A Eucharistic Prayer for the Global Pandemic

A Eucharistic Prayer for the Global Pandemic

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6:00PM     Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Pastor Rev. J. Keith Broyles, D. Min.

1025 Durst St (18.71 mi)
Nacogdoches, Texas 75964

936-422-4362

Introductory Words from Pastor

Tonight, we are experiencing Communion in a new way. Though we may be apart, we are still together as family by our baptism. We, members of God’s family join together as people of one heart and mind, though physically we have miles between us. Our presence Together is marked by sharing in praise and prayer, our shared hearing and affirming of God’s word, and now our shared eating.

As we share in the Great Thanksgiving, you will see, “The family:” Please respond with the words that follow.

The Great Thanksgiving

The Pastor: The peace and presence of the Lord Jesus Christ be with us.

So, we lift up our hearts. And the family says, “We lift them up to God.”

The Family: “We lift them up to God!”

The Pastor: Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God, because it is the right thing to do, not only now, but always – day after day after day.

The Family: “Day after day after day.”

The Pastor: We thank you, God, that you made us in your image, and breathed into us the breath of life. When we turned away, our love failing, and our bodies diseased, you reached out to us again and again, providing healing, wholeness, and new life.

When the flood came, you provided an ark. When the plagues came you provided safety. When evening came, you provided a pillar of fire. When exile came, you provided a new song. Day after day, your love remained steadfast. And the family says: Day after day after day.

The Family: “Day after day after day.”

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

The Family: “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord! God of power and might!”

The Pastor: Heaven and Earth are full of your glory.

The Family: “Heaven and Earth are full of your glory.”

The Pastor: Hosanna in the Highest!

The Family: “Hosanna in the Highest!”

The Pastor: Blessed is the one who comes in the name of our God.

The Pastor: Blessed is your Son who came to preach the good news to the poor, release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, freed the oppressed, and announced that the time had come when you would save your people. He healed the sick.

The Family: “He healed the sick.”

The Pastor: He is healing the sick now.

The Family: “He is healing the sick now.”

The Pastor: He will heal the sick, day after day after day.

The Family: “Day after day after day.”

The Pastor: On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he 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.” Let us be a community of healers and hope givers, as together we proclaim the mystery of faith: Christ has died.

The Family: “Christ has died.”

The Pastor: Christ is risen.

The Family: “Christ is risen.”

The Pastor: Christ will come again.

The Family: “Christ will come again.”

The Pastor: Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Let them be for us the body and blood of Christ, so that we may be for the world the body of Christ, made whole by his witness, passion, and life. In this season of social distancing, may you remind us that we are never spiritually distant from You? We belong to your body.

The Family: “We belong to your body.”

The Pastor: May the Spirit use us to heal and reconcile in Jesus name,

The Family: “We will heal and reconcile in Jesus name.”

The Pastor: And now Holy Spirit make us one in Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world.

The Family: “Amen!”

The Lord’s Prayer

The Breaking of the Bread

The Pastor: This bread reminds us that any life, no matter how broken, or sick, or distorted it may become, can be made whole again.

The Pouring of the Cup

The Pastor: The cup reminds us that any life, no matter how empty, or lonely, or isolated it may become, can be filled again. These are the gifts of God, for the family of God.”

The Family: “Thanks be to God.”

Invitation

The Pastor: I invite you to prayerfully partake in Holy Communion by whatever means you have.

Prayer After Receiving

The Pastor: Day after day after day you give yourself to us: in two or three gathered in your name, in connection across the miles, and in bread and wine. As we go from this gathering around your table, may we feel restored to your body, companioned by your people, and sustained by the power of your Spirit as we witness to your healing and reconciling work. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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