Lord's Supper

Lord's Supper


LITURGY OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God! The Bible says that people will come from East and West, and from North and South, and sit at the table in the Kingdom of God. According to Luke, when our risen Lord ate with his disciples, he took bread and he blessed it and broke it and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him.

This is the Lord’s table. Our Savior invites all those who trust in him to share the feast which is prepared. Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the saving death of the risen Lord, until he comes again.

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts

We lift them to the Lord

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise, O Lord our God, creator and ruler of the universe. In your wisdom you made all things and sustain them by your power. You formed us in your image, setting us in this world to love and to serve you and to live in peace with your whole creation. When we rebelled against you, refusing to trust and obey you, you did not reject us, but still claimed us as your own. You sent the prophets to call us back to your way. Then in the fullness of time, out of your great love for the world, you sent your only Son to be one of us, to redeem us and heal our brokenness. For our sakes he opened his arms on the cross; he put an end to death and revealed the resurrection. In this he fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with choirs of angels, with the prophets, apostles and martyrs, and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name, saying:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Lord, you are holy indeed, the fountain of all holiness. Let your Spirit + come upon these gifts of bread and wine to make them holy, that the bread we break and a cup we drink may become for us the body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ. By your spirit make us one with Christ, that we may be one with all who share this feast, united in ministry in every place.

The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and after he had given thanks for it, he broke it and said:

Take this, all of you, and eat it.
This is my body which will be given for you.
Do this in memory of me.

In the same way, after supper, he took the cup, and after he had given thanks for it, he gave it to his disciples, and said:

Take this, all of you, and drink it.
This is the cup of my blood,
the blood of the new an everlasting covenant.
It will be shed for you and for all
so that sins may be forgiven.
Do this in memory of me.

Let us proclaim together the mystery of faith.

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

In memory of his death and resurrection we offer you, Father, this life-giving bread, this saving cup. We thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you. May all of us who share in the body and blood of Christ be brought together in unity by the Holy Spirit. Lord, remember your church throughout the world; make us grow together in love with one another. Remember our brothers and sisters who have gone to their rest in the hope of rising again; bring them and all the departed into the light of your presence. Have mercy on us all; make us worthy to share eternal life with all who have done your will throughout the ages. May we praise you in union with them, and give you glory through your son, Jesus Christ. For it is through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, that all glory and honor is yours, Almighty Father, forever and ever.

Amen

Let us pray together for the coming of the kingdom as Jesus taught us:

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.

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil. And grant us peace in our day. In your mercy keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. In this peace we were called as members of a single body.

The peace of Christ be with you all.

And also with you.

Let us offer each other the sign of peace.

(The people exchange a sign of peace according to local custom.)

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: grant us peace.


This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Happy are those who are called to his supper.

Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

These are the gifts of God for the people of God. Come, for all has been made ready.

(Our communion is open to all baptized people who place their trust in Jesus Christ. Please dip the bread in the chalice.
The people who wish to participate come forward and celebrate the Eucharist.)

The body of Christ; the bread of heaven.

Amen.

The blood Christ; the cup of salvation.

Amen.


PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Eternal God, heavenly Father,
you have graciously accepted us as living members
of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ,
and you have fed us with spiritual food
in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.
Send us now into the world in peace,
and grant us strength and courage
to love and serve you
with gladness and singleness of heart;
through Christ our Lord.

Amen.




CHARGE AND BENEDICTION