Communion Service with Theme Theme: More trust in God instead of Ourselves

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1 1 Communion Service with Theme Theme: More trust in God instead of Ourselves Greeting L: Welcome everyone L: The sign of the cross The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with each of you. L: Blessed be God Forever R: Blessed be God forever Penitential Act L: Lord, have mercy. R: Lord, have mercy. L: Christ, have mercy. R: Christ, have mercy. L: Lord, have mercy. R: Lord, have mercy L: May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. R: Amen. Opening Prayer L: Lord, God, let the hand of your loving kindness gently guide all the moments of our day. Go before us in our pilgrimage of life, to help prevent us from falling. We ask this in Jesus name. Amen. First Reading Hebrews 4 :14-16 or 1 John 4:7-11 or Roman 8: (see attached) L: The word of the Lord.

2 2 R: Thanks be to God. Psalm 27 L: Psalm response is: My trust is in the Lord. L: Show me, oh Lord, your way and lead me on a level path. L: Hear, oh Lord the sound of my call; have pity on me and answer me. L: Of you oh Lord my heart speaks; you my glance seeks; your presence of Lord, I seek. L: For He will hide me in his abode in the day of trouble; He will conceal me in the shelter of his tent. L: I believe that I shall see the bounty of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord with courage; but stouthearted and wait for the Lord. The Holy gospel according to Matthew. Gospel Matthew: The Beatitudes 5: 3-12 (see attached) Reflection The Sermon on the Mount is a favorite gospel reading for many people. In the Beatitudes, God is conveying his powerful love for us in so many ways. Jesus, in the Beatitudes blesses all those who seek Peace and all those who bring peace to others. He brings happiness where there is none. He blesses and gives courage to all who are discouraged. He blesses those with hope and those who have lost all hope. He comforts all those who mourn. Jesus said that the reign of God belongs to such as these. He blesses all people and hopes for all people to live in peace and in harmony. The Beatitudes is a very powerful and beautiful teaching

3 3 Petitions Response is: Lord, hear our prayer. L: Lord, help us each day to place our trust in you instead of ourselves. L: May we always be nourished by your Word. L: We place our sister (insert her name) or brother (insert his name) in God s loving arms. May he/she be clothed in God s love, today and always. L: For peace in every home and in every heart. L: For God s healing love and strength, for all those who are suffering. L: For all those who have gone before us, especially our loved ones. L: For each one of us gathered here, for all those we love and for all caregivers. L: Loving God, we humbly present to you our needs and hopes. We are confident that you will answer them according to your wisdom and grace. We make this prayer in Jesus name. R: Amen.

4 4 The Lord s Prayer L: Let us continue our prayer in the words Jesus taught us. R: Our Father... L: Deliver us, Lord, from every evil, and grant us peace in our day. In your mercy, keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. R: For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Sign of Peace L: In the love of Christ let us offer one another a sign of peace. L: Behold the Lamb of God. Behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb. R: Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed. L: The body of Christ L: Let us Pray Lord God, May this Eucharist renew us with courage and strength. May we always remain close to you, and help us to accept in our lives a share in the suffering of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you forever and ever. R: Amen. L: May Almighty God Bless us in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. R: Amen L: Go in the peace of Christ R: Thanks be to God.

5 5 Jesus, Compassionate High Priest. Hebrews 4: Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our profession of faith. k 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but one who was tempted in every day that we are, yet never sinned. l 16 So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and favor and to find help in time of need. m 1 John, 4: 7-11 God s Love and Ours* 7 Beloved, let us love one another because love is of God; * everyone who loves is begotten of God and has knowledge of God. 8 The man without love had known nothing of God, for God is love. 9 God s love was revealed in our midst in this way: * he sent his only Son to the world that we might have life through him. y 10 Love, then, consists in this: not that we have loved God but that he has loved us * and has sent his Son as an offering for our sins. z 11 Beloved, if God has loved us so, we must have the same love for one another. *

6 6 Romans 8: Sons of God through Adoption. * 14 All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 You did not receive a spirit of slavery leading you back into fear, but a spirit of adoption through which we cry out, Abba! (that is, father ). w 16 The Spirit himself gives witness with our spirit that we are children of God. x 17 But if we are children, we are heirs as well: heirs of God, heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so as to be glorified with him. The Beatitudes* Matthew, 5 3 a How blest are the poor in spirit: the reign of God is theirs. b 4 Blest too are the sorrowing; they shall be consoled. c 5 [Blest are the lowly; they shall inherit the land.] d 6 Blest are they who hunger and thirst for holiness; they shall have their fill. e 7 Blest are they who show mercy; mercy shall be theirs. * 8 Blest are the single-hearted* for they shall see God. f 9 Blest too the peacemakers; * they shall be called sons of God. 10 Blest are those persecuted for holiness sake; * the reign of God is theirs. g 11 Blest are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of slander against you because of me. h 12 Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is great in heaven; they persecuted the prophets before you in the very same way. i

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