Unitarian Universalist Eucharist
Rev. Chuck Freeman (adapted & expanded by Rev. Sam Trumbore)
Father of the poor, Mother of the brokenhearted; Come, Author of the powerful,
Composer of celebration; Come Voice of the silence, Come Generous Spirit. By the glory of your presence around us, by
the glory of your presence within us, by the wind of your spirit in this place,
inspire and renew us, so that we may approach this communion with gladness.
People: We allow ourselves to be still in body and mind,
letting go of our thoughts, desires, and concerns of tomorrow or yesterday,
that we may be open to the wonders of this present moment.
Hymn #389 "Gathered
The Confession of Shortcomings
Minister: We come together in need of renewal. We
have fallen short in our service to each other. We have fallen short in our service to our bodies, hearts and
minds. We have fallen short in our
service to our beliefs, values, principles and ideals. We have fallen short responding to the
blessings of this tremendous gift of life.
Let us now individually acknowledge those shortcomings, as each person is willing and able, to release the burdens on our hearts, and feel the love and forgiveness that comes with communal confession and remorse.
All: (Each person will now have an
opportunity to confess any shortcoming and express their remorse)
Minister: May these confessions of our
shortcomings cleanse our hearts of the separations we feel from all that we
deem holy. May they be forgiven as we
restore the bonds between us.
Minister: We are not alone. We all draw on sources of strength and
guidance beyond us. These sources
sustain us when we confront our shortcomings and wish to go beyond them. Let us each now individually speak these
sources into our circle as each person is willing and able.
All: (Each person will now have
an opportunity to share a source of faith and express their gratitude)
Minister: Restored, reunited and renewed through
our confession to each other of shortcomings and faith, we are now prepared to
celebrate holy communion together.
Hymn #406 “Let
us Break Bread Together”
be this day, and all it shall bring.
Women: Blessed be this
Blessed be the Source of Life.
be our Mother Earth.
be the Cosmic Christ.
Women: Blessed be all
be our living and dying.
be our awakening.
Spirit, Beacon of Light, Wellspring of Love,
All: Essence of all being, Fullness of all
truth, Hope of all ages, Eternal One, revealed in many forms, worthy of our
awe; blow as a fresh breeze to restore us, body and soul.
us to your divine truth.
People: That we may
embrace the word of life.
mystery with reason, and reason with mystery.
People: Anoint our
doubt with an appreciation of all that is.
we strive for peace, justice, and harmony in the world.
People: Fill me with
we all know the jewel of compassion.
People: We share a
common earth. May we reverence the
earth, and all that is in it.
us love the fullness of creation with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength.
People: And our
neighbors as ourselves.
the sacred purpose in all things; in the morning, at eventide, in the ebb and
flow of existence.
People: Inasmuch as
we live in this fashion, all shall be well, all manner of things shall be well.
all that dwell below the skies
Let songs of hope and faith arise;
Let peace, goodwill on earth be sung
Through every land, by every tongue.
The Blessing of the Bread and Wine
graciously acknowledge the commonality and distinctions we embody. As multitudes of grain are gathered to make
bread, and much fruit is mixed to ferment wine, so we who are many, coming from
diverse places and viewpoints, recognize our oneness in this ritual meal.
are you, Spirit of Goodness. Through
you we have this bread and wine to sustain us, which the earth has given and
our human hands have made. May they
become for us spiritual food and drink, expressing our joys and tears, our visions and dreams.
the days when we began to walk on two feet and bore the name "human",
our kind has sought to appease the forces of nature and offer ceremonial
The original devotees of the Goddess designed rituals of thanksgiving to maintain the fertility of the earth in bearing fruit, and to assuage the spirit of the animals which gave their lives for sustenance.
Worshippers of Yahweh ate a memorial meal to recall the mighty acts of their God in miraculous events of deliverance through history: the blood of the Passover Lamb which protected the first born of the Israelites; being led out of bondage from Egypt, and the parting of the Red Sea, to complete their escape from their Egyptian captors.
In this lineage, disciples of Christ created a Eucharist symbolic of Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection dedicated to their redemption from sin. They believed the bread is emblematic of His broken body, and the wine represents His shed blood. The Lord's Supper is eaten in remembrance of, and in thanksgiving for, Jesus' sacrifice.
Today, we revere the universal themes in these traditions that serve as a foundation for our observance of this communion: survival, fear of the unknown, bargaining, freedom from tyranny, sacrifice, appreciation, helplessness, the existential search for meaning, love, our dependence on the earth, the need for nurture, and the marvelous cycle of birth, death, and life renewed.
People: Source of all holiness, Abiding
Presence of love, Fountain of all wisdom, take the dry bread of mundane
subsistence and transform it into a splendid banquet. Take the crushed grapes of despair and turn them into the wine of
feasting. Bring order out of our chaos,
rays of light into our dark season, and soundness to our broken places.
Minister: Welcome the One Taste that quickens the
senses, these are the gifts of time and eternity. May the timeless nature of their deep message touch, cleanse,
refine, and enliven you.
Hymn #402 “From
You I Receive”
Receiving the Eucharist
person offers the bread to the person next to them saying) “This is the
bread of life. Take and eat it in
remembrance of all that is holy.”
person offers the wine to the person next to them saying) “This is the
elixir of life. Drink it in remembrance
of our oneness with the divine.”
Minister: In thankfulness, let us offer praise for
the provisions of the Universe we have enjoyed. May we, with all creation, dedicate ourselves with integrity to
the completion of our calling. May we
enter the fellowship that is both matter and spirit, human and divine, time
bound and everlasting.
All: Deep peace of the running
wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the divine be with you till we meet again. Amen.
Hymn #385 "Gloria"