prayer

Almighty Father, whose blessed Son before his passion prayed for his disciples that they might be

one, as you and he are one: Grant that your Church, being bound together in love and obedience

to you, may be united in one body by the one Spirit, that the world may believe in him whom you

have sent, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy

Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Prayer for the election
By Joanna Harader
God of justice and compassion,
God of Republicans and Democrats and Independents,
God of the poor and the 1% and the middle class,
in the heat of this election year
we pray for our nation, our churches, and ourselves.
In the midst of meanness and deception,
may our words be kind and true.


In the midst of loud speeches and harsh accusations,
may we listen well and try to understand.
May those who follow Jesus do the work of Jesus–
breaking down the dividing walls
speaking the truth in love
meeting together in the face of disagreements.
Holy, loving God, have mercy on your children.
Amen.

 

Prayer of confession
Based on Isaiah 2:4-5, adapted from a prayer by Idlewild Presbyterian Church (Memphis, TN)
Eternal God, before you nations rise and fall. Help us to repent of our country’s wrong,
and to choose your way of reunion and renewal.
Great God, renew this nation.

Give us a glimpse of the kingdom you are bringing to earth,
where death and violence and hunger will be no more,
and where all nations gather in the light of your presence.
Great God, renew this nation.

Teach us peace,
that we may plow up battlefields
and pound weapons into building tools,
and learn to talk across old boundaries
as brothers and sisters in your love.
Great God, renew this nation.


Talk sense to us,
so that we may wisely end all prejudices,
and may put a stop to injustice and cruelty,
which divides or wounds the human family.
Great God, renew this nation.


Draw us together as one people who do your will,
so that we may be a light to our nation,
leading the way to your promised kingdom,
which is even now coming among us.
Great God, renew this nation.


Great God, eternal Lord,
show us there is no law or liberty apart from you;
and let us serve you whole-heartedly, as your devoted followers,
through Christ our Lord.

 

Mark 12:28-31  (NIV)
28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”


Invitation to the table
by Jonathan Martin
The world has called you to the voting booth to decide which candidate should run the country.
We are calling you to the bread and wine, to decide once more who will run your life.
So let us put away our swords and our sound bites. Let us drop our rocks and our nets. Let us come
to the table that is not just for the rich and powerful, but for the broken.
Come and receive the body of Christ broken for you, the blood of Christ shed for you.

“For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when
he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is
my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ ”


“In the same way he took the cup also after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my
blood. Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.’ ”


“For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he
Comes.”


[Come to the Table to be served the bread and cup]


Brothers and sisters, by eating the bread and drinking the cup in memory of the shed blood of our
Lord Jesus Christ, we have had fellowship with one another, and have all become one loaf and one
body. Since Christ is our Head, we should become conformed to our Head and as his members
follow after him—love one another, do good, give and receive counsel, serve our neighbors, and
even love our enemies.


Arise now and go forth in the peace of Christ Jesus. The grace of God be with us all. Amen.

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