Posted by Paul Mosdell

Original author is unknown. It has been adapted.


The Lord be with you
And also with you
 
Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord
 
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give Him thanks and praise
 
Gracious God, we gather to offer You our thanks and praise.  You have called us into birth and gifted our youthfulness.  You have protected our growth and blessed our maturity.  You have graced our transitions, amid the changes of life.  And you have called us as a people of faith, to embrace
our world with faith and new vision.   With gratitude in our hearts we thank you for being our companion on the journey. And in union with the Angels and the Saints, and with all who lift their voices in joy, we, too, raise our song of praise
 
Holy, Holy, Holy,
God of power and might
The whole earth is full of Your glory
Hosanna in the highest
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest
 
Gracious God, all creation celebrates your empowering presence.  All your creatures hunger for the new life you promise.  In Jesus, our friend and liberator, you reveal our humanity come of age,
the invitation to wholeness and the promise of new life.

In the power of Your creative Spirit, Jesus lived life to the full.  We, too, are blessed in the power of that same Holy Spirit, whose power we call upon now nourish and sustain us into the fullness of life through these gifts of bread and wine.

For while sharing a feast at table, Jesus took bread, blessed you, God of all good gifts.  Jesus broke the bread, shared it among friends and said: “Take this all of you and eat it; this is my body which will be given up for you.” Do this in memory of me.

After the meal, Jesus took the cup, poured out in a spirit of unity and empowerment.  He gave thanks and handed the cup to those at table saying “Take this all of you and drink from it;
this is the cup of my life-blood, the life of the new and everlasting covenant.” Do this in memory of me.

And so together we acclaim you
Nurtured by your Word, nourished by your food;
Called anew to be your people, we acclaim your praise.

As a Christian people we inherit a story of liberation and new life.  We remember the blessings of ages past, and we look forward in hope, knowing that you, our wise and faithful God,
will continue to empower us in our earthly mission.
 
As a people called to mature and adult faith, we invoke upon all gathered here, the empowering Spirit of courage and wisdom, so that we, too, are empowered to be agents of Gospel liberation.
We unite in thought and prayer with all who are weighed down by oppression, trapped in poverty, victimised by violence and exploitation. We grieve for all who will never reach their full potential,
because of the greed perpetuated by unjust systems.
 
Bless us, O God of liberation, to work for the freedom of all, to bring about a world where justice can reign and love can flourish. In the fellowship of our faith, with all the living and those gone before us, confirm our hearts in this resolve. May we never betray that fullness of life to which you invite all your people.

This prayer we make in the name of our Creator God our Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier, in with and through whom we offer our praise, this day and forever.
Amen