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Does the church make sense or do we make it too hard for people to come in? I think yes and yes and the task then is to make it easier. Maybe for someone out there, this will be the case. I write as a Lutheran (or, perhaps a Lutherpalian) although I might seem out of the mainstream from time to time. That's okay, isn't it? Let's blog on.

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Contrary to what Google will tell you, I have been blogging for several year, right here. Look for Churchstuff-moreorless. life was a hell of a lot easier when you could talk to someone to get help. Now, you can't do it on the telephone, you can't do it on the internet. Life was easier and made more sense because people actually cared. Now they will screw you as quickly as they will help you. Unfuck the world.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Eucharistic Prayer for the Feast of Hildegard of Bingen, Visionary (September 17)

It is truly right and a good and joyful thing 
that we should at all times and in all places, 
offer our thanks and praise to you, 
Holy God through Christ our Lord.

O power of eternity, who has ordered all things in your heart:
by your word all things are created As you have willed
And your word itself, Puts on flesh in the form that is drawn from Adam.
And so with the Church on earth,
with Hildegard and all the hosts of heaven,
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
The Sanctus is said or sung.

You are indeed holy, O God, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ. 
He lived among us, as one of us, and drew to himself the poor, the lame, the blind, all those cast out to the margins of life.
To all who came, he restored to fullness of life and led them to you.
By the baptism of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection, 
you gave birth to your church, 
delivered us from slavery to sin and death, 
and made with us a new covenant by water
and the Spirit.

On the night before he suffered death, 
our Lord Jesus gathered his friends around
the table and as he took bread, 
he offered thanks to you; breaking it, and
giving it to all of them, saying:
“Take and eat; this is my body, given for
you. Do this for the remembrance of me.” 

After all of them had eaten, 
he again took the cup and offered thanks to
you, and gave it for all to drink, saying: 
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness
of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.” 

And so, in remembrance of these your
mighty acts in Jesus Christ, 
we offer ourselves in praise and
thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, 
in union with Christ’s offering for us, 
as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
Christ has died. 
Christ has risen.
Christ will come again.

Breathe your Holy Spirit on us gathered here and on these gifts of bread and wine. 
As they are the body and blood of Christ for us, 
so may we be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood,
enkindled with the flame of your love. 

By your Spirit bind us to Christ,
one to another, 
together in ministry to all the world, 
until Christ comes in final victory
and we feast at the heavenly banquet. 

Through your son Jesus Christ, 
with the Holy Spirit in your holy church, 
all honor and glory is yours, 
Almighty God, now and forever.

Now, as God’s confident children,
we boldly pray:
Our Father in heaven...


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