The Lord Jesus is here with us,
welcoming us at his table.
May his grace be with you all.
Introduction and Litany of Praise
We are all stewards of the Lord. We are all entrusted with the care of God’s people.
How worthy are we of that trust? Let us now examine ourselves (pause)
Lord Jesus, when we consider earthly possessions more valuable than the never–failing treasure you have in store for us in heaven: Lord, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, when we do not prepare for your coming with faith, hope, and loving service: Christ, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, when we abuse the trust you give us by being unkind and sometimes cruel to our brothers and sisters: Lord, have mercy.
Today’s Gospel warns us that Jesus will come ‘at an hour we least expect’. Like faithful servants we must be always on the alert for his coming. But are we? Do we not often live foolishly as if we were not accountable to God for our lives? (Pause)
you advise us not to be afraid but always to trust you:
Lord, have mercy.
you command us to be always ready to open the door for you.
Christ, have mercy.
you expect us to live as your faithful servants.
Lord, have mercy.
O God of the covenant,
on whom our faith rests secure,
sustain us by word and sacrament;
keep us alert for the coming of the Son of Man
on a day we cannot know
and at an hour we do not expect.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN
P As we stand ready, like servants waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, we ask the Lord to listen to our prayers.
Let our response be: Lord, make us your faithful servants.
- May the community of God’s people set their hearts on never-failing treasures: faith, hope, love, peace, and life eternal. We pray:
- May we not measure success in terms of material possessions but instead see in them an opportunity to render service to the community. We pray:
- May God protect from harm those who keep watch through the night such as policemen, firemen, security guards, and hospital staff. We pray:
- May those who live foolishly and recklessly as if they were accountable to no one for their behavior hear the voice of God and change their ways: we pray:
[The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]
P Lord, we know that much has been given to us and that much will be required from us. May we, your servants, be granted what we have just prayed for because we do so in the name of Christ the Lord. AMEN.
Prayer over the Gifts
Sustainer of life,
here are our gifts of bread and wine,
the signs of faith and hope.
Thank you for your words of encouragement
that we need not be afraid,
for you have set before us the table of your Son, Jesus Christ.
We believe that he will strengthen our hope
in the future that you have prepared for us.
We ask this in the power of his name. AMEN
Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
With Jesus our Lord
we entrust ourselves to our Father in heaven
since we know that all good things come from him.
Deliver us, Lord,
from reliance on all things that perish.
Help us to be dressed for action
and to have our lamps lit
as we await with joyful hope
the arrival of our Master,
the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Prayer for Peace
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples:
“Where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also.”
Grant that we will remain alert
and be prepared to welcome you
as the master of the kingdom,
where you live for ever and ever.
Sign of Peace
We are the servants who know that we are blessed.
Let us share our joy with those around us.
Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus, who has invited us to his banquet.
He wants us to sit down to eat;
he will come and serve us.
We are truly blessed…. and so we say:
Prayer after Communion
Your Son, Jesus, has waited on us at his table.
Keep our lamps burning brightly
and our hearts ever watchful for your Son’s return,
that we may open the gate as soon as he knocks.
Grant that we all may be worthy of the trust he has placed in us
and one day be admitted by him to the eternal banquet.
We ask all this through Jesus, our Master and Lord. AMEN
May the Lord inspire your thoughts and actions. AMEN.
May your faith increase, and your hope grow strong. AMEN.
May you preserve the treasure that will never fail you. AMEN.
And may almighty God bless you all,
+ the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN
Our Banquet is ended.
Go and be faithful stewards of the Lord.