April 4, 2020

Liturgy for Agape Meal for Maundy Thursday

 

A LITURGY FOR AN AGAPE MEAL

 

Agape” is the New Testament Greek work for “self-giving love”. In the Christian tradition an “Agape” is also the name for informal meals and times of togetherness and mutual sharing which remind us of all those meals Jesus shared with his friends and the unity that his Spirit continues to give us.

 

Opening

Leader : How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God’s people to live together in harmony! (Ps 133)

 

Leader: Here and now, God waits to break into our lives.

 

Reader 1: To change our minds.

 

Reader 2: To change our hearts.

 

Reader 3: To change our ways.

 

Men: To make us see the world and the whole of life in a new light.

 

Women: To fill us with hope, joy and certainty for the future.

 

All: Here and now – let us praise God.

 

Reading Colossians 3: v12-17 (How we should “be”)

 

Common confession

Leader: Let us think about ourselves & our lives as we seek to live in Christian community, as a sign and symbol of God’s peace for the world:

 

All: We confess our failings in Community:

Our lack of understanding,

Our lack of forgiveness,

Our lack of openness,

Our lack of sensitivity.

 

We confess the times:

When we are too eager to be better than others,

When we are too rushed to care,

When we are too tired to bother,

When we are too lazy to really listen,

When we are too quick to act from motives other than love.

 

Leader: One and all.

 

All: We forgive & we trust that we are forgiven.

 

 

Setting the table

 

Leader: On the table, remembering our community, with whom Christ is present, we set symbols to remind us of his promises to us:

 

Reader 1: A candle, to remind us of Jesus who said,

“I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life”.

 

Reader 2: Bread, symbol of Jesus who said,

“I am the bread of life. The bread that I shall give is myself for the life of the world”.

 

Reader 3: A cross, to remind us that Jesus said,

“A new commandment I give you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another”.

 

All: Lord, we welcome your presence with us.

May the food we share

Feed our bodies, hearts and minds.

And may our spirits be refreshed

As we live in the light of your presence

With us now, and at all times and places. Amen.

 

The Meal

 

Prayers of intercession (when the meal is finished)

Prayers for the needs of others and our personal needs.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Dismissal

Leader: The meal is ended.

Christ goes before us into the night and the days ahead.

 

All: Let us go in peace,

To love and serve one another

In the Spirit of Christ. Amen!

 

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