Friend’s of Dr. Bob Recovery Communion Service (Episcopal) 


Gathering & Welcome
(May include a Hymn, Invitation to worship and/or the Prayer that follows)

Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

People: And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and forever. Amen.

Celebrant: Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may                          perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. 

People: Amen.

Prayer of St. Francis

Celebrant: Let us now come before our Creator with gratitude for all God’s given us in our recovery and say together the Prayer of our brother Francis

                  Lord, make us a channel of your peace

                  That where there is hatred               People: We may bring love

                  That where there is wrong               Forgiveness

                  That where there is discord             Harmony

                  That where there is error                 Truth

                  That where there is doubt                Faith

                  That where there is despair             Hope

                  That where there are shadows         Light

                  That where there is sadness             Joy

         Lord, may we seek rather to comfort       Than to be comforted

            To understand                                      Than to be understood

               To love                                     Than to be loved

         For it is by self-forgetting that we find It is by forgiving that we are forgiven
         It is by dying that we awaken to Eternal Life.

Amen

Prayer of the Day

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you

Celebrant: Let us pray: O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you. Look with compassion on all of us who through addiction have lost our health or freedom. Restore to us the assurance of your unending love and unfailing mercy; remove from us the fears that beset us; strengthen us in the work of our recovery; and to those who care for us, give patient understanding and                                      persevering love.

People: Amen

Recovery Reading + Psalm Play meditation hymn
Meditation Hymn + Gospel + Reflections Briefly comment / invite sharing

Ask someone to read the Prayers of the People - attached

  • The Prayers of the People         


 Confession

Celebrant: Let us now call to mind our sins.

Whatever that separates us from God –

Separates us from one another –

Or separates us from the True Self God is calling us to be.

(pause)

All: God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil we have done and the evil done on our behalf. Forgive, restore and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ, that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen.

Celebrant: Almighty God have mercy on us, heal all our defects of character and forgive us our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ; now strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of your Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life.

People: Amen                                     

The Peace

Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you. 

People: And also with you.

Celebrant: Let us share with one another now a sign of God’s love & peace

(Pass the Peace. Then announcements and communion instructions are given – Mention we use grape juice, have gluten free bread, and that all are welcomed at the table. Explain how communion will be distributed.)

THE HOLY COMMUNION

Celebrant: The Lord be with you

People: And also with you.

Lift up your hearts We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Celebrant: Father, we give you thanks for creating us in your very own image. Help us to wake up from our sleep and from our addictions – remind us of who we are, your own beloved daughters
and sons.


Thank you for revealing to us the depth of the love you have for us – we saw that love lived out in the life of our brother Jesus.

And so we join with all of the saints and angels in heaven in proclaiming your glory as we say:

All:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might!

Heaven and earth are full of your glory!

Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest!

Celebrant: And so, Father, we bring you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit that they may become for us the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

+ On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, Jesus took bread, said the blessing,

broke the bread, gave it to his friends and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

+ After supper, he took the cup of wine, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them and said,

"Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it,

do this for the remembrance of me."

Celebrant: Father, we now celebrate the memorial of your Son.

By means of this holy bread and this saving cup,

we remember the sacrifice of his death,

and proclaim the mystery of our faith:      

All: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Celebrant: Gather us by this Holy Communion into one body in your Son Jesus Christ. Make us a recovering people, a living sacrifice of praise to your name.

+ By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever.

People: AMEN.

·      The Lord’s Prayer  + The Breaking of the Bread  + Communion  
·      Post Communion Prayer

Celebrant: Let us pray:

All: God of abundance, you have fed us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation; you have united us with Christ and one another; and you have made us one with all your people in heaven and on earth.  Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit, that we may proclaim your redeeming love to the world and continue for ever in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen

  • Closing Prayer

Celebrant: Now let us close our service and say together the “we” version of the original Serenity Prayer:

All: God grant us the serenity, to accept the things we cannot change,

the courage to change the things we can,

and the wisdom to know the difference.

Celebrant: Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a     time. Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.

Taking as Jesus did – this sinful world as it is – not as we     would have it; trusting that you will make all things right, if          we surrender to your will.

So we will be reasonably happy in this life and supremely     happy with you forever in the next.

People: Amen.

The Blessing and Dismissal

Celebrant: May the Lord bless you and keep you.

May the Lord make his face shine His face on you and keep us all clean, and sober, and abstinent.

And may the blessing of Almighty God –

Father, Son, and Spirit –

be with you and with all of those you love, this (day) night, and forever. Amen.

Prayers of the People

Leader: Please join me by responding “Lord, hear our prayer”

Leader: We cried out to you from the pain of our addiction. 

You heard us and granted us your gift of recovery.

Comfort and heal those who still suffer.

In your great mercy:

People: Lord, hear our prayer

Leader: You brought us to our senses and awakened us to a new dimension of your reality.

Heal the damage done to our families and friends –

and by seeing us recover in body, mind, and spirit –

may they come to know the power of your love and forgiveness.

In your great faithfulness:

People: Lord, hear our prayer

Leader: You led us to faith and to our fellowships.

Strengthen and guide them so your message is heard

and the hand of recovery is always extended.  

In your great love:

People: Lord, hear our prayer

Leader: We ask your blessing on all those in authority.

On our president, governor and city leaders;

enlighten them and keep them ever mindful of the needs of the poor

and the oppressed,

especially the needs of addicts in trouble and in our prisons.

In your great justice:

People: Lord, hear our prayer

Leader: We remember all who have died, that your will for them may be fulfilled.

We pray especially for those who have shown us the way to recovery;

for the founders of our fellowships, for sponsors and for friends;

for those known and unknown to us who died sober,

and for those who died in their illness.

In your great compassion:

People: Lord, hear our prayer

Leader: Please add your own petitions now, aloud or in your hearts.

We will respond: “Lord, hear our prayer.”