The Great Thanksgiving for World Communion Sunday

by Nathan Decker

Adapted by Nathan Decker from a Service of Word and Table II

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,
Lord God Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

You created for yourself a world filled with diversity
and blessed by your breath of life.
Rainbow colors bloom in spring,
summer breezes bring garden delight,
and now as Autumn comes our way
we see the work of your paintbrush upon every face and tree.

In mercy, while we still held to the chains of our winter,
of pride, self-righteousness, and historic egos
you loved us steadfastly and delivered us as babes
to reflect the beauty and diversity of your grace,
to bring us into a community of love, hope, and peace.

And so,
with all your people on earth
in every place where two or more are gathered in your name
and all the company of heaven who have gone before us
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 the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.
Your Spirit anointed him
to preach good news to the poor,
to proclaim release to the captives,
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
and to announce that the time had come
when you would save your people.


He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and ate with sinners.
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.

He prayed that we might be one as he is one with you, Father
and he asked that we might be known
by the love we have for one another.

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 be for us the body and blood of Christ
that we, together as a new creation and a new community around the globe may be
for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.

By your Spirit help the body of Christ be one.
Help the left hand and the right hand work as one in ministry to all the world.
Help the eyes and the ears sense your present and coming kingdom.
Bring the blessing of the diversity of the body to bear fruit
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 God, now and forever. Amen.


The Great Thanksgiving for World Communion Sunday was adapted from "A Service of Word and Table II" by the Reverend Nathan Decker. The Reverend Nathan Decker is a clergy member of the Virginia Annual Conference, where he serves as the pastor of the Cheriton Charge on the Eastern Shore District.

The Great Thanksgiving for World Communion Sunday (adapted by Nathan Decker from a Service of Word and Table II) Copyright © 2008 Nathan Decker. A Service of Word and Table II ©1972, 1980, 1985, 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.

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