Prayer and Worship

Holy Communion for Maundy Thursday

The Lord be with you
            and also with you.


            Almighty God,
            to whom all hearts are open
            all desires known,
            and from whom no secrets are hidden:
            cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
            by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
            that we may perfectly love you,
            and worthily magnify your holy name;
            through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 We acknowledge the pain and hurt of our world, and our part in that pain,   and we seek to know God’s forgiveness and healing:

            In the wilderness we find your grace;
            you love us with an everlasting love.
            Lord, have mercy.
            Lord, have mercy.

            There is none but you to uphold our cause;
            our sins cry out and our guilt is great.
            Christ have mercy.
            Christ have mercy.          

            Hear us, O Lord, and we shall be healed;
            restore us and we shall know your joy.
            Lord, have mercy.
            Lord, have mercy.

 May almighty God
            have mercy on you
            Forgive you your  sins
            And bring you to eternal life

 The Collect:

God our Father, you have invited us to share in the supper which your Son
has given to his Church that it might proclaim his death until he comes.
May he nourish us now by his presence and unite us in his love.

The Gospel Reading:  Matthew 26: 14-25

           Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
           Glory to you, O Lord.

At the end

            This is the Gospel of the Lord.
            Praise to you, O Christ.


            A brief reflection


Our prayers

Lord, in your mercy,
           hear our prayer.   

 and at the end:

             Merciful Father,
            accept these prayers
            for the sake of your Son,
            our Saviour Jesus Christ.

            We are the body of Christ. In the one Spirit we are all baptised
            into one body. Let us then pursue all that makes for peace and builds up
           our common life.

The peace of the Lord be always with you
           and also with you.

 We sign the peace

            The Lord is here.
            His Spirit is with us.

            Lift up your hearts.
            We lift them to the Lord.

            Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
            It is right to give thanks and praise.

            It is indeed right and good
            to give you thanks and praise,
            almighty God and everlasting Father,
            for in these forty days
            you lead us into the desert of repentance
            that through a pilgrimage of prayer and discipline
            we may grow in grace
            and learn to be your people once again.
            Through fasting, prayer and acts of service
            you bring us back to your generous heart.
            Through study of your holy word
            you open our eyes to your presence in the world
            and free our hands to welcome others into the       
            radiant splendour of your love.
            As we prepare to celebrate the Easter feast
            with joyful hearts and minds
            we bless you for your mercy
            and join with saints and angels
            for ever praising you and saying

 Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
            heaven and earth are full of your glory.
            Hosanna in the highest.
            Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
            Hosanna in the highest.

            Matthew 26:26-29

            Great is the mystery of faith:
            Christ has died:
            Christ is risen:
            Christ will come again.

            Spirit of God, come afresh on us
            and on these gifts of bread and wine
            that they may make us one body in Christ.

            Open our eyes
            that we may recognize you walking with us.

            Open our ears and our minds
            that we may hear your Word.

            Open our hearts
            that your love may flow through us
            and bring the blessing of new life to all we meet.

            For you are the God who makes all things new,
            and surprises us into understanding.
            Blessing and honour
            And glory and power
            be yours for ever and ever.

           Our Father in heaven,
           hallowed be your name,
           your kingdom come,
           your will be done,
           on earth as in heaven.
           Give us today our daily bread.
           Forgive us our sins
           as we forgive those who sin against us.

           Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

           For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

           now and for ever.

           We break this bread to share in the body of Christ. 
Though we are many, we are one body,
           because we all share in one bread.

           He whom the universe could not contain, 
           is present to us in this bread.
           He who redeemed us and called us by name now meets us in this cup.

 So take this bread and this wine.
            In them God comes to us
            so that we may come to God

 We take Communion

            Almighty God,
            we thank you for feeding us
            with the body and blood
            of your Son Jesus Christ.
            Through him we offer you
            our souls and bodies
            to be a living sacrifice.
            Send us out
            in the power of your Spirit
            to live and work
            to your praise and glory. Amen

            This is love, not that we loved God
            but that he loved us and sent his Son.
            He is the sacrifice for our sins,
            that we might live through him.
            If God loves us so much
            we ought to love one another.
            If we love one another
            God lives in us.

            Christ give us grace to grow in holiness,
            deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow him:
            and the blessing of God Almighty,
            the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
            be among you and remain with you always.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
           In the name of Christ.  Amen.

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Fran will be saying Northumbrian Morning Prayer regularly, if you would like to do the same click on this link                                  
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Lord God, carer of all people, creator, sustainer and healer;
We pray for all who have contracted Covid-19.
Be with them and their loved ones and bring healing to their bodies.
We pray for all medical staff and emergency services
as they look after the physical health, worries and concerns of their patients,
especially the vulnerable and particularly those who have reduced contact with the outside world.
Let us be good neighbours, looking out and after each other.
We remember the work of scientists, discovering and testing vaccines for this disease,
and we pray for all of us, caught up in our everyday lives with the effects of these outbreaks.
Bless your world Lord, and help us to be blessings to one another, in Jesus name. Amen