Prayer Of Thanksgiving For Easter Lord’s Supper

Themes: Christian Year, Easter, Scholar

The following prayer of thanksgiving may be used at the service of the Lord’s Supper for any or all of the Sundays of the Easter season. Notice how this text transforms the Lord’s Supper into a meal of celebration, an act of thanksgiving (Eucharist) to the Lord.

Minister:     The Lord be with you.

People:     And also with you.

Minister:     Lift up your hearts.

People:     We lift them to the Lord.

Minister:     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:     It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Minister:

It is truly right and our greatest joy

to give you thanks and praise, eternal God,

Creator and rule of the universe.

At your word the earth was made

and spun on its course among the planets.

Your hand formed us from the dust of the earth

and set us among all your creatures

to love and serve you.

When we were unfaithful to you,

you kept faith with us,

your love remained steadfast.

When we were slaves in Egypt,

you broke the bonds of our oppression,

brought us through the sea to freedom,

and made covenant to be our God.

By a pillar of fire you led us through the desert

to a land flowing with milk and honey,

and set before us the way of life.

You spoke of love and justice in the prophets,

and in the Word made flesh you lived among us,

manifesting your glory.

He died that we might live,

and is risen to raise us to new life.

Therefore we praise you,

joining our voices with angels and archangels

and with all the faithful of every time and place,

who forever sing to the glory of your name:

(The people may sing or say:)

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

(The minister continues:)

You are holy, O God of majesty,

and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord,

whom you sent to save us.

He came with healing in his touch,

and was wounded for our sins.

He came with mercy in his voice,

and was mocked as one despised.

He came with peace in his heart,

and met with violence and death.

By your power he broke free from the prison of the tomb,

and at his command the gates of hell were opened.

The one who was dead now lives.

The one who humbled himself is raised to rule over all creation,

the Lamb upon the throne.

The one ascended on high is with us always, as he promised.

(If they have not already been said, the words of institution may be said here, or in relation to the breaking of the bread.)

Minister:

We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus,

on the night before he died,

took bread,

and after giving thanks to you,

he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take, eat.

This is my body, given for you.

Do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way he took the cup, saying:

This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood,

shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.

Whenever you drink it,

do this in remembrance of me.

Remembering all your mighty and merciful acts,

we take this bread and this wine

from the gifts you have given us,

and celebrate with joy

the redemption won for us in Jesus Christ.

Accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving

as a living and holy offering of ourselves,

that our lives may proclaim the One crucified and risen.

(The people may sing or say one of the following:)

1

Minister:     Great is the mystery of faith:

People:     Christ has died,

Christ is risen,

Christ will come again.

2

Minister:     Praise to you, Lord Jesus:

People:     Dying you destroyed our death,

rising you restored our life.

Lord Jesus, come in glory.

3

Minister:     According to his commandment:

People:     We remember his death,

we proclaim his resurrection

we await his coming in glory.

4

Minister:     Christ is the bread of life:

People:     When we eat this bread and drink this cup,

we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus,

until you come in glory.

(The minister continues:)

Gracious God,

pour out your Holy Spirit upon us

and upon these your gifts of bread and wine,

that the bread we break

and the cup we bless

may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ.

By your Spirit make us one with Christ,

that we may be one with all who share this feast,

united in ministry in every place.

As this bread is Christ’s body for us,

send us out to be the body of Christ in the world.

(Intercessions for the church and the world may be included here.)

Nourished at this table, O God,

may we know Christ’s redemptive love

and live a new life in him.

Help us who recognize our Lord in the breaking of bread

to see and serve him in all whose lives are broken.

Give us who are fed at his hand,

grace to share our bread with the hungry

and with the hungry of heart.

Keep us faithful in your service

until Christ comes in final victory,

and we shall feast with all your saints

in the joy of your eternal realm.

Through Christ,

all glory and honor are yours, almighty Father,

with the Holy Spirit in the holy church,

now and forever.

People:     Amen.

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