Here’s a liturgy and prayers for Holy Communion based on Eph. 2:8-9 with words of institution from Luke 22:19-20. Biblical text from the CEB. The closing affirmation is from 2 Cor. 9:15, which I customarily say at the conclusion of Communion.
The Apostle Paul declares, “You are saved by God’s grace because of your faith. This salvation is God’s gift. It’s not something you possessed. It’s not something you did that you can be proud of.”
Grace. That’s what we find here, now. The table represents fellowship with God, for it is the Lord’s Table. And all are invited; we are invited; you are invited. Grace. This table isn’t a right that any deserves; it’s a gift that all who come receive undeservingly, humbly, and gratefully.
As we come to the table, let’s remember the institution of this meal on the night Jesus was betrayed. In his Gospel, Luke records that “After taking the bread and giving thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, he took the cup after the meal and said, “This cup is the new covenant by my blood, which is poured out for you.”
Jesus, your body is given, not taken. No one could have taken your life against your will. In submitting your will to your Father’s, you gave your body for us. Isaiah tells us that your broken body makes us whole: “by your wounds we are healed.” We give you thanks for what you have done for us—become the sacrifice for our sins—and what you have given to us—new and eternal life. Be glorified as we receive the gift of your body, which is given for us. Amen.
Let us eat the bread with grateful hearts.
Jesus, your blood is poured out and a new covenant is established. You give your life for us and we receive your life in us. The Scriptures tell us that your sacrificial death brings us forgiveness for our sins and reconciles us to God. We are made new to live new, to show forth signs of sacrificial love and resurrection life. We give you thanks for guaranteeing God’s new covenant with us in your own holy and pure blood. Be glorified as we receive the gift of your blood, which is poured out for us.
Let us drink the cup with grateful hearts.
Thank God for his gift that words can’t describe!