INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE
The Great Thanksgiving
Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is good and right that we do.
It is good and right to give you thanks, Almighty God, for you are the source of light and life. You made us in your image and called us to new life in Jesus Christ. In all times and places your people proclaim your glory in unending praise.
Prayer of Consecration
Therefore bless now, by your Word and Sprit, both us and these gifts of bread and wine, that in receiving them by faith, may we be united with Christ and one another and remain faithful to the tasks he sets before us.
In the strength Christ gives we offer ourselves to you, giving thanks that you have called us to serve you. Amen.
Words of Institution
In union with believers in every time and beyond time we partake of these sacred elements to know Jesus Christ in the breaking of the bread and the cup.
On the night before he died for us Jesus took bread and blessed and broke it and said,
“Eat, this is my body which is broken for you. "Do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.”
Through the broken bread we participate in the body of Christ. Eat this, for it is the body of Christ, broken for you. Ministering to you in Christ name, we partake of this bread.
Through the cup of blessing, we participate in the new life Christ gives. Drink this, for it is the blood of Christ, shed for you. Ministering to you in Christ name, we partake of this cup.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Bountiful God, we give you thanks that you have refreshed us at your table by granting us the presence of Jesus Christ. Strengthen our faith, increase our love for one another and send us forth into the world in courage and peace, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit; through Jesus Christ our redeemer. Amen.
Service of Communion: Web Posting, Rev. E. Carl Howard