Order of Service – Sunday Holy Communion

The Greeting

The Lord be with you.
And also with you

or

Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father 
and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you
And also with you 

Words of Welcome and Introduction

Prayer of Preparation

Faithful one, whose word is life:
Come with saving power 
To free our praise, 
Inspire our prayer
And shape our lives
For the kingdom of your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Lord Amen

Confession

We bring our own thoughts and prayers to God
and are honest about our failure to love as he commands.
The following prayer may be used, or as led by the service leader.

God of mercy,
we acknowledge that we are all sinners.
We turn from the wrong that we have thought and said and done,
And are mindful of that we failed to do.
For the sake of Jesus, who died for us,
Forgive us all that is past,
And help us to live each day
In the light of Christ our Lord. Amen

Absolution

The Collect

This week’s Collect can be found here.

Readings

This week’s first reading can be found here.

At the end the reader says:
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

This week’s Gospel Reading can be found here.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,
according to N.
Glory to you, O Lord.

At the end:
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

The Creed

Together we declare our faith in God.
These words express the Christian belief in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family 
in heaven and on earth is named.
We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with His love.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us 
with power from on high.
We believe in one God;
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

We pray for the needs of the world, our community, the Church and for those who suffer or who are in any difficulty.

Prayers will include responses as led, and are on-line here

The following response may be used:
Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer

or

Lord, hear us 
Lord, graciously hear us 

And at the end:

Merciful Father,
accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Peace

The Peace is introduced with these or other suitable words.

God will speak peace to His people,
to those who turn to Him in their hearts.
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you 

Or

God is love
and those who live in love live in God
and God lives in them.
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

We exchange a sign of peace

Preparation of the Table

The altar is prepared and bread and wine are placed upon it.

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here.
His 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 right to give thanks and praise.

You are worthy of our thanks and praise,
Lord God of truth,
for by the breath of your mouth 
you have spoken your word,
and all things have come into being.
You fashioned us in your image
and placed us in the garden of your delight.
Though we chose the path of rebellion
you would not abandon your own.
Again and again you drew us into your covenant of grace.
You gave your people the law 
and taught us by your prophets to look for your reign
of justice, mercy and peace.
As we watch for the signs of your kingdom on earth,
we echo the song of the angels in heaven,
evermore praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and God of might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory. 
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,
hosanna in the highest.

Lord God, you are the most holy one,
enthroned in splendour and light,
yet in the coming of your Son Jesus Christ 
you reveal the power of your love 
made perfect in our human weakness.

Embracing our humanity,
Jesus showed us the way of salvation.
Loving us to the end,
He gave Himself to death for us.
Dying for His own,
He set us free from the bonds of sin,
that we might rise and reign with Him in glory.
Amen. Lord, we believe.

On the night He gave up himself for us all
He took bread and gave you thanks;
He broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper
He took the cup and gave you thanks;
He gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you; 
this is my blood of the new covenant
which is shed for you and for many 
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.
Amen. Lord, we believe.

Therefore we proclaim the death 
that He suffered on the cross,
we celebrate His resurrection, 
His bursting from the tomb,
we rejoice that He reigns at your right hand on high
and we long for His coming in glory.

As we recall the one, perfect sacrifice of our redemption,
Father, by your Holy Spirit 
let these gifts of your creation 
be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;
form us into the likeness of Christ
and make us a perfect offering in your sight.
Amen. Come, Holy Spirit.

Look with favour on your people
and in your mercy hear the cry of our hearts.
Bless the earth, heal the sick,
let the oppressed go free
and fill your Church with power from on high.
Amen. Come, Holy Spirit.

Gather your people from the ends of the earth
to feast with St Andrew and all your saints
at the table in your kingdom,
where the new creation is brought to perfection
in Jesus Christ our Lord;
by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins 
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, 
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.  Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.

Giving of Communion

God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.
Jesus Christ is holy,
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Prayer after Communion

Lord ,
we have broken your bread
and received your life
By the power of your Spirit
keep us always in your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

or

Fill us, good Lord, with your Spirit of love;
and as you have fed us with the one bread of heaven,
so make us one in heart and mind,
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen 

The Blessing and Dismissal

An appropriate ending and blessing will be used.

Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ.  Amen.

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