Coming To The Table

(Adapted from Brian Wren)

PASSING THE PEACE

The peace of the Lord be with you always.

And also with you.

(The people greet each other in Christ's name.)

CHRIST'S INVITATION AND OUR RESPONSE

What do we bring to Christ's table?

We bring bread, made by many people's work,

from a world where some have plenty and most go hungry.

At this table, all are fed, and no one turned away.

Thanks be to God!

What do we bring to Christ's table?

We bring the fruit of the vine, crushed from many grapes,

from a crushed and broken world which cries for peace and justice.

At this table, all share the cup of pain and joy of salvation.

Thanks be to God!

What do we bring to Christ's table?

We bring joys and concerns, from our hectic everyday world of love and labor.

At this table all are heard and held in prayer.

Thanks be to God!

What do we bring to Christ's table?

We bring our gifts and offerings,

returning to God the first fruits of our labors.

At this table, we share what we have with those who have need.

Thanks be to God!

(Bring offerings forward. Return and remain standing.)

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

Lift up your hearts!

We lift our hearts to God.

Let us give thanks to the living God.

It is right, and always right,

with heart and mind and strength

to give God thanks and praise.

We thank and praise you,

Source of all life, Lover of Creation,

whose Wisdom gave birth to all things

and cradled the earth.

We thank you that we are not our own,

but are woven in the web of living things.

You have created us, and called us in this life to be one with you and to be your people here on earth.

You fill us with worth, call us to account, and promise us life eternal.

Therefore with all your people, past, present, and to come,

and all the company of heaven, we praise your name, singing in joy and wonder (HWB 121):

Holy God, we praise thy name.

Lord of all, we bow before thee.

All on earth thy scepter claim;

all in heav'n above adore thee.

Infinite thy vast domain,

everlasting is thy reign.

(Please be seated.)

We thank you for Jesus, your Anointed One,

born of a woman, Word made flesh,

in whom is fully revealed your goodness and love.

We thank you for Christ,

the Great Example and Redeemer,

who shows what human life is meant to be,

and reaches out to all of us

in costly, unexpected, life-giving love.

We remember his life among us,

his death on the cross,

and his resurrection in glory.

We remember that on the night when he was betrayed,

to be crucified by unjust powers,

he had a meal with his disciples.

He took bread and a cup from the meal-table and said:

"This is my body, given for you.

Do this in remembrance of me."

"This cup is the new covenant sealed by my blood.

Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."

Doing this, he showed us that his life

would be poured out,

and that through his suffering and death,

God would release new energies of life,

love, justice, and peace for all earth's people.

Living God, by the presence of the Holy Spirit, give us your life and love in Christ as we share this bread and cup.

May your Spirit bring unity and peace to all living things, and all earth's people.

As we partake of Christ's saving death and rejoice in the resurrection,

So we wait in hope for the wedding feast of the Lamb and sing of new creation.

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

God of our hope, send your Spirit upon this congregation,

and on these gifts of bread and wine,

that we may be for the world the body of Christ.

Make us one with Christ, one with each other,

and one in ministry to all the world

as we await the day of his coming.

In hope, let us pray the prayer Jesus taught us:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.

CONSECRATION

The bread which we break is the communion of the body of Christ.

The cup which we bless is the communion of the blood of Christ.

The gifts of God for the people of God.

INVITATION TO RECEIVE COMMUNION

This is the table, not of the Church, but of the Lord…

Let us partake.

(Come forward to receive the bread and dip it in the cup.)

Let us pray: Most glorious God, generous in love, we praise you for this supper,

and all you give and promise us here.

Now we give ourselves to you and to each other.

May this Sunday morning be a new beginning

in worship, prayer, and the living out of your gospel here,

and in all the world,

through Jesus Christ, to whom,

with you and the Holy Spirit—one God—

be glory and honor, now and forevermore. Amen.