Greeting from the Congregation
A Brief Reading from Scripture
Suggested readings: John 6:46-51, Romans 8:31-39, Psalm 36:5-9, or other appropriate readings, or perhaps the text from the Sunday sermon.
[This may be followed by a brief personal meditation.]
Invitation to Communion
[One of the following or another appropriate invitation:]
The Prayer of Thanksgiving
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. Amen.
Or an extemporaneous prayer of thanksgiving.
The Words of Institution
Our Savior, Jesus Christ, before he suffered, gave us this memorial of his sacrifice, until he comes again. At his last supper, the Lord Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it [here the minister breaks the bread] and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, he took the cup after supper [here the minister pours the wine] and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this in remembrance of me.”
Prayer of Consecration
Lord, our God, send your Holy Spirit so that this bread and cup may be for us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. May we and all your saints be united with Christ and remain faithful in hope and love, and may this, the bread of life, bring healing of body, mind, and spirit. Through Christ, our Lord, Amen.
[Where appropriate, conclude with the Lord’s Prayer spoken together.]
Eternal God, heavenly Father,
you have graciously accepted us as living members
of your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ,
and you have fed us with spiritual food
in the sacrament of his body and blood.
May Christ’s love live in our hearts each day
and his victorious life sustain us in our weakness.
Through Christ, our Lord, Amen.
[The following or another appropriate blessing may be said—and, where appropriate, with laying on of hands.]
The blessing of almighty God—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—
be with you now, and remain with you forever. Amen.