- The Lord be with you.
- And also with you.
- Lift up your hearts.
- We lift them to the Lord.
- Let us give thanks to God.
- It is joy to offer thanks and praise!
Cradle of Joy, Word in the Manger, Astonishing Grace and Lord of Creation, in jubilation heaven and earth adore you!
Abundant Promise and Dayspring of Peace,
At the dawn of time you spoke a Word of light into the darkness, taming the primeval disorder;
From the mountain you offered a Word of Covenant and Freedom;
Prophets spoke your Word of Justice and Hope, and in Jesus, born of Mary, you came to earth as God-with-us, a Ransom for all.
Therefore, with the angels, the stars, the Bethlehem hills and people in every time and every place we sing:
Holy are you, God of mercy and love, and blessed is Jesus, your Son;Come, Spirit of Holiness—come upon the prairies, the hills, the deserts, the seas, this city and upon this assembly;
He left the realms of heaven, was born, served and taught as one of us, died for all on Calvary Hill, rose from death for the life of the world and ascended to reign over all creation.
And with the saints we confess the mystery of faith:
- Christ has died;
- Christ is risen;
- Christ will come again!On the night of betrayal and desertion, our Lord Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
In the same way after supper, he also took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes again in glory.
Come, Holy Spirit—sanctify these gifts of grain and fruit of the vine uniting us with all creation;
Come, Spirit of Life—bless our feasting at this table and open our eyes to recognize the risen Christ in each other, in all for whom Jesus died, and especially our enemies...
Make us bearers of your peace and shepherds of your grace,
That washed in the waters of rebirth and reborn in the image of the Bethlehem Baby, we may live as people purified for your own purpose,
So in that day, when all creation dwells in heaven's reign, as we gather around heaven's Welcome Table, we will celebrate you as Emmanuel, God-among-us, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, endlessly throughout eternity,
© leah chang 2007