Eternal God, holy and mighty,

it is truly right and our greatest joy

to give you thanks and praise,

and to worship you in every time and place,

for you are ever present with and for us.

 

By your great power,

you made us in your image

and called us to be your people,

but we turned from you,

allowing sin and death to reign.

 

Still you loved us and sought us.

Through your Son Jesus, you entered into human life,

loving and leading, healing and teaching.

He gave his life to free us from sin to live a new life.

 

Since Christ Jesus died, he died to sin once for all.

Since the Christ rose from the dead, he cannot die again.

Since Jesus was raised from the dead, death has no mastery over him.

Since Christ Jesus lives, he lives to God.

 

By our baptism, we are buried with him.

By his resurrection, we are granted new life.

By our union with Christ in a death like his, like him we rise.

 

O God, we join our praise and thanks to you

with the voices and song of all people

who are baptized into Christ Jesus’ death and resurrection,

and partake of his body and blood.

 

Empower us by this meal and by your Holy Spirit,

to live as people who have died to sin,

to live as people who no longer live in sin,

to live as people of the resurrection,

to live as people who have been granted new life.

 

By this meal, rekindle in us the spark of baptism.

By this bread, make us sharers in your life, death and resurrection.

By this cup, quench all sin and water the new life you have begun in us.

 

We pray in the name of the Creator, who made us;

the Savior, who frees us;

and the Spirit, who guides us, Amen.

 

Words of Institution from 1 Corinthians 11

23For we received from the Lord what has been passed on to you:

The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread,

24and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said,

“This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

 

25In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying,

“This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this,

whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

26For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup,

you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.