Mass: Anything but Ordinary

The Jr. High Revelation Tour from Custer Road United Methodist Church filled in for Rev. Stephenson this week with a message about the Roman Catholic Mass.

Through song they shared the parts of mass, the leading of people to Eucharist, communion with Christ.

Gathering… recognizing our need to worship in community… a time to come together with others…

Worship:
the time to give our hearts…
surrender our lives…
bow our knees…
before the only One truly worthy of worship…
Kyrie… seeking God’s mercy and compassion… we confess our failures and sin…
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
Psalm 51:1 ESV
Gloria… recognizing that God has blessed us more than we can imagine… through Christ the King… the Father’s gift of love…
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those who he favors!”
Luke 2:14 NRSV
Credo… “I believe”… a statement of faith… a time to bring our faith to Jesus… whatever size…
I believe in God, even when God is silent.

Immediately the father of the child cried out,
“I believe; help my unbelief!”
Mark 9:24 NRSV
Sanctus… acknowledging God as Holy… Holy… Holy… set apart… above all others.
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
Isaiah 6:3 NRSV
Agnus Dei… coming under the covering of the Lamb of God… receiving Christ’s sacrifice for our sins… yours… mine…
“Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!…”
John 1:29 NRSV
Sending Forth… a time to remember we go forth into the world as His.
Through communion
we offer our service…
our lives…
to Him…
for His use…
with thanksgiving…
In all, a reminder that the Eucharist… mass… communion… is anything but ordinary!
Do you recognize the parts of Mass reflected in our communion services?
Take time to put it in your own words, meditate on the wonder of the Church, our Lord, and His sacrifice.
Don’t let the extraordinary love of God’s grace, become ordinary.
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