A Great Thanksgiving for Laity Sunday

This form of The Great Thanksgiving is based on "A Service of Word and Table II," The United Methodist Hymnal, pages 12-15. Copyright 1989, The United Methodist Publishing House. It is used with permission.

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,
Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
By your living Word, you called all things into being,
blessed all life with energy to live and multiply,
and made humankind in your own image
to be fruitful gardeners of all that you had made.
We abused your blessing,
choosing to consume rather than tend,
to control rather than nourish,
to dominate for ourselves rather than work for the common good.
Still you chose to bless us and redeem us,
calling forth a people, Israel,
through prophets, priests and faithful people.

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, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.
Sent from your throne in the heavenlies,
he became at all points like we are, yet without sin,
calling people everywhere to live into the way of your kingdom:
to feed the hungry and love even enemies,
to work for reconciliation and advocate for the voiceless,
to care for others with all our possessions,
and to declare the good news that your kingdom has drawn near.

By the baptism of his suffering, death and resurrection
you gave birth to your church,
delivered us from slavery to sin and death,
and made with us a new covenant
by water and the Spirit.

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 on us gathered here,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them to be for us the body and blood of Christ,
that we may be for the world the body of Christ,
redeemed by his blood,
offering faithful discipleship and ministries in his name
with all the gifts and in all the vocations you have given us.

By your Spirit, make us one with Christ,
one with each other,
and one in ministry to all the world,
until Christ comes in final victory,
and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

Through your Son Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit in your holy church,
All honor and glory is yours, almighty Father,
Now and for ever.

Amen.

Categories: Laity Sunday, Great Thanksgiving