The Lord's Supper

When we share the cup of the Lord and break bread together, we express our common participation in the benefits of Jesus' death for us. So we should examine ourselves before we eat the bread and drink the cup, confessing our sins to God, acknowledging the need to care for one another, and renewing our trust in the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus.

 

Merciful Lord, we come here to your table
trusting in your measureless grace and not in our own goodness.
Even though we are not worthy to eat the crumbs under your table,
you are always rich in mercy.
Gracious Lord, enable us by faith
to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ,
and to drink his blood,
so that we may be cleansed and forever dwell in him,
and he is us. Amen.

We thank you our heavenly Father that in your love and mercy
you gave your only Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross to save us.
By this offering of himself once and for all time,
Jesus made the perfect, complete sacrifice for the sins of the whole world,
satisfying your just demands in full.
Jesus commanded us to remember his death until his coming again.
Hear us, merciful Father, and grant that we who eat and drink this bread and wine
may remember his death and share in his body and blood.
On the night he was betrayed, Jesus took the bread in his hands.
He gave you thanks and broke it. Then he gave it to his disciples, saying,
'Take and eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.'
In the same way after the meal, Jesus took the cup in his hands.
He gave you thanks. Then he gave it to them, saying,
'Drink from this, all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant,
which is poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.' Amen.

Distribution of Bread and Wine

Father, as we have received these gifts of bread and wine,
you have fed us with the spiritual food of the body and blood
of our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Thank you for assuring us of your goodness and love,
and that we are members of his body.
Renew us by your Holy Spirit,
unite us in the body of your Son,
and bring us with all your people
into the joy of your eternal kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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