Holy Communion (shorter form)

Holy Communion (Shorter form) 2017

Holy Communion or Lord’s Supper – Shorter Form

Let us pray together:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and rightly honour your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matt 22:37-40)

Lord, have mercy on us, and write these your commandments in our hearts and minds so that we may keep them. Amen.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, Holy Scripture teaches us that we are to examine our lives before we take part in the holy fellowship of the Lord’s Supper.

God, in his infinite love and mercy, gave his only beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us sinners on the cross. He atoned there for our sins, that we might become God’s children by adoption and grace, and have everlasting life. We have come to remember Christ’s death and all that it means, as he himself instructed. But before we do this, we must judge ourselves, we must repent of the sins we have committed, we must firmly trust in Christ our Saviour, and we must praise and thank him for his great love for us.
You who truly and earnestly repent of your sins, come near with faith and take this holy sacrament to strengthen you in your daily life. But first, let us confess our sins to Almighty God together:

Almighty God, you are the creator of the universe and the judge of all. We confess that we have sinned against you in thought, in word, and deed. We have not loved you as we ought, we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves, and we are sinners by nature. Most merciful Father, through your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us all the evil we have done, and the good we have left undone, and grant that we may serve and please you from this time forward, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, through the sacrifice of your Son, Jesus Christ, you have promised forgiveness of sins to all who truly repent and firmly trust in him. Have mercy on us. Pardon and deliver us from all our sins, and strengthen us to do your will, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, and our duty at all times and in all places is to give thanks to you, Lord, holy Father, mighty creator, and eternal God.
Therefore, with angels and archangels, and with the whole company of Heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, evermore praising you and saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Glory to you, Lord most high. Amen.

Let us pray 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 forever. Amen.

Let us pray for the extension of Christ’s kingdom:
Almighty God, the creator and rescuer of all mankind, we humbly implore you for all people everywhere, that you would be pleased to make your ways known to them, your saving power to all nations.
You have called your church to witness that you were in Christ, reconciling the world to yourself. Help us to thus proclaim the good news of your love, that all who hear it may be drawn to you, through him who was lifted up on the cross, and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Let us pray for our land:
Almighty God who rules over the nations of the world, we commend to your merciful care the people of this land so that, being guided by your providence, we may dwell secure in your peace. Grant to the president, the premiers, the mayors, and to all authorities, the wisdom and strength to know and to do your will. Fill our leaders with the love of truth, the desire for justice, and hearts of righteousness, that they may serve our nation faithfully, to your honour and glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us pray for our church:
Almighty, everlasting God, send down your gracious Holy Spirit on our bishops, our ministers, and all congregations of our church. Mature us, transform us, give us courage, bless us, send us out, and fill us with your Spirit, that we may truly serve you and please you, to the praise of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Let us pray for all in need:
Merciful Lord, we remember before you all those who are afflicted or distressed. We ask for you to comfort and deliver them, according to their different needs. Give then patience in their suffering, a Godward contentment in your plan, and the eye of faith that remembers your promises to us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten before all worlds; God from God; Light from Light; True God from True God; begotten not made, of one substance with the Father.
Through him all things were made and who, for us and our salvation, came down from heaven, was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man.
For us, he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered and was buried. On the third day, he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. He spoke through the prophets. With the Father and Son together, he is worshipped and glorified.

I believe in Christ’s holy, universal, and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The notices

The Reading of God’s Word:
“Hear the word of God as it is written in…”

“This is God’s word to us.”
Thanks be to God.

The sermon

Holy Communion
The Minister may briefly explain the purposes and meaning of the Lord’s Supper, making use of one or more of the following Scriptures:

Matthew 26:26-28;
Luke 22:14-20;
1 Corinthians 10:14-17;
1 Corinthians 11:23-33.

Merciful Lord, we do not presume to come to your table trusting in our own righteousness. Instead, we trust in your great mercy. We are not fit to gather up the crumbs under your table, but your mercy is everlasting; grant therefore that we may, by faith, eat the flesh and drink the blood of your dear Son, Jesus Christ, to be united to him and he to us.

As we approach the Lord’s Table, hear again the words of our Saviour Jesus Christ:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matt 11:28)

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Hear also what the Apostle Paul wrote:
“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” (1 Timothy 1:15)

Hear also what the Apostle John wrote:
“If anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 2:1,2)

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, of your infinite mercy you gave your only Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption. By his one offering of himself, Christ made there on that cross a never to be repeated, full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.
Hear us merciful Father, and grant that we who trust the death and suffering of your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, may receive this bread and wine and, in so doing, may share in his most blessed body and blood. Christ Jesus on the night he was betrayed, took bread and when he had given 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 when he had given thanks, he gave it to them saying, “Drink from this, all of you, for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many, for the remission of sins; do this whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
Amen.

As the minister and those appointed distribute the bread and wine he may say:

The body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for you, preserve your body and soul to everlasting life. Take and eat this, remembering that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your heart by faith with thanksgiving.

The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ which was shed for you, preserve your body and soul to everlasting life. Drink this, remembering that Christ’s blood was shed for you, and be thankful.

Almighty God, we bring you praise and thanksgiving, and ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a holy and lifelong offering to you. Lord, accept this duty and service we owe you, not because we deserve it, but because of Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose name alone we come to you. Amen.

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King, Almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, and we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us,
You who are seated at the right hand of the Father receive our prayer, for you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The peace of God which is above 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, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen.