NSW & ACT Branch


The Lord’s Supper

Gathering in God’s name

(Congregation responses are in bold type)

1. Song

2. Prayer

Almighty God,
you know our hearts
and nothing can be hidden from you.
By your Holy Spirit,
cleanse our thoughts and desires,
so that we may truly love you
and bring honour to your name,
through Christ our Lord. Amen

Hearing God’s word

3. Bible Readings (1 Corinthians 10:1-13)

4. Address (The Archbishop)

View the talk outline on page 10 of the digital Summer School booklet.

5. Declaration of Faith

Christ is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation.
For in him all things were created,
things in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible:
all things have been created through him and for him.
He is before all things,
and in him all things hold together.
He is the head of the body, the church.
He is the beginning, and the firstborn from the dead,
so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
and through him to reconcile to himself all things,
whether things on earth or things in heaven,
by making peace through his blood
shed on the cross. Amen. (Colossians 1:15–20)

6. Song

Praying for God’s world

7. Prayers

At the conclusion of the prayers:

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.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

Preparation for Communion

8. Confession

Heavenly Father,
you have loved us with an everlasting love,
but we have often gone our own way
and rejected your will for our lives.
We are sorry for our sins
and turn away from them.
For the sake of your Son who died for us
forgive us, cleanse us, and change us.
By your Holy Spirit enable us to live for you
and to please you in every way,
for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

9. Declaration of Forgiveness (The Archbishop)

God is slow to anger and full of compassion.
He forgives all who humbly repent
and turn to his Son Jesus Christ,
in whom there is no condemnation. Amen.

Thanksgiving and Communion

10. Prayer

We praise and thank you heavenly Father for every spiritual blessing in
Jesus our Lord, in whom we have the forgiveness of sins, the gift of your
Spirit and the hope of sharing in your glory. We who were once far away
have been brought near by the blood of your Son. He loved us and gave himself
for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
On the night before he died,
Jesus took bread,
and when he had given thanks, he broke it,
and gave it to his disciples, saying,
‘Take and eat. This is my body given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.’
After the meal, he took the cup,
and again giving thanks,
he gave it to his disciples, saying,
‘Drink from this, all of you.
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, in remembrance of me.’
Therefore Father,
we thank you for these gifts of your creation,
and pray that we who eat and drink them,
in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
believing our Saviour’s word,
may be partakers of his body and blood.
As we eat this bread and drink the cup of the Lord
we proclaim the Lord’s death.
We do this until he returns.

Going out to serve

11. Thanksgiving

Father of all, we give you thanks and praise
that when we were still far off
you met us in your Son and brought us home.
Dying and living, he declared your love,
gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.
May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;
we who drink his cup bring life to others;
we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
Keep us in this hope that we have grasped;
so we and all your children shall be free,
and the whole earth live to praise your name.

12. Song

13. Blessing (The Archbishop)

To him who is able to keep you from falling
and to present you before his glorious presence
without fault and with great joy,
to the only God our Saviour
be glory, majesty, power and authority,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
before all ages, now and for evermore! Amen.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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