‘God is love and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.’

May the love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

Jesus has left us this new commandment,

“Love one another as I have loved you.”

Let us ask forgiveness from God and from one another
for our failure to live this commandment.

I confess….

We often speak as if we chose to be Christians.  “Not so”, says Jesus.

“I chose you; more than that, I chose you to be my friends. Now as my friends, you must love one another in the same way that I love you.”

Lord Jesus, as the Father has loved you, so you love us.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, because of love you laid down your life for your friends.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you chose us to bear fruit, fruit that will last.

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

God of all nations;
in the gift of your Son
you have embraced the world
with a love that takes away sin
and bestows perfect joy.

Grant to all who have been reborn in baptism
fidelity in serving you
and generosity in loving one another.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,
the first-born from the dead,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

Faithful God,
you have first loved us
and sent your only Son into the world
so that we might live and love as he did.

Teach us, by your Spirit,
to love one another as Jesus has loved us,
knowing that there can be no greater love
than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

We ask this 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.

                                              PRAYERS  OF  THE  FAITHFUL

P       Jesus said: “The Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name”. So, with renewed confidence, we pray:

CM      Lord, let your love shine on us.

Please repeat:

  1. For peace in the world:  (pause) that the gift of the risen Christ will be enjoyed by those who are suffering because of violence and war. We pray:
  2. For all who take care of the sick and the suffering: (pause) for those who spend themselves in loving service of others:  (pause) We pray:
  3. For those who are unable to love(pause) may the Lord heal their wounds so that they may experience the joy of loving and being loved:  We pray:
  4. For all Christians(pause) that they may be known by their love and their lives of service.  We pray:

[The Presider may add a petition that is local / relevant]

 P         Heavenly Father, your Son set us an example on how to love by laying down his life for us. Help us to follow him so that we may taste the joy that only he can give us. We ask this through the same Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Compassionate Father,
your love appeared with a human face
in your Son Jesus Christ.

You sent him into the world
to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Grant that we might have life through him
who is our Lord for ever and ever.  AMEN.

Intro to the Our Father

Jesus calls us his friends and so with him, we can say:

Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord,
from loving people or things more than we love you.
Keep us free from everything that would prevent your word
from bearing fruit in our lives,
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples:

“A new commandment I give you:
love one another, as I have loved you.”

Lord, touch our hearts,
so that we may be able to love,
and experience the peace and joy of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

Let our greeting of peace today
be a sign of our genuine love for one another.

Optional:    A prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread’

As we share this bread,
we proclaim our willingness to build a community of love,
and be the loving people
that God calls us to be.

Invitation to Communion

This is Lord Jesus who said:

“Love one another as I have loved you.”

Blessed are we to be invited to the Lord’s table.

Prayer after Communion

Heavenly Father,
we thank you for revealing your love to us
in the person of your Son Jesus.
Grant that we may abide in his love
by keeping his commandments
so that our joy may be complete.
Grant this in the name of the same Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Solemn Blessing

God has chosen you and called you his friends.
May your joy be complete.


You have been baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
May you inherit everlasting life.


You have received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
May your lives be holy.


May our loving God bless you,
+   Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.



Jesus has chosen us and called us friends.
Go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.

Download printable file here: 6th Easter – B

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