Sign of the Cross
“I am the vine and you are the branches.”
May you, God’s beloved, stay united with him….
and may God’s Spirit be always with you.
Introduction and Litany of Praise
Every Christian is linked to Christ and to all other Christians.
This is clear from the words of Jesus:
‘I am the true vine, you are the branches.’
But quite often we act as if we, not Christ, are the source of nourishment to others. [Pause}
Imagine a fruit tree.
There can be no fruit on a branch not united to the trunk. [Pause]
Jesus is our life.
United to him, we will bear much fruit.
Cut off from him, we wither, we die, we produce no fruit. [Pause]
A & B
Lord Jesus, you are the vine, we are the branches.
Lord, have mercy.
You unite us with yourself to make our lives fruitful.
Christ, have mercy.
Your grace and your strength enable us to be life-giving to others.
Lord, have mercy.
you graft us onto Christ, the true vine,
and, with tireless care,
you nurture our growth.
Tend the vineyard of your church,
that, in Christ, each branch may bring forth,
to the glory of your name,
abundant fruits of faith and love.
Grant this through Jesus Christ,
the resurrection and the life,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.
As the Vine grower, O God,
you have grafted us onto Christ,
that we may be pruned and cultivated by your loving care
and so glorify you by bearing the fruits of holiness and peace.
We make our prayer through the Lord Jesus,
our Passover and our Peace,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.
P “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask what you will, and you shall receive it.” With confidence in the power of Jesus’ words, let us bring our prayers before the Father.
CM Let our response be: Lord Jesus, be our life.
- For church workers who, like Barnabas, encourage and build up communities; that they may always experience in their ministry the support of the Lord. We pray:
- For our civil leaders: (pause) that they may help to create a society in which all can enjoy the fruits of freedom and justice. We pray:
- For those in our community who are sick, lonely or rejected; [pause) that we may reach out to them with the love of Christ. We pray:
- For the farmers of the world; (pause) that their toil may produce enough food for all so that no one will go hungry again. We pray:
- That our love may not be mere words but something real and active which breaks down the barriers of mistrust in our world. We pray:
[The Presider may add a petition that is local / relevant]
P Lord God, in a world of injustice and unrest, may we be conscious of our calling to produce the fruits of love and peace. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Prayer over the Gifts
Creator God, you are the vine grower.
You have pruned us like branches to make us bear more fruit.
You have already cleansed us
by the word that you have spoken to us.
May the wine in this cup of blessing
be a reminder of your pruning action in our lives
so that we may become more life-giving to others.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.
Intro to the Our Father
One with God’s Son – as branches with the vine –
let us pray with him to our Father:
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and grant us in our day
the gift of always being united with your Son Jesus,
so that we can bear fruits of peace,
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Prayer for Peace
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:
“Separated from me you can do nothing;
united with me you can bear much fruit..’
Strengthen the bonds that unite us
with you and with one another
so that we can enjoy the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.
Exchange of Peace
We can show that God’s Word has taken root within us
by sharing a sign of peace with each other.
Optional prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’
This bread that we break is the bread of life.
It is the sign of Christ’s body;
it is the sign of our unity with one another
in the Spirit of love and peace.
Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus, the true vine, without whom we can do nothing.
Blessed are we who are invited to this table of life and love.
Prayer after Communion
God of all fruitfulness,
we thank you for giving us the true vine, Jesus Christ.
We know that he abides in us by the Spirit he has given us.
Separated from him we can do nothing.
Enable us to love one another, not only in word,
but in truth and action, just as he has commanded us.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, the Lord. AMEN.
May Christ the risen Lord abide always in our hearts.
May we remain united to him and to one another.
Living in the warmth of the Holy Spirit,
may we speak out boldly in the name of the Lord.
May our compassionate God bless you,
+ Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. AMEN.
Go in peace….
stay united with Christ….
and serve him in one another.