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The following rite was composed using traditional forms. Please note that the witnesses listed near the end of the Communion prayer change monthly. This is the rite we use most frequently and services, though there is a second rite in which the people speak the words of institution which is also used.
O Divine Mystery we name as God, it is right and proper that we should come together as your people to offer you thanks and praise, acknowledging our utter dependence on you. In holy creativity you wrote a new story, calling the world into being, choreographing the dance of the atom, composing cosmic symphonies. In the story of the Hebrew people, we hear our own story, slowly discovering a world charged with your grace and glory, and growing in faith. Through the prophets, we draw closer to your way of life and love. In the surprising story of Jesus, we encounter you as God-with-us, we are drawn to your light, and with Jesus we are crucified and resurrected into new life, knowing that sin and death will never have the final word, for he is your Word, spoken to us and for us. We look forward to his coming again. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are bound in covenant one to another and to a common cause, to see your will be done in our world.
We thank you for the church historical and universal, and raise our voices in prayerful thanks for all who have served the common good, servants of love, those who have followed the Way of Jesus, and those who have followed other paths. We thank you for Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and for the prophet Amos, for Harriet Tubman and for Benedict of Nursia, for all who spoke and speak God’s challenging word, do God’s challenging bidding. Joining our song with theirs, with choirs of angels and saints, we boldly proclaim your praise:
Words of Institution
We recall the stories of Jesus’ birth, his baptism and his ministry of healing and teaching, of proclaiming God’s kingdom and of re-shaping the religious structures of his day. We remember his courageous entry into Jerusalem, the constant attacks of the scribes and Pharisees who opposed his good news and his reforms. On that night, before he was betrayed, tortured and executed, he shared a meal with his disciples, taught them and prayed for them. Jesus took a loaf of bread, gave you thanks, then broke it and shared it with them, saying “Take, eat. This is my Body which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”
When the meal had ended, he took the cup of wine and again gave you thanks. He gave them the cup saying “Drink this, all of you. This is my blood, a new covenant, shed for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Do this to remember me.”
Prayer of Consecration
Let us pray. Spirit of God, sanctify this loaf and this cup, this divine feast, transformed and transforming, so that as Christ becomes part of us, we might become part of him, bone of his bone, flesh of his flesh, symbols of God’s work in this world. Amen.
Prayer of Consecration is offered in the communion service for the elements served to the people as memorials of Christ’s crucifixion. In the Church of Rome and other ritualistic bodies, this prayer is accompanied with much ceremony. In other Christia:n churches the form prescribed or adopted is in harmony with the grave occasion which it commemorates. SEE LORD’S SUPPER. Prayer- days. There can be no doubt that the service in the Book of Common Prayer is intended to be daily; yet in the United States this practice has never come to prevail. As a substitute for this, and the nearest approximation the times will allow to the original usage, certain days of the week are selected on which morning and evening service is publicly held. Such days are denominated “Prayer-days,” and are thus distinguished from the usual “holydays.” See the rubrics before the order of public baptism.— Staunton, Ecclesiastical Dictionary, p. 540.
Apostle Stassi Cramm, newly called as Presiding Bishop of the Church and into the First Presidency, gave our prayer of dedication for the new Centre Place church at 320 Richmond Street East, #101
God of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,
In the gift of this moment, we unite our hearts, minds, and souls as a faith community in prayer as we dedicate the Toronto congregation’s new building.
We dedicate this facility with the hopes that the Toronto Community of Christ can continue in their unfolding story to live fully into our global identity and calling as Community of Christ in this area.
We give thanks for the faithful disciples who have gone before us whose commitment and dedication created and sustained this congregation to allow this moment to happen. Knowing your presence with this congregation historically, we look forward to the future with great expectation and hope. In that spirit of anticipation, we pray that this facility will support this congregation in continuing their journey as an invitational, Christ-centered community of justice and peace.
God, through the generosity of faithful disciples, this new state of the art facility has been created to use the best of what is available today to support innovative approaches for mission opportunities in Toronto and beyond. May the entrepreneurial spirit that dreamed this facility into being continue to lead and guide the leaders and disciples as they respond to the mission opportunities around them.
Gracious God, may this facility serve as a place of both a place of restoration and challenge as disciples gather and grow in how to live a meaningful life together. May the people and the messages that flow from this space, be sent to invite others to come and experience this Christ-centered community of justice and peace. As the Holy Spirit leads, may people have the courage to boldly invite others to commit their lives in living Christ’s mission as part of an inclusive faith community.
Loving God, we dedicate this space to be used in ways that allow people to learn, grow and develop healthy relationships with you and others. As disciples and seekers are shaped and formed by the activities that occur within this space or are transmitted from this space, we pray that they will make responsible choices and take actions both individually and collectively to abolish poverty and end suffering while pursuing peace and justice everywhere.
May those who enter this space either physically or virtually encounter a community who embodies the enduring principles of Community of Christ. May grace and generosity flow abundantly, may the sacredness of your creation be supported, may your continued revelation be heard and acted upon as people recognize the worth of all persons, the calling of each, and the need to make responsible choices.
May those who gather or connect virtually represent the diversity in the world and the unity we share through your Divine spark in all creation. And may this holy space be a place where people live out and express the blessings of community and pursue Christ’s peace both internally and externally especially in the midst of life’s difficult moments.
Creator God, as we dedicate this space as well as the gifts that generous disciples shared to make it possible, we also recommit our individual and communal lives to be the embodiment of Christ in the world. We commit ourselves anew to be your co-creators, following the leading of the Holy Spirit, in building your vision of Shalom in our families, neighborhoods, and cities one relationship at a time.
And God even as we dedicate this facility, we also pray that when the time comes that this facility is no longer a functional tool for mission that the group that is stewarding the building at that time, will have the wisdom to celebrate the blessings that came through the facility while having the courage to let it go in favor of new ways to pursue mission.
We step into tomorrow with an assurance that your Spirit that has led this congregation to this moment will continue to be the lamp unto their feet as they move onward in living Christ’s mission in whose name we pray, Amen.
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