Worship Resources

An Order of Service 
for Farm Church

Call to Worship

Officiant  Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
Leader  Come, let us adore him.
People  Come, let us adore him.

Welcome to Farm Church.  We are a faithful community connecting people with God, food, and the land.  We are going to worship, work, and share a meal with each other today, and we’re so glad you’ve joined us this morning.  We’re going to continue by lifting our voices in song!

Opening Song

Collect
Officiant  Let us pray
Almighty God, whose loving hand has given us all that wepossess: Grant us grace that we may honor you with ourlives, and, remembering the account which we must oneday give, may be faithful stewards of your bounty, throughJesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

First Reading
Reader  A Reading from ________________.
Following each reading, the reader says “The Word of the Lord”
Leader  Thanks be to God
People  Thanks be to God

Song Before Communion – Doxology
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow
Praise him, all creatures here below
Praise him above, ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Eucharist
Celebrant  The Lord be with you.
Leader  And also with you.
People  And also with you.
Celebrant  Lift up your hearts.
Leader  We lift them up to the Lord.
People  We lift them up to the Lord.
Celebrant  Let us give thanks to our Lord God.
Leader  It is right to give God thanks and praise.
People  It is right to give God thanks and praise.

The Celebrant continues
We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers.

Leader  Glory to you forever and ever.
People  Glory to you forever and ever.

At the beginning of time, you created every living thing and said that it was good.  You formed us into your image and entrusted us with the care of the whole world, but we turned against you, our neighbor, and the land. Again and again you called us to return; you sent prophets, saints, and angels, and in the fullness of time you sent, Jesus, your son, to open the way to new life.

Leader  Glory to you forever and ever.
People  Glory to you forever and ever.

On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he has given thanks to you, he broke it, 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.”

Leader  Glory to you forever and ever.
People  Glory to you forever and ever.

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.

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Leader  Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.
People  Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

We offer you these gifts of bread and wine. Send your Holy Spirit upon them, that they may be for us the Body and Blood of your Son.

We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may be faithful ministers of them for ages to come. Grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation, to the honor and glory of your Name, now and forever. Amen.

Let us pray as Jesus taught us

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever. Amen.

Celebrant  The gifts of God for the people of God

Communion is distributed saying “The Body of Christ, the bread of heaven,” and “The Blood of Christ, the cup of salvation.”

Post-Communion Prayer
Celebrant  Let us pray
Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have fed us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, and you have united us with Christ and one another.  Open our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works that, rejoicing in your whole creation, we may learn to serve you with gladness; for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Work and Prayer

There is a tradition of religious people who believe that work and prayer are partners, because life requires both action and contemplation.  The Cistercians, in particular, applied this directly to working on the farm where their work was their prayer and their prayer their work.  In Latin the phrase is ora et labora.  

We will spend the next 45 minutes working and praying together.  If you want to work in the dirt, Greg will give you instruction and will set you to a task.  If you want to work in the kitchen, follow Brin.

At the end of our work, we will ring the bell and announce the passing of the Peace, which will be your invitation to gather back together at the table.

Passing the Peace
Celebrant  The peace of the Lord be always with you.
Leader  And also with you.
People  And also with you.

Welcome to the Table
Thank you all for your prayers and your hard work, and for offering yourself to God and to this ministry today.  We will sit down and share a meal with each other and will end our meal with prayers for ourselves and for the world.  Right now you are invited to grab a plate and help yourself to the meal that has been prepared.  

Celebrant  Before we eat, let us pray
With gratitude for our work and fellowship, and for the beauty of the land and the abundance of creation, we offer our thanks and praise to you, O God, Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer of all life. Amen.

After people are seated at the table we will read the second reading and have a brief homily followed by an invitation for reflection on our readings, work, and time together.

First Reading
Reader  A Reading from ________________.
Following each reading, the reader says “The Word of the Lord”
Leader  Thanks be to God
People  Thanks be to God

Homily + Reflection

The Prayers of the People
As the meal is coming to a close, we will come back together to pray for the world and for ourselves.

Reader 1
In peace, let us pray to the Lord, saying, “Lord, have mercy”
For the peace of the world, that a spirit of respect and patience may grow among nations and peoples, we pray to you, O Lord.
People  Lord, have mercy

Reader 2
For those in positions of public trust, that they may serve justice, and promote the dignity and freedom of every person, we pray to you, O Lord.
People  Lord, have mercy

Reader 3
For your blessing upon the lands and waters, and all who work upon them to bring forth food and all things needful for your people, we pray to you, O Lord.
People  Lord, have mercy

Reader 4
For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer; for refugees, prisoners, and all who are in danger; that they may be relieved and protected, we pray to you, O Lord.
People  Lord, have mercy

Reader 5
For this community, and all communities who are working to restore dignity to the land, access to healthy food, and justice for those who depend on the land for their livelihood, we pray to you, O Lord.
People  Lord, have mercy

Reader 6
For ourselves; for the forgiveness of our sins, and for the grace of the Holy Spirit to amend our lives, we pray to you, O Lord.
People  Lord, have mercy

Reader 7
For all who have commended themselves to our prayers; for our families, friends, and neighbors; that being freed from anxiety, they may live in joy, peace, and health, we pray to you, O Lord.
People  Lord, have mercy

Celebrant I invite your intercessions or thanksgivings, either silently or aloud.

Celebrant
For yours is the majesty, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, now and forever. Amen.

Clean up and Offertory
We will spend the next 5-10 minutes cleaning up after ourselves and packing up our things.  If you worked in the garden, please make sure that you put all of your tools, gloves, etc. away.  We need some other folks to help us clean up after our meal.  Once we are finished cleaning up, we will ring a bell and gather everyone back together at the Welcome Table for a closing song and blessing.

While you are cleaning up, we hope you will take a minute to make an offering to Farm Church. There is a basket on the for you to make an offering to help us continue growing this ministry together.  We believe that God always gives us enough and some to share and we invite you to share your financial resources to help us plant this new ministry.

Closing Song

Blessing
Do not pray for easy lives.
Pray to be stronger men and women.
Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers,
but pray for powers equal to your tasks.
Then the doing of your work will not be the miracle,
but you will be the miracle.
And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

Dismissal
Celebrant  Let us go forth into the world rejoicing in the power of the spirit!
Leader  Thanks be to God.
People  Thanks be to God.