All-age Easter communion liturgy — Ana Gobledale, UK

This communion liturgy seeks to be worshipful, educational and inspirational.

Children and youth might be used as servers and/or readers.

 

Welcome & Invitation

Here is the table set for our special meal.
The bread, the juice, prepared and presented.
Ready to be served and shared.

We remember Jesus sharing a meal like this with his disciples, his friends.
He included everyone, those he could trust and those he could not trust.

Today we are his disciples, his friends.
Each one of us is welcome. How amazing it is to be loved and wanted even when we have not been perfect.

How wonderful it is to be included as we are.

Words of Remembrance: the communion story

When Jesus shared the bread with his friends, he explained that he is the Bread of Life.

Like bread, Jesus nourishes and strengthens us so that we can know right and wrong and not be confused.

When we eat the bread together, we are strengthened as a community to remember Jesus and do the things Jesus would do in our world.

Jesus also used a cup of the fruit of grapes to teach his disciples.

He compared the red juice to blood, to help us remember the suffering in the world.

Drinking the juice together helps us remember that we are all part of a special agreement, a covenant, with God.

God loves us so much that when we make mistakes, or when we make bad choices, God has agreed to forgive us and give us a second chance, every time.

This is ordinary bread and ordinary juice.

But when we eat the bread together and drink the juice together, something extraordinary happens which brings us closer to Jesus and to one another. We become the ‘Body of Christ.’

Which means that our eyes and ears see and hear what Jesus would see in our world.

And our arms and hands do Jesus’s work to help others.

Sharing the bread and juice

When you take a piece of bread, please hold it until everyone has a piece.

Then we will all eat together.

When everyone has bread:

The Bread of Life shared with you.
Be strengthened to do what is right.

When you take a cup of juice, please hold it until everyone has been served. Then we will all eat together.

When everyone has a cup:

The Cup of Forgiveness shared with you.
Remember God’s agreement to give each of us another chance to be better people.

OR
If people come forward in small groups to be served:

Please come forward to receive the Bread of Life.
May it strengthen you to do what is right.

Please come forward to receive the Cup of Forgiveness.
Remember God’s agreement to give each of us another chance to be better people.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

God of love, [for Easter: thank you for this Easter celebration!] thank you for strengthening us with the Bread of Life.

Thank you for forgiving us and giving us another chance to do what is right.

We promise to be the living Body of Christ, nourished by this special meal.

We promise to use our arms, hands, feet, eyes and ears to follow Jesus and make the world a better place for everyone.

Amen.