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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.

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Eucharistic Prayer for the Feast of the Reformation (October 31)

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. 
You entered into a covenantal relationship with your people but they walked away. 
Through the work of Martin and Phillip and the other Reformers, 
your people rediscovered your will. 
And so, with the Church on earth, 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 has fulfilled the law, justifying us to you through our faith in him.
But his message was lost by those who protected the Church as if it were their god. 
By the baptism of his 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.

Pour out 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. 
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.  
And now, as God’s confident children,
we boldly pray: 
Our Father in heaven...  


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