This is a prayer for Holy Communion to be used during the Advent season. It includes a sung refrain for the congregation, and assumes that participants know the first verse of “O Come, O Come, Immanuel” by heart. It also uses alternative (but still biblical) words of institution. We’ve used this in the Eden chapel several times over the past few years, and it has gone well.
This is a service of five stations, meant to help us think and pray about the journey to Jerusalem that Jesus and his disciples chose to make. It’s about risk, and courage, and following in the way of Jesus. In our worship life here at Eden Seminary, we shared this service on the Monday of Holy Week, which put it out of sync with the entrance into Jerusalem of Palm Sunday. It might be useful for the Sunday before Lent, or a service during the week before Palm Sunday.
In our version, we began inside, stopped at a few stations outside, and ended in the chapel. No one had printed materials except the readers, until we distributed music for the closing song.
The following are excerpts from an Ash Wednesday service held in the Eden Theological Seminary Chapel on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The worship service focused on reversing our associations of darkness with sin and whiteness with purity. Worship included an opening gathering with scripture and a brief sermon, then a period in which participants could choose from among a number of prayer stations, followed by re-gathering for Holy Communion.
I don’t often post sermons on the internet, believing that the sermonic project is highly contextual. I decided to make an exception.
Give to the Ruler Your Justice
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Delivered at Eden Theological Seminary, Wednesday, November 30 2016
“Give to the ruler, your justice, O God.”
The text says “king,” “give to the king your justice,” but “ruler” leaves us with a little more breathing room. Give to the ruler, the leader, the head of state…your justice.
The text is thousands of years old, and comes from a culture that was so different from ours. But if we all work together here I think we might be able to make a few connections, and hear what the Spirit is saying to the church, for today.
This prayer is meant to be a led by one person, with the congregation echoing back each phrase that they hear. (The prayer is not printed in a bulletin) It was used for a pre-Thanksgiving worship service in the Eden Seminary chapel.
This prayer was used at the opening of the 2016 Schmiechen Lecture at Eden Theological Seminary. The guest speaker, Dr. Robin Jensen, spoke on the depiction of the cross in early Christian art.
(A presider invites all the people to come forward and gather around the table. The four presiders circle the table, facing different directions. The presiders should represent the rich variety of the gathered body. This prayer assumes Leader 4 is clergy. One leader explains the format, with lots of encouragement, and teaches the dance step for the day. Explain that they will remain around the table after they have shared the elements. )