The Lord is here
God’s Spirit is with us
Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is our joy to give God thanks and praise.
It is by grace that we have known you
O God of this and every age.
In mercy you heard the cry
of your enslaved people
and reached out to deliver them.
In lovingkindness you offered a covenant
to bind yourself in faithfulness
to the fragile Hebrew community.
When they chose their own path
you sent prophets to speak your word
and reveal your heart of love.
With generations before us we say
Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory;
hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord;
Hosanna in the highest.
Through grace, in the fullness of time,
you sent your Son to be our Saviour.
Born of Mary, nurtured by rabbis,
he came to love your law
and embrace your prophets.
We rejoice to sing your praise that
in Jesus, your covenant
is opened to all peoples.
By his life, death and resurrection
you restore your image within us
and give us a share in your new creation.
On the night he offered up his life
Jesus took bread, and after blessing it
he broke it, gave it to his disciples,
and said, “Take, eat: this is my body
which is given for you;
do this to remember me.”
Then he took the cup, and after giving thanks,
he gave it to them saying,
“Drink from it, all of you:
for this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is poured out for many
for the forgiveness of sins.”
We remember Christ’s death:
we proclaim his resurrection;
we await Christ’s coming in glory.
By grace, you enable us to grow
in holiness in Christ’s community.
Through prayer, your Spirit
opens our hearts to this world
in all its promise and pain,
and to your heart of suffering love.
Give us an assurance to live your gospel
of healing and hope.
Come Spirit of God
transform this bread and wine
and our broken lives
to reveal the unity of the Body of Christ. Amen.
The bread which we break
is a sharing in the Body of Christ.
The cup of blessing for which we give thanks
is a sharing in the blood of Christ.
Behold the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
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