A Communion Service in the Spirit of Taize
The Approach to God
Call to Worship
Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Opening Song of Praise
“Laudate Dominum/Sing, Praise and Bless the Lord” SNC 30, S&P 35, T 12
“In the Lord I’ll Be Ever Thankful” SNC 220, S&P 47, T 10, WR 448
Call to Confession
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
Prayer of Confession
“O Lord Hear My Prayer” SNC 203, vs. 1, S&P 20, WR 484
Kyrie 10 S&P 5
or choose another Kyrie such as SNC 52, 53, 54
Words of Assurance
Song of Assurance
“My Soul Is at Rest” S&P 38
or “In God Alone” SNC 187, S&P 19, T 8
The Law of God
“Where There Is Charity” T 25
or “Lord, Be Glorified” SNC 43, SFL 71, SWM 206, WR 465
Psalter (Psalm of the day, read responsively)
“Glory to God in the Highest” S&P 16
or another Gloria such as SNC 115 or 116
The Word of God in Proclamation and Sacrament
Prayer for Illumination
“Veni Lumen” (Choral) T 27
or “Come and Fill Our Hearts/Confitemini” SWM 162, S&P 28
Response to the Reading of God’s Word
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
“In the Lord I’ll Be Ever Thankful” SNC 220, S&P 47, WR 448
Sung Confession of Faith
Apostles’ Creed T 49
or “I Believe in God Almighty” SNC 175
Song of Praise
“Sing Praises/Laudate Omnes Gentes” S&P 48
or “Holy, Holy, Holy, My Heart” SNC 19, SWM 27
The Meaning of the Sacrament
[From the liturgy of the Reformed Church in America; you may substitute your own denomination’s communion liturgy.]
Beloved in the Lord Jesus Christ,
the holy Supper which we are about to celebrate
is a feast of remembrance, of communion, and of hope.
We come in remembrance
that our Lord Jesus Christ was sent of the Father
into the world to assume our flesh and blood
and to fulfill for us all obedience to the divine law,
even to the bitter and shameful death of the cross.
By his death, resurrection, and ascension
he established a new and eternal covenant of grace and reconciliation
that we might be accepted of God and never be forsaken by him.
We come to have communion with this same Christ
who has promised to be with us always, even to the end of the world.
In the breaking of the bread he makes himself known to us as the true heavenly Bread
that strengthens us into life eternal.
In the cup of blessing he comes to us as the Vine
in whom we must abide if we are to bear fruit.
We come in hope,
believing that this bread and this cup
are a pledge and foretaste of the feast of love
of which we shall partake when his kingdom has fully come, when with unveiled face we shall behold him,
made like him in his glory.
Since by his death, resurrection, and ascension
Christ has obtained for us the life-giving Spirit
who unites us all in one body,
so are we to receive this supper in true love,
mindful of the communion of saints.
All who are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and who have expressed their love for Jesus within the fellowship of the church are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Come, for all things are now ready.
Communion Prayer (also found in SNC 250)
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts!
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Holy and right it is, and our joyful duty
to give thanks to you at all times and in all places,
O Lord our Creator,
almighty and everlasting God!
You created heaven with all its hosts and the earth with all its plenty.
You have given us life and being,
and preserve us by your providence.
But you have shown us the fullness of your love
in sending into the world your Son, Jesus Christ,
the eternal Word, made flesh for us and for our salvation.
For the precious gift of this mighty Savior who has reconciled us to you
we praise and bless you, O God.
With your whole Church on earth and with all the company of heaven
we worship and adore your glorious name.
“Sanctus Dominus Deus/Holy, Holy, Holy” T 50
or “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord” PH 568, SNC 252, WR 738
[a short period of silence]
Most righteous God,
we remember in this Supper
the perfect sacrifice offered once on the cross by our Lord Jesus Christ
for the sin of the whole world.
In the joy of his resurrection and in expectation of his coming again,
we offer ourselves to you as holy and living sacrifices.
Together we proclaim the mystery of the faith.
“Dying You Destroyed Our Death” T 51
or “Christ Has Died” SNC 250
Send your Holy Spirit upon us, we pray,
that the bread which we break
and the cup which we bless
may be to us the communion of the body and blood of Christ.
Grant that, being joined together in him,
we may attain to the unity of the faith
and grow up in all things into Christ our Lord.
And as this grain has been gathered from many fields into one loaf,
and these grapes from many hills into one cup,
grant, O Lord, that your whole Church
may soon be gathered from the ends of the earth
into your kingdom.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
The Words of Institution
The Lord Jesus, the same night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you: do this in remembrance of me.”
[The minister shall break the bread.]
After the same manner also, he took the cup when they had supped, saying, “This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
[The minister shall lift the cup.]
The bread which we break is the communion of the body of Christ.
“Eat This Bread, Drink This Cup” PsH 312, SNC 254, T 9, WR 697
The cup of blessing which we bless is the communion of the blood of Christ.
“There Can Be No Greater Love” T 59
or “Taste and See” refrain SNC 255
The Response to God
Song of Thanksgiving
“Bless the Lord, My Soul” SNC 256, S&P 9, T3
“Jesus, Remember Me” PH 599, PsH 217, SFL 168, SNC 143, T11, WR 285
The Lord’s Prayer in Song
“The Lord’s Prayer” T 53 or 54
or “Our Father in Heaven” SNC 196
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
“Nunc Dimittis” T 16
or “Song of Simeon/Lord, Bid Your Servant” SNC 292
This is not a “Taizé service,” nor has it been endorsed by the Taizé community in any way. The liturgy is from the Reformed Church in America (RCA) and may be used without further permission. If you plan to use the Taizé material, you should have permission from GIA music or Taizé, have a license from OneLicense.net, or own copies of the music yourself. In some instances another song in the spirit of Taizé has been suggested.
The two Taizé resources referred to in this service are:
- S&P: Songs and Prayers from Taizé, GIA Publications, Inc. © 1991 Ateliers et Presses de Taizé.
- T: Taizé: Songs for Prayer, GIA Publications, Inc. © 1998 Ateliers et Presses de Taizé.