(When bolded, read in unison)
MEANING OF THE SACRAMENT
Beloved in the Lord Jesus Christ, the holy Supper which we are about to celebrate
is a feast of remembrance, of communion, and of hope.
We come in remembrance that our Lord Jesus Christ was sent of the Father into the world
to assume our flesh and blood and to fulfill for us all obedience to the divine law, even to the bitter and shameful death of the cross. By his death, resurrection, and ascension he established a new and eternal covenant of grace and reconciliation that we might be accepted of God and never be forsaken by him.
We come to have communion with this same Christ who has promised to be with us always, even to the end of the world. In the breaking of the bread he makes himself known to us as the true heavenly Bread that strengthens us unto life eternal. In the cup of blessing he comes to us as the Vine in whom we must abide if we are to bear fruit.
We come in hope, believing that this bread and this cup are a pledge and foretaste of the feast of love of which we shall partake when his kingdom has fully come, when with unveiled face we shall behold him, made like unto him in his glory.
Since by his death, resurrection, and ascension Christ has obtained for us the life-giving Spirit who unites us all in one body, so are we to receive this Supper in true love, mindful of the communion of saints.
The Lord be with you.
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.
Holy and right it is, and our joyful duty to give thanks to you at all times and in all places, O Lord our Creator, almighty and everlasting God! You created heaven with all its hosts and the earth with all its plenty. You have given us life and being, and preserve us by your providence. But you have shown us the fullness of your love in sending into the world your Son, Jesus Christ, the eternal Word, made flesh for us and for our salvation. For the precious gift of this mighty Savior who has reconciled us to you we praise and bless you, O God. With your whole Church on earth and with all the company of heaven, we worship and adore your glorious name.
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!
Most righteous God, we remember in this Supper the perfect sacrifice offered once on the cross by our Lord Jesus Christ for the sin of the whole world. In the joy of his resurrection and in expectation of his coming again, we offer ourselves to you as holy and living sacrifices.
Together we proclaim the mystery of the faith:
Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again!
Send your Holy Spirit upon us, we pray, that the bread which we break and the cup which we bless may be to us the communion of the body and blood of Christ. Grant that, being joined together in him, we may attain to the unity of the faith and grow up in all things into Christ our Lord.
And as this grain has been gathered from many fields into one loaf, and these grapes from many hills into one cup, grant, O Lord, that your whole Church may soon be gathered from the ends of the earth into your kingdom. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
The Lord Jesus, the same night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it The minister shall break the bread and gave it to them, saying, “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you: do this in remembrance of me.”
After the same manner also, he took the cup when they had supped, saying, “This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
In partaking of the bread it shall be said: The bread which we break is the communion of the body of Christ. In partaking of the cup it shall be said: The cup of blessing which we bless is the communion of the blood of Christ.
(Elders invite those present to come to the table.)
THANKSGIVING AFTER COMMUNION
Brothers and sisters, since the Lord has now fed us at his Table, let us praise God’s holy name with heartfelt thanksgiving! Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and do not forget all his benefits—
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion for his children,
so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him,
who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, and will also give us all things with him.
Therefore shall my mouth and heart show forth the praise of the Lord, from this time forth forevermore. Amen. (From Psalm 103)
CHILDREN’S BLESSING (Elders if there are children in your circle, please use this.)
Thank you, God, for new opportunities to learn and grow.
Help us to open our hearts and minds to new ideas, new friends and new ways of learning.
Show us how to seek joy in all things.
When things don’t go as planned, help us rejoice in the newness. Help us rejoice in simple things like books and crayons. When we feel lonely or isolated, remind us that you are by our side. When grown-ups seem worried and wary, help them to be gentle with themselves.
As we live each day, let us rejoice in knowing that you are with us through it all.
God of joy and light, pour out your blessings upon these children.
May each of you be a blessing and light in every day! Go and light up the world!
Now to all present here today:
Go into the world, your schools and your homes and be Christ’s light!
Let your lights not be diminished in the midst of change. Let them find ways to shine even brighter.
Be the light of love to all.
Be the light of patience when days are long, when technology does not work, when new ways of doing things are hard.
Be the light to shine on new ideas and new ways.
Be thankful for the lights of others who work hard to create fun, engaging, and challenging ways to lead us.
Be the light of joy for classmates and friends.
You are the light of the world!
Go into the world and shine bright with kindness, patience, energy and love!