An Act of Remembrance

 

OPENING SENTENCES & INVOCATION

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

And also with you.

Christ is with us.

Christ is in our midst.

Whether gathered or scattered,

Christ abides with his people.

 

Eternal God, companion of all who seek you, and seeker of all who turn away from you, you are with each of us already. Draw nearer still, and help us to step aside from the many demands and burdens of this life that we might draw nearer to you.  Grant us always and everywhere the grace to love and to serve you that we may find in your will our true freedom; through Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life, the one who taught us how to pray…

THE LORD’S PRAYER

"Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

CONFESSION

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

We make the words of the psalmist our own and seek with one voice the forgiveness we need.

Have mercy on us, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out our transgressions. Wash us thoroughly from our iniquity, and cleanse us from our sin. Create in us a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within us. Cast us not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from us. Restore to us the joy of your salvation, and uphold us with a willing spirit. Amen. 

[Time of Silent Confession]

 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Through Jesus Christ we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand.

Hear the good news.  In Jesus Christ you are forgiven.

We hear, we believe, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. Amen.

 

INVITATION

Luke, the evangelist, wrote of our risen Savior, who at the table with two of the disciples took bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. Their eyes were opened, and they recognized the risen Christ in the breaking of the bread.

In company with all believers in every time and beyond time, we seek to know you through the simple elements which now lay before us.

PRAYER AND WORDS OF REMEMBRANCE

God be with you.

And also with you.

Lift your hearts.

We lift them to God.

Let us give thanks to God Most High.

It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Holy God, our loving Creator, close to us as breathing and distant as the farthest star, we thank you for your constant love for all you have made.

 

We thank you for all that sustains life, for all people of faith in every generation who have given themselves to your will, and especially for Jesus Christ, whom you have sent from your own being as our Savior.

 

We praise you for Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection, and for the calling forth of your church for its mission in the world.

 

Gifted by the presence of your Holy Spirit, we offer ourselves to you as we unite our voices with the entire family of your faithful people everywhere:

Holy, holy, holy God of love and majesty, the whole universe speaks of your glory, O God, Most High. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of our God! Hosanna in the highest!

 

Come, Holy Spirit, come. You are not confined to one place or another.  Come into the heart and home of each and every one of us.  Come and bless us, as we eat of the bread and drink of the cup that each of us has prepared.  Fill our minds with an awareness of your love and grace.  Fill our hearts with a new found zeal to live as your people in the world.  With great humility and thanksgiving, we remember all you have done for us in Jesus.  As we remember him, remember us. 

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

As we remember him, remember us.  Remember us here and now and renew our faith. Remember us when our days are done and gather us in the company of your people from all places and times.

Amen. Come, Holy Spirit.

CONSUMPTION OF ELEMENTS

 

Merciful God, as sisters and brothers in faith, we recall anew these words and acts of Jesus Christ. Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat: This is my body.”

“Take, eat: This is my body.”

 

Take now the bread before you, break and eat, and remember Jesus our Lord who was broken for you and of whose body you are a part.

 

After supper, Jesus, took a cup, and after giving thanks, gave it to the disciples and said: “Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

“Drink of it, all of you."

 

Take the cup before you, drink and remember Jesus whose blood was shed for you.

[silent prayer and reflection]

 

HYMN - SUNG TO THE TUNE OF AMAZING GRACE

We thank you, God, for feeding us
in Jesus Christ our Lord:
his body broken is our food,
our life, his cleansing blood.

Through him we offer you ourselves--
our all, to be your own;
a holy, living sacrifice
to lay before your throne.

So send us out into the world
your glory to proclaim,
and in your Holy Spirit's power
to live and praise your name.

 

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Let us join our voices in our prayer.

We give thanks, almighty God, for the opportunity to connect with one another and recall together, all that you have done for us in history.  We thank you for being at work in these moments too, for drawing us closer to you, for renewing our faith that whether gathered or scattered, we may remain always the servant people of the servant Christ, in whose name we rejoice to pray. Amen.