This form contains the essential elements for celebrating the sacrament as prescribed by the CRC, as well as some options and alternative prayers for seasonal or topical use. Rubrics, alternatives, and options are presented in italics. Once you've chosen options, print.

The Invitation

Welcome to the feast of the Lord. All who are baptized and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are invited to join in this meal.  Or other words that bring forward the theme of the sermon of the day.
Since many congregations may benefit from learning more about the Lord’s Supper, people may find it helpful if the minister uses various brief additional words of invitation that accent different aspects of the meaning of the sacrament. The following are suggestions.

Christ invites all his baptized people who trust in Christ as their Savior to dine at his table, where he will feed them with himself by the Holy Spirit. Come to receive all the benefits and blessings of his atoning death, his life-giving resurrection, and his ascended lordship.

We come to the table not just as individuals but as a community. By sharing the
loaf and the cup, Christ makes us one with him and with each other.

Just as we are nourished by the food we eat, Christ nourishes us spiritually at this table with the bread of heaven and the cup of salvation.

This is the joyful feast of the Lord, for the elements we receive symbolize not just the flesh and blood of the crucified Lord but the life-giving flesh and blood of the risen and ascended Lord.

As we come to the table as repentant sinners, Christ wants to assure us of his forgiveness. As we come with our struggles, Christ wants to assure us of his living presence. As we come with our doubts, Christ wants to touch us with the flesh and blood reality of his life.

At the Lord’s Supper we look back, remembering the whole story of our salvation; we look around, seeing that we are together members of the body of Christ; we look forward to the great banquet in God’s coming kingdom; and we look up to our ascended Lord, who promises to feed us with his body and blood by the Holy Spirit.

Congregation of Jesus Christ, the Lord has prepared his table for all who love him and trust in him alone for their salvation. All who are truly sorry for their sins, who sincerely believe in the Lord Jesus as their Savior, and who desire to live in obedience to him as Lord, are now invited to come with gladness to the table of the Lord.

The Thanksgiving

[The people stand.]
Minister:  Lift up your hearts.
People:  We lift them up to the Lord.
Minister:  Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.
People:  It is right for us to give thanks and praise.
Minister:  [Offers one of the following Prayers of Thanksgiving]

[General]
With joy we praise you, gracious Father,
for you have created heaven and earth,
made us in your image, and kept covenant with us— even when we fell into sin.
We give you thanks for Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who by his life, death, and resurrection
opened to us the way of everlasting life.

[for Advent or Christ’s return]
With joy we praise you, gracious Father,
for you have created heaven and earth,
made us in your image, and kept covenant with us— even when we fell into sin.
We give you thanks for Jesus Christ, our Lord,
whose coming opened to us the way of salvation and whose triumphant return we eagerly await.

[for Christmas or incarnation]
With joy we praise you, gracious Father,
for you have created heaven and earth,
made us in your image, and kept covenant with us— even when we fell into sin.
We give you thanks for Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who came among us as the Word made flesh to show us your glory, full of grace and truth.

[for (or after) Epiphany or missions]
With joy we praise you, gracious Father,
for you have created heaven and earth,
made us in your image, and kept covenant with us— even when we fell into sin.
We give you thanks for Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who came as the light of the world
to show us your way of truth in parables and miracles.

[for Lent or repentance]
With joy we praise you, gracious Father,
for you have created heaven and earth,
made us in your image, and kept covenant with us— even when we fell into sin.
We give you thanks for Jesus Christ, our Lord,
by whose grace we may triumph over temptation,
be more fervent in prayer, and be more generous in love.

[for Holy Week and Lamb of God]
With joy we praise you, gracious Father,
for you have created heaven and earth,
made us in your image, and kept covenant with us— even when we fell into sin.
We give you thanks for Jesus Christ, our Lord, who became the true Paschal Lamb that was sacrificed for our salvation.

[for Easter or new life]
With joy we praise you, gracious Father,
for you have created heaven and earth,
made us in your image, and kept covenant with us— even when we fell into sin.
We give you thanks for Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who by his glorious resurrection
overcame the power of sin and gave us new life.

[for Ascension, the celebration of Christ’s reign]
With joy we praise you, gracious Father,
for you have created heaven and earth,
made us in your image, and kept covenant with us— even when we fell into sin.
We give you thanks for Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who was exalted as King of the universe,
that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow.

[for Pentecost and the celebration of the Holy Spirit]
With joy we praise you, gracious Father,
for you have created heaven and earth,
made us in your image, and kept covenant with us— even when we fell into sin.
We give you thanks for Jesus Christ, our Lord,
and for the pouring forth of your Holy Spirit,
who equips us for service and leads us into your truth.

[Adapted from the Contemporary Testimony]

Minister:  We thank you, our Lord, for the hope this meal gives us, that Jesus will return as triumphant King, that the dead will be raised, and that all people will stand before his judgment. We face that day without fear, for you, our Judge, are our Savior. May our daily lives of service aim for the moment when the Son will present his people to the Father and God will be shown to be true, holy, and gracious.

People (optional):  With the whole creation we wait for the purifying fire of judgment. For then we will see you face to face. You will heal our hurts, end our wars, and make the crooked straight. Then we will join in the new song to the Lamb without blemish, who made us a kingdom and priests. You, our God, will be all in all, righteousness and peace will flourish, everything will be made new, and every eye will see at last that our world belongs to God! Hallelujah! Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.

[If using the optional People’s response found above skip to The Words of Institution.]