A Working Model for Eucharistic Worship

A SERVICE OF WORD AND TABLE

All stand.

PROCESSIONAL HYMN

INVOCATION

We are gathered in the name of the Father, and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Let us pray: 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 worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

KYRIE

In peace, Let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For the peace from above and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For this holy house, and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
Help, save, comfort and defend us gracious Lord,
Amen.

Or

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS

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, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you 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.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Here is prayed the collect of the day, after which all sit.

SCRIPTURE LESSON

The first reading from the lectionary is read.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God. 

PSALM

The congregation sings or recites the lectionary Psalm.

SCRIPTURE LESSON

The second reading from the lectionary is read.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God. 

GOSPEL LESSON

All stand. This or another gospel acclamation is sung.

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

The Holy Gospel according to ____.
Glory to you, O Lord.

The appointed gospel lesson is read, with the celebrant concluding:

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

The people sit.

SERMON

HYMN OF THE DAY

CONFESSION OF FAITH

All stand. The Nicene Creed (or the Apostles’ Creed) is recited.

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

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death 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 in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father [and the Son], who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

The lector offers brief intercessions for the church, the world and all according to their need, ending each petition:

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

CONFESSION OF SIN

Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another. Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.

All remain standing or kneel.

Merciful God,

We confess that apart from you we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have failed to be faithful Christians or an obedient church. We have sinned against you in thought, word and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew and lead us, by the power of your Holy Spirit, that we might delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit bring you to everlasting life. Amen.

THE PEACE

All stand. 

The peace of the Lord be with you.
And also with you.

The people offer each other a greeting of peace, saying “Peace be with you.”

OFFERING

As forgiven and reconciled people, let us offer ourselves and our gifts to God.

All are seated. An anthem may be sung as the offering is received.

DOXOLOGY

All stand. 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise him all creatures here below.
Praise him above ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Here follows a preface appropriate to the day or season.

And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and 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.

Out of your tender mercy, you gave your only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death on the cross for our redemption. He made there, by his self-offering, a full, perfect and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. He instituted, and in his Holy Gospel commanded us to continue, a perpetual memory of his precious death until he comes again.

This, or another Gospel acclamation may follow.

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

On the night in which he gave himself up for us, the Lord Jesus took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

When the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

And so, in remembrance of Christ’s great works of power and compassion, his passionate suffering and atoning death, his glorious resurrection and ascension into heaven – and anticipating his coming return – we present to you, Lord, this bread and this wine, giving thanks that you have held us worthy in Christ to be in your presence, joining our voices with all your saints, and offering ourselves to you in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine, that we who receive them according to our Lord’s institution might partake by faith of his body and blood, abide in him continually, obtain forgiveness for all our sins and be empowered to live godly lives.

By your Spirit, keep us one with Christ, one with the whole church of God, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and forever. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

And now, with the confidence of children of God, let us pray:

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. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

BREAKING THE BREAD

Jesus said, I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.

The bread which we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ.

The cup over which we give thanks, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ.

PRAYER OF HUMBLE ACCESS

All remain standing or kneel.

Let us pray:

We do not presume to come to your table, merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in your great love and countless acts of mercy. We are not even worthy to gather up the crumbs under your table, but you are the same Lord who always delights in showing mercy. Feed us, then, gracious Lord, with the body and blood of your son Jesus Christ in this holy mystery, that we might live as new creatures, grow into his likeness, and forever live in him, and he in us. Amen.

THE AGNUS DEI

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace.

GIVING THE BREAD AND CUP

All may be seated.

The bread of life. The cup of salvation. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

At the table, the celebrant says to each communicant:

The body of Christ, given for you. Amen.

The blood of Christ, given for you. Amen.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

All stand.

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the world in the strength of your Spirit, to give ourselves for others, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

RECESSIONAL HYMN

DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING

The grace of the (+) Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all, now and forever. Amen.

Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Adapted from services of the United Methodist Church, the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church in North America, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Catholic Church.

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