Presider: God be with you.
People: And also with you.
Presider: Open your hearts.
People: We open our hearts to God.
Presider: We embrace all that is holy throughout all time and space as we sing: (Sanctus)
Presider: As we travel the path of Lent, we mourn the dark places in our souls and in our
world. We look for healing of the wounds of our existence, for a saving balm
for our troubles and for the brokenness of the world.
Speaker 1: We remember Jesus’ temptations as we struggle with temptations of our own.
Speaker 2: We wander in our own wildernesses, often lonely and hungry for love.
Speaker 3: We try to follow Jesus, but we struggle with our own crosses.
Speaker 4: We lose the essence of our lives, trying to save what only proves false.
Presider: And yet, we are not disconsolate. Like the disciples, we hold on to hope and
encouragement; we share our stories, and we keep faith. Like the disciples,
we gather together at table, trusting in Jesus to be present with us when we do.
And we remember how, on the night before he died, Jesus took bread, and
when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples and said,
“Take, eat: This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance
Co-Presider: After supper, he took the cup of wine, and when he had give 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 everyone for the forgiveness
of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”
Presider: Gracious God, may this bread and wine, the gifts of your creation and the work
of human hands, be blessed by your love. May they be for us the body and
blood of Christ, and may we, in sharing them, be strengthened, not only to bear
our crosses, but to live and serve with courage, gratitude and joy. Amen
Co-Presider: And now as our Savior Christ has taught us, let us pray: (Lord’s Prayer, trad. form)
Bread is broken in silence or with a sung fraction
Presider: The gifts of God for the people of God.
We give thanks for this common meal that brings us together in Jesus’ name. May the spiritual food from this table inspire us with your love, and may your love touch others through us as we go forth from this place to do the work you have given us to do. Amen