A liturgy that remind us of God's everlasting Covenant with his People - and the responsibilities it calls from us.
It works well if those gathered are divided into groups and given the name of a prophet and asked to read the passage of Scripture assigned to them. Use pictures or other visuals to enhance the text.
At the first Pentecost/ In the beginning, the Spirit came upon the people of God
and opened their minds to great truths.
The Spirit set their souls on fire and they understood the greatness of the story
of which they had become a part.
They weren't simply a group of people living 2000 years ago -
but people at a turning-point in history -
looking back over thousands of years
and into a future they could not imagine....
they were touched in a eternal moment of truth -
by the Holy Spirit of God.
The Spirit opens the Word of God to us;
The Spirit transforms the matter of bread and wine
into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ
Spirit of God comes upon us
and anoints us as disciples
entrusting us with the gifts we need to build the Kingdom
to renew God's eternal Covenant with his People
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful
and kindle in us the fire of Your love.
Send forth Your Spirit and we shall be created
and You will renew the face of the earth.
In the mists of time, at the dawning of human history,
God appeared to Abram and
I am God Almighty; walk with Me and be holy.
And I will make My covenant between Me and you,
and I will make you fruitful
and your children shall be as numerous as are the stars.
No longer shall your name be Abram but Abraham,
or I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations.
I will establish My everlasting covenant between Me and you and your offspring
to be God to you and to them for ages unending.
thanksgiving to our God who is faithful forever.
Ages passed and God appeared to Moses
and brought the People of God out of slavery.
On Mount Sinai, God spoke to Moses:
You have seen what I have done for you
how I have borne you up on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself.
Know, therefore, that if you obey My voice and keep My covenant,
you shall be My treasured possession.
The whole earth is mine,
but you shall be for Me a priestly people and a holy nation.
Praise and thanksgiving to our God who treasures us and calls us
Yet, despite the great things that God had done for them,
people forgot the covenant with God;
but the prophets did not forget:
The days are surely coming, says the Lord,
when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand out of Egypt -
a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord.
But this is the covenant that I will make:
I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts;
and I will be their God and they shall be my people.
Praise and thanksgiving to God
who has written His words of love on our hearts.
The Lord says, "I will make a covenant of peace with them
and I will bless them and multiply them,
and I will set my sanctuary among them forevermore.
My dwelling-place shall be with them;
and I will be their God and they shall be my people.
Praise and thanksgiving to our God who makes His home among us.
In those days, says the Lord
I will pour out My spirit on all flesh;
your sons and daughters shall prophesy,
your old folk shall dream dreams
and your young folk shall see visions.
In those days, I will pour out My spirit.
Praise and thanksgiving to our God, that we should live in the days of the Spirit.
And the angel of the Lord appeared unto Mary
and she conceived through the power of the Spirit.
Mary became the Ark of the new Covenant:
mother of the Word made flesh:
full of grace
bearing the greatness of God
into the life of the world.
Rejoicing in her covenant with God, she
My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for He has looked on the lowliness of His servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is His name.
His mercy is great for those who fear Him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped His servant Israel,
in remembrance of His mercy,
according to the promise He made to Abraham
and to His descendants
we rejoice in our Covenant with God
and the covenant with each other to which we are called.
this point, you might like to have a ritual or symbol of the
covenant between individuals/ communities and God.
|Reader||From generation to generation|
|the God of all Creation draws His People to Himself:|
|calling them anew into a living and loving Covenant.|
|All||May we be given the grace to be faithful to God's Covenant;|
|seeking the peace and unity of God's kingdom;|
|building bonds of love and friendship|
|with those with whom we are called to be in communion|
|and extending loving hands of welcome|
|as we respond to our Lord's call to mission.|
|Reader||And may the God of the everlasting Covenant|
|whose blessing has rested upon the humanity since its first breath|
|All||The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit|
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