Greeting (based on 2nd Reading)
May the grace and mercy of Jesus, our high priest,
be always with you.
Introduction and Litany of Praise
The Letter to the Hebrews – our 2nd Reading today – tells us that in Jesus we have a High Priest who was tempted in every way that we are, though he is without sin. He can understand our struggles, so let us approach him with confidence. (Pause)
Lord, you teach us never to lord it over our brothers and sisters:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, you are gentle and merciful,
sympathizing with our human weakness:
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, you came among us not to be served but to serve.
Lord, have mercy.
Most glorious God,
in Jesus you show us that your will is to save.
Grant to us, your people,
the boldness to desire a place in your kingdom,
the courage to drink the cup of suffering,
and the grace to discover in the service of others
a taste of the glory you promise.
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 The letter to the Hebrews encourages us to be confident
in approaching the throne of grace.
We turn to our God, then, asking what we need
for ourselves, our church and our world.
CM Our response is: Lord, let all the nations praise you.
1 That the faith of the Church may become for the world the unfailing sign of God’s ability to bring life out of death and hope out of despair, we pray:
2 That leaders of churches and civil governments may exercise the kind of authority that results from humble, generous service, we pray:
3 That we may persevere as disciples of Jesus,
living according to his teaching
and proclaiming gospel values
even when this leads to rejection and condemnation. We pray:
4 That those who are sick may realize that their suffering, undertaken in union with Christ, may be turned into a great blessing, we pray
[The Presider may add a Petition which is relevant / local]
P Lord God, we bring our hopes and desires before you,
and ask you to grant what we have asked for
in the name of your Son Jesus, the eternal priest,
who lives for ever and ever. AMEN.
Prayer over the Gifts
Lord, look upon the face of Christ your Son,
who gave himself up as a ransom for all,
so that from the rising of the sun to its setting
your name may be great among the nations
and one sacrifice may be offered to your glory.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
We pray to the Father in the words of Jesus,
the one who was tempted
and who shared our human weakness:
Deliver us Lord
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and keep us from the temptation
to seek positions of honor or power
and from our tendency to exclude others
from what we consider to be ours by right and privilege.
Open our hearts to all peoples and cultures
so that they too can come to accept the Lordship
of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Prayer for Peace
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:
“Whoever wishes to become great among you
must be your servant”.
Look not on our sins of pride
but on our efforts to serve the weak and the marginalized.
Grant us the peace of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.
Exchange of Peace
By putting others before ourselves, we can bring some peace to the world.
So let us share a sign of peace with one another.
Invitation to Communion
Behold Jesus, the Suffering Servant,
who was offered as a ransom for all.
Happy are we who are called to his banquet.
Prayer after Communion
let our sharing at this table make us holy;
and grant that through your Church,
all nations may receive with joy
the salvation gained on the cross by your only Son,
who, with the Holy Spirit,
lives with you forever and ever. AMEN.
May the Father’s kindness be with you.
May the compassion of Jesus comfort you.
May the love of the Spirit protect you.
And may the blessing of our gracious God,
+ Father, Son and the Holy Spirit,
come down upon you today
and remain with you for ever.
Seeking to follow Jesus, our high priest,
who came not to be served but to serve,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.