Call to Worship
Jesus says, “For where two or three are gathered in my name,
I am there among them.”
Call to Confession
The elder calls the people to confess their sins:
In the Lord's Supper,
Christ is with us.
The bread will remind us of the body of Christ.
The cups will remind us of the blood of Christ.
As we prepare to receive this great gift,
let us pray and admit to God that we have not always done what He wanted us to do.
Prayer of Confession
God of love,
we confess that we have sinned against you.
We have not always loved others as you wanted us to.
We have not always obeyed your Ten Commandments.
There have been times when we have been selfish.
There have been times when we have thought mean and angry things.
Forgive us, dear Lord.
Forgive us and help us to live the lives you want us to live.
In your name we pray,
Declaration of Forgiveness
The elder declares the assurance of God's forgiving grace:
The Bible reminds us that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that who ever believes in Him would have eternal life.
This is the Good News of the Gospel –
God loves us and forgives us.
Invitation to the Lord's Table
The elder says:
Now that we have asked God to forgive us,
we are now ready to receive this gift of the Bread and Cup of Christ.
This is called the Lord’s Supper.
It is also called Holy Communion.
In a moment I will offer you a piece of bread,
You may take that bread and eat it and remember that Christ is with you.
Then I will give you a sip of a drink.
It is grape juice, but in the Lord’s Supper we often call this drink “wine,”
because when Jesus first gave us Holy Communion
they did not have grape juice, but used wine.
Before we receive the bread and the cup, let us pray.
with thanksgiving we take this bread and this cup.
Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us
that this Bread and Cup may be
a communion in the body and blood of our Lord.
Unite us in faith, encourage us with hope, inspire us to love,
that we may serve as your faithful disciples.
The elder breaks the bread, saying:
1 Cor. 11:23-26; Luke 22:19-20
The Lord Jesus, on the night of his arrest, took bread,
and after giving thanks to God,
he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:
This is my body, given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.
The elder lifts a cup, saying:
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.
The elder and those present receive Communion.
In giving the bread say:
The body of Christ, given for you.
In giving the cup say:
The cup of Christ, for you.
Prayer After Communion
After all have been served, the elder says this or a similar prayer:
Let us pray:
We are not worthy to gather up the crumbs under your table,
but you always have mercy, and you welcome us to the table
and you feed us with the bread and the cup.
We thank you, O God,
The elder gives God's blessing to those present,
2 Thess. 3:18
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.