Minister: In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
People: Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Minister: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.
And now as our Lord gives to us his peace, so let us pass the peace to
each other, saying, "The peace of the Lord be with you."
[Here the people express their unity by greeting each other with these or similar words.]
Confession and Assurance
The Call to Confession
Minister: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in darkness,
we lie and do not live by the truth.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,
we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves
and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:5b-8)
All: Most holy and merciful Father,
We confess to you and to one another,
that we have sinned against you
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our
whole heart and mind and strength.
We have not fully loved our neighbors
as ourselves. We have not always had in us the
mind of Christ. You alone know how often we have
grieved you by wasting your gifts, by wandering from your ways,
by forgetting your love. Forgive us, we pray you,
most merciful Father, and free us from our sin.
Renew in us the grace and strength of your Holy Spirit,
for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son, our Savior. Amen.
The Declaration of Pardon
Minister: To all who confess themselves to be sinners, humbling themselves
before God and believing in the Lord Jesus Christ for their salvation,
I declare this sure promise: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just
and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).
All Sing: Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen. Amen.
Minister: Let us, God's forgiven people, now listen to his law for our lives.
[Here the minister proclaims God's covenant law as a guide for our lives, as
it is found in the Decalogue or some other scriptural passage.]
Proclamation of the Word
Minister: Let us pray:
Almighty God, grant us your Spirit,
that we may rightly understand and
truly obey your Word of truth.
Open our hearts that we may love
what you command and desire what you promise.
Set us free from private distractions that we may hear
and from selfish pride that we may receive
the promise of your grace.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Minister or other member: [Scripture readings]
Minister or other member: [Prayer for blessing on the Word]
Minister: Let us together confess the faith of the church at all times and in
All: [Say or sing the Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed.]
The Intercessory Prayer
[Prayers led by the minister or by some other member.]
Minister: Let us present our gifts to God. [Here the offerings are received.
At the conclusion the people sing.]
*All sing: Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise him all creatures here below.
Praise him above ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
The Lord's Supper
Minister: Brothers and sisters in Christ, the gospels tell us that on the
first day of the week, the day on which our Lord rose from the dead, he
appeared to some of his disciples and was made known to them in the breaking
of bread. Come, then, to the joyful feast of our Lord.
[If the communion elements are not already on the table, they may be brought
forward at this point.]
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.
It is our joy and our peace,
at all times and in all places
to give thanks to you, holy Father, almighty, everlasting God,
through Christ our Lord.
Minister: We bless you for your continual love and care for every creature.
We praise you for forming us in your image and calling us to be your people.
We thank you that you did not abandon us in our rebellion against your
love, but sent prophets and teachers to lead us into the way of salvation.
Above all we thank you for sending Jesus, your Son, to deliver us from
the way of sin and death by the obedience of his life, by his suffering upon
the cross, and by his resurrection from the dead. We praise you that he now
reigns with you in glory and ever lives to pray for us.
We thank you for the Holy Spirit, who leads us into truth, defends us in
adversity, and out of every people unites us into one holy church.
Therefore with the whole company of saints in heaven and on earth we
worship and glorify you, God most holy, and we sing with joy.
All sing: Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name,
in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!
Minister: We give thanks to God the Father that our Savior, Jesus Christ,
before he suffered, gave us this memorial of this sacrifice, until he comes
again. "The Lord Jesus, on the night when he was betrayed, took bread, and
when he had given thanks, he broke it 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, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever
you drink it, in remembrance of me.' For whenever you eat this bread and drink
this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes." (1 Cor. 11:23-26)
All: We shall do as our Lord commands.
We proclaim that our Lord Jesus
was sent by the Father into the world,
that he took upon himself our
flesh and blood,
and bore the wrath of God
against our sin.
We confess that he was condemned
to die that we might be pardoned,
and suffered death that we might live.
We proclaim that he is risen to
make us right with God,
and that he shall come again in
the glory of his new creation.
This we do now, and until he comes again.
Prayer of Consecration
Minister: Heavenly Father, show forth among us the presence of your
life-giving Word and Holy Spirit, to sanctify us and your whole church through
this sacrament. Grant that all who share the body and blood of our Savior
Jesus Christ may be one in him and may remain faithful in love and hope. And
as this grain has been gathered from many fields into one loaf and these
grapes from many hills into one cup, grant, O Lord, that your whole church may
soon be gathered from the ends of the earth into your kingdom. Now, as our
Savior Christ has taught us, we pray:
All: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be . . .
Preparation of the Elements
[as the minister breaks the bread and pours the cup]
Minister: The bread which we break
is a sharing in the body of Christ.
People: We who are many are one body,
for we all share the same loaf.
Minister: The cup for which we give thanks
is a sharing in the blood of Christ.
People: The cup which we drink
is our participation in the blood of Christ.
Minister: Congregation in the Lord 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, are now invited to
come with gladness to the table of the Lord.
All: Holy Father, in thanks for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ,
in the joy of his resurrection,
in the hope of his coming again,
we present ourselves a living sacrifice
and come to the table of our Lord.
[as the minister indicates the elements]
Minister: The gifts of God for the people of God.
[when the people are ready to eat the bread]
Minister: Take, eat, remember and believe that the body of our Lord Jesus
Christ was given for the complete forgiveness of all our sins.
[when the people are ready to drink the cup]
Minister: Take, drink, remember and believe that the precious blood of our
Lord Jesus Christ was shed for the complete forgiveness of all our sins.
Minister: Congregation in Christ, since the Lord has fed us at his table, let
us praise his holy name with thanksgiving.
[Sing together Psalm 103 or say in unison]:
All: Praise the Lord, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.
He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases;
he redeems my life from the pit
and crowns me with love and compassion.
He satisfies my desires with good things,
so that my youth is renewed like the eagle's (Ps. 103:1-5).
Minister: The peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and
minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ, our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be among you
and remain with you always.
Minister: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
*indicates congregation stands
This service, approved by the Synod of 1981, contains portions of a synodically approved Lord's Supper form. These components, which should be read in their entirety and not changed in any way, are the following: the introduction spoken by the minister ("Brothers and sisters in Christ . . ."); the first part of the thanksgiving (through "Christ our Lord"); the institution; the memorial; the preparation of the elements; and the communion.