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Eucharistic Prayer

31 August 2014

Celebrant: God be with you

People: And also with you

Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift our hearts to God

 

Celebrant: We embrace all that is holy as we say:

 

Sanctus (insert)

 

Celebrant: Holy God, through the seasons of our lives, we struggle to know you; we wrestle with questions and doubts and what it means to be faithful, to lose our lives to save them, to take up our crosses and follow you.

 

We try to hold fast to all that is good and true, but even so, we sometime cause hurt; we betray others, and we are not faithful to our best selves. We long to know your saving presence with us, especially when life challenges us to be brave and wise. We look for ways forward out of sadness and pain, for ourselves and for all people. Like Jesus’ disciples, after he had gone from them, we look for signs of your love and strength, signs of life’s deep meaning and goodness.

 

In faith, we find those signs, especially when we remember how, on the night before he died, Jesus took bread, gave thanks to you, broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take, eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.

 

After supper, he took the cup of wine, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink this, all of you; this is my blood, poured out for you and for everyone. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.”

 

May these gifts of bread and wine indeed be signs and substance for us of your presence within us and throughout creation, and may they strengthen us to live with power and compassion in the assurance of your blessing. Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

 

The Breaking of the Bread

Celebrant: This bread and wine, given for all people.

Be what you see, receive who you are.

 

The Communion

 

Post Communion Prayer

 

The Blessing

 

People: Thanks be to God.

 

Topics: Prayer and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 5: Non-Dogmatic Searchers. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Rituals: Communion and Eucharist. Resource Types: Liturgical Element.

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