Liturgy

Great Thanksgiving Based on The Song of Solomon

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.
You filled the earth with abundant life,
flowers blooming, sweet fragrances wafting,
fruits and fields and vines rejoicing,
rains refreshing, birds singing,
all creation resounding with the joys of love.


Though we abuse the gifts of life,
polluting the earth, defiling our souls,
still you pursue us and call to us,
"Arise, my love, my fair ones,
and come away."


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.
He calls us to live and work from the wellsprings of your joy,
Loving one another, and all you have made,
as he has loved us.


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,
and arising as his beloved in the fullness of his joy.


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: Worship, Services and Liturgies, Great Thanksgiving