Sunday, July 11, 2010

Great Thanksgiving 7/4/2010

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, Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth.

You commanded, Holy God, and chaos yielded to your Word,
so all that is beautiful and good might be created by your grace.
The sun and moon were shaped so we would have days and nights
in which to praise you, but we spent our time denying your dreams for us, living each moment for ourselves.
You fixed the boundaries for your Garden, where we could have life and joy with you, but we chose to play on the garbage dumps of sin.
You told the prophets to 'Go!' and bring your vision of healing and restoration, but we thought them to be fools, standing on the edges of our lives.
When we had decided to have nothing to do with you, you chose to become one of us, living, calling, creating once again through Jesus the Christ.

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, Creator of the Universe, and blessed is Jesus, your Son, our Lord. When he could have left us to deal with sin and death on our own, he came to live with us; when he could have chosen
the path to power and fame, he walked the deadly road to Calvary;
when he could have called down the angels to save him,
he cried out for forgiveness for all your children.
When you could have left him alone and forsaken in the grave,
you graced him with new life.

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."

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 faith.

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

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon this Bread and this Cup, O God,
that they might become your grace and peace for us,
so we might become your servants of hope and restoration to our world.

As we come to your Table, remind us of your promises
that when the sea is no more, you will flood us with your grace;
that when the earth is a hollow husk, you will walk with us
through the streets of the New Jerusalem;
that when the sun, moon, and stars have burned out in space,
the Light of your love will shine for us forever.

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

AMEN.

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