Sunday 25th April 2021
We're meeting in church today at 10.00a.m. so there's no online service but we wanted to be able to share with those who are able to join us so we
share here a prayer which is central to our faith and to the sharing of bread and wine in communion: the first time we have done this since September 2020.
The Prayer of Great Thanksgiving
Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed!
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Holy Mystery, beyond knowledge, above description.
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
Source of Life, Living Word, and Bond of Love,
Creator God - nothing exists that does not find its source in you.
Not even death can defeat the power of your love.
Even when we turn away from you, you are with us;
your presence never fails us, your gift of new life transforms us.
We praise you Jesus Christ, risen to life, eternal as your love.
With the women at the tomb, we raise the strain of gladness.
With the disciples on the lake,
we see you through the mist and call your name.
It is Jesus, the Risen Christ,
who unites us as a community of believers:
loving what he loved, living what he taught,
and striving to be his faithful servants in our time and place.
As we share communion, we remember Jesus, his love, his friendship, his teaching, his dying and his rising to life again.
On the night before Jesus died, he took bread,
gave thanks, broke it, and said,
“Take and eat, whenever you do this, remember me.”
After supper, Jesus took the cup, and poured, saying,
“This is the new covenant, remember me.”
Holy Mystery, God the Spirit,
we call on you to transform these familiar things,
as you continually transform the world around us.
Bless this bread and this cup,
so that in the sharing of these simple elements
we may taste and see your goodness.
Through Christ, in Christ, and with Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory is yours, God most holy,
now and forever. Amen
Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. (Break the bread)
Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia! (Pour the wine)