O holy God, we know the beauty of this June day and we are grateful. We experience the warm stirring of summer and the fullness of bountiful earth, and we are grateful. We share the love of family and friends and the family and friendship that is our church, and we are grateful. Amen.
Prayer of Confession:
Gracious God, as we prepare today to receive the Holy Communion of our Lord Jesus Christ, help us to discern the mystery of this most Holy Sacrament. Unite us ever more deeply with Christ’s suffering that we may also be united ever more deeply with Him in His resurrection power. Draw us closer to Him and to each other in the fullness of His grace and love.
Lord and Savior, your table is set for us so that we might remember your death until you come again and so that we might be nourished and comforted and grow in grace. Grant that as we receive your most precious body and blood that we might indeed be strengthened in our faith and that your people might be one as you and the Father and the Spirit are one, for it is in your name that we pray. Amen.
New Testament Lesson: I Corinthians 11: 23-26 NRSV (source)
For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Gospel Lesson: Luke 24: 28-31 NRSV (source)
As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.
- No. 442 – The Church’s One Foundation
- No. 452 – O Day of God, Draw Nigh
- No. 151 – Crown Him with Many Crowns
“Communion . . . With God and with One Another” – Rev. Scott G. Loomer