THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

FOR NEW YEAR, EPIPHANY, BAPTISM OF THE LORD,
OR COVENANT REAFFIRMATION

 

This text is used by the pastor while the congregation uses A Service of Word and Table II (UMH 13-15) or III (UMH 15-16) or one of the musical settings (UMH 17-25). Either or both of the bracketed [] sections may be omitted, depending on the occasion.

 

The pastor stands behind the Lord's table. See 28.

 

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts. The pastor may lift hands and keep them raised.

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, (almighty God), creator of heaven and earth.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or you had formed the earth,

   from everlasting to everlasting, you alone are God.

You created light out of darkness and brought forth life on the earth.

You formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life.

When we turned away, and our love failed, your love remained steadfast.

You delivered us from captivity, made covenant to be our sovereign God,

   and spoke to us through your prophets.

And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven
   we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

  

The pastor may lower hands.

  

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.

  

The pastor may raise hands.

  

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ,

   in whom you have revealed yourself, our light and our salvation.

[You sent a star to guide wise men to where the Christ was born;

   and in your signs and witnesses, in every age and through all the world,
   you have led your people from far places to his light.]

  

or

  

[In his baptism and in table fellowship he took his place with sinners.
   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.]

  

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.

  

The pastor may hold hands, palms down, over the bread, or touch the bread, or lift the bread.

  

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."

  

The pastor may hold hands, palms down, over the cup, or touch the cup, or lift the cup.

  

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."

  

The pastor may raise hands.

  

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.

  

The pastor may hold hands, palms down, over the bread and cup.

  

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 may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.

  

The pastor may raise hands.

  

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 (God), now and for ever.

 

Amen.