Most merciful and ever-loving Savior, at your invitation, we come to you to receive renewed assurance of the forgiveness of our sins and of our fellowship with you. Conscious of our unworthiness and confessing our sins, we come because you have offered us complete redemption. Cleanse our hearts and lives from all that is evil, we beseech you.
I confess to you, O God, that I have sinned in thought, word, and deed,
through my own fault; wherefore I pray that you will have mercy on me. O Lord forgive me all my sins and deliver me from evil; confirm me in all goodness; and bring me to life everlasting, through Jesus Christ. Amen
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Dearly beloved, hear the gracious invitation of our Lord and Savior: ‘Come unto me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’ ‘I am the Bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes on me shall never thirst.’
Holy God, Creator of the universe, we joyfully thank you and praise your name. You formed the heavens and the earth in your wisdom and created all things by your power. You placed us in families on the earth to live with you in faith. We praise you for good gifts of bread and wine, and for the table you spread in a world as a sign of your love for all people. We praise you, Lord, for sending your only Son Jesus to live among us, full of grace and truth. He made you known to all who receive him.
Sharing our joy and sorrow, Jesus healed the sick, befriend sinners, and showed us the way to everlasting life. Even having taken up his cross and dying that we might live, Jesus overcame death and is risen in power. Jesus is with us still, victorious over every power that can hurt or divide us.
And so, in remembrance of all your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we take this bread and cup and give you thanks and praise. Pour out your Spirit upon us, that this bread and cup may be for us the body and blood of Christ, and that we, and all who share this feast, may be one with Christ and Christ with us. Full us with eternal life, that with joy we may be Christ’s faithful people until we feast with Christ in glory.
Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. AMEN.
Watchword for the Week
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. 1 Corinthians 15:20
The Lord said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Jesus said, “Because I live, you also will live.” John 14:19
Prayer for Today
Risen Lord, we celebrate your resurrection and claim your transcending love. Thank you for your living and loving presence in our lives. Help us to realize the joy and comfort of living for you. Amen
Congregation Watchword for the Year
The Lord will bless his people with peace. Psalm 29:1