Inspired by the BBC’s Poetry Season, particularly by those performing their poems at ‘Poetry Slams’, I did a ‘Communion Slam’ last Sunday, which seemed to go down really well with people at my church, given the enthusiastic responses I got after the service. Basically I wrote a poem/liturgy which I ‘performed’ by way of invitation to the communion. But even as I write this, particularly thinking about the dramatic communions we used to have in the Parish of Northolt, I guess all liturgical communion could be thought of as a slam.

Anyway, if you are interested, here is the unperformed text.

Do this in remembrance of Jesus

Anticipate

God’s Kingdom – on earth as it is in heaven.

Act justly
Love mercy
Walk humbly

Do this in remembrance of Jesus

Tell the good news
Live the good news
Be the good news

Announce freedom
Feed the hungry
Give water to the thirsty
Welcome the stranger
Clothe the naked
Care for the sick
Visit the prisoners.
Comfort those who grieve.

Do this in remembrance of Jesus

Transform . . .

Relationships
Families
Communities
Workplaces
Economies
Politics

Be prophetic

Do this in remembrance of Jesus

Love your neighbour
Love yourself
Love your enemies.

Do this in remembrance of Jesus

Be loving
Be happy
Be peaceful
Be patient . . .

[pause]

Be kind
Be good
Be gentle
Be faithful
Be Self-controlled.

Be wise.

Do this in remembrance of Jesus

Be baptised.

Be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Become a disciple

Make disciples

Do this in remembrance of Jesus

Pray. Fast. Worship.

Celebrate life.

Do this in remembrance of Jesus

Take some bread.

Break it.

Give thanks.

Eat it

Take a cup

Give thanks.

Drink it.

Forgive as you have been forgiven.