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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.

Father Almighty, it is right that we should always and everywhere give You thanks and praise. Only You are God. You created all things and called them good. You made us in Your own image.

Even when we rebelled against Your love, You did not desert us. You delivered us from captivity, made covenant to be our God and King, and spoke to us through Your prophets.

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.

Holy are You and blessed is Your Son Jesus Christ. You loved the world so much You sent Your only Son to be our Savior. The Lord of all life came to live among us. He healed and taught, ate with sinners, and won for You a new people by water and the Spirit. We saw His glory.

Yet He humbled Himself in obedience to Your will, freely accepting death on a cross. By dying, He freed us from unending death; by rising from the dead, He gave us everlasting life.

On the night in which He gave Himself up for us, the Lord Jesus took bread. After giving You thanks, He broke the bread, gave it to His disciples, and said: "Take, eat; this is My body which is given for you."

When the supper was over, He took the cup.

Again, He returned thanks to You, gave the cup to His disciples, and said; "Drink from this, all of you; this is the cup of the new covenant in My blood, poured out for you and many, for the forgiveness of sins."

When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we experience anew the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ and look forward to His coming in final victory.

And so, in remembrance of these Your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving, as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of the faith.

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

Send the power of Your Holy Spirit on us, gathered here out of love for You, and on these gifts.

Help us know in the breaking of this bread and the drinking of this wine, the presence of Christ, who gave His body and blood for all.

Make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in service to all the world.

Through Your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in Your Holy Church, all glory and honor is Yours, Father. Amen.

(Break the bread), saying,

Because there is one loaf, we, many as we are, are one body; for it is one loaf of which we all partake. When we break the bread, is it not a means of sharing in the body of Christ?

(Take the cup), saying,

When we give thanks over the cup, is it not a means of sharing in the blood of Christ?

The body of Christ, given for you.


The blood of Christ, given for you.



Ron Beckham, Pastor
Friday Study Ministries


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