I pray sharing these words below reminds of the importance of being together.
The invitation to the Lord's Supper
Jesus said, "I am the bread of life.
Whoever comes to me will never go hungry,
and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
And whoever comes to me I will never turn away.
Brothers and sisters in Christ,
come to this holy table and hear the gracious words of our Lord.
Rev. 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,
I will come in and eat with them, and them with me.
On this God’s day of rest, God’s day of resurrection,
God’s day of the Spirits blessing.
We are invited to come to the table of our Lord.
Come to this table not because you can but because you may,
share in communion with one another and with our Lord and saviour.
All he asks is that we come in a spirit of humility,
willing to serve God, and willing to serve one another.
Let the greatest among us be like the youngest.
The leaders like those who serve
For he who is greater, is the one who is at the table with us.
Christ says I am among you as one who serves.
So let us confess our sins as we prepare for the table.
Pray a prayer of thanksgiving and forgiveness
Jesus, we receive your love poured out
for us in Bread and Wine.
Accept these gifts of our lives,
brought to this table without conditions
Lord do your work in us & let us be like you.
Taken, Blessed & given for others
For in spite of our sin
you know we love you, & you love us.
Accept the forgiveness that is offered to us.
O Lord, we ask you to bless and sanctify these your gifts
of bread and wine that we set before you,
that they may be to us as the body of Jesus Christ our Lord,
So that, eating and drinking them,
we are made one with Him and he with us.
And in fellowship with your whole Church in heaven and on earth
We offer ourselves to you – all that we have and all that we are;
And we beg for your help, that being fed at your table
we may from now on be better servants of our Master Jesus Christ.
As Paul and countless other generations of Christians have said,
I too am able to say.
For I have received of the Lord, that which also I delivered unto you,
that Jesus on the night in which he was betrayed.
Took bread and when he had given thanks,
he broke it and said, take eat
this is my body which is broken for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.
May the body of Christ feed and change you.
In the same manner he also took the cup
when he had drunk from it, he said.
‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.’
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup,
you also share the Lords death until he comes again.
May the blood of Christ make you whole.
Our prayers for others
Lord, we thank you that you want us to be fruitful branches
with you at the centre of our lives.
We pray for people we want to witness to
Lord, to be good fruit, serving each other for your glory. Amen.’