Priest: The peace of God be with you all.
Priest: E te whanau/Brothers and sisters,
Priest: The Spirit of God be with you.
Priest: Let us give thanks to God.
from the beginning you are faithful and true.
Priest: Your word in every age
calls your people to turn
from hatred and abuse,
cruelty and oppression,
to reconciliation with one another
and with you.
Priest: you challenge those who deny
anyone a place at your table.
As we gather for this holy meal,
we rejoice in your love,
which embraces all people.
And so we praise you, as we say/sing:
People: Holy God, holy and merciful, holy
Glory and goodness come from you.
Glory to you, most high and gracious God.
in the city whose name is “Peace”,
in the midst of disloyalty, betrayal and denial
Jesus met to eat with his disciples.
He took bread;
when he had given you thanks,
he broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said:
Take, eat, this is my body
which is given for you;
Do this to remember me.
After supper he took the cup,
he gave it to them and said:
Drink this, all of you,
for this is my blood of the new covenant
which is shed for you, and for many,
for the forgiveness of sins;
do this as often as you drink it,
to remember me.
Therefore, God of justice,
in the suffering and death of Jesus,
your mercy is revealed.
We lift up the cup of salvation
and call upon your name.
Here and now, with this bread and wine,
we celebrate your great acts of reconciliation,
ever present and living in Jesus Christ,
crucified and risen,
who was and is and is to come.
People: Amen! Come Lord Jesus.
Priest: Empower our celebration with your Holy Spirit
fire us with your love,
confront us with your justice,
and make us one in the body of Christ
with all who share your gifts of love.
People: Through Christ,
Priest: God is holy
God is hope
People: Love and mercy come from you.
Priest: The blessing of……..
Note: The following might be suitable readings when this theme is used: