October 3, 2018

Advent Eucharistic Prayer


You may use this Advent Eucharistic Prayer in your worship service as long as you let me know, and give credit as follows: 
"Copyright 2018 Michael Coffey. Used by permission. From the blog www.ocotillopub.org"

Holy and mysterious God,
in the beginning the darkness waited,
and you created light.
Sarah and Abraham waited for a future,
and you sent descendants greater than the stars.
The Hebrew slaves waited for rescue,
and you sent Miriam and Moses to enact your liberation.
Israel waited in exile for renewal,
and you empowered prophets and poets
with your life-giving speech.

As the whole world groaned in waiting for release and rebirth,
you sent Jesus, born of strong Mary,
fathered by humble Joseph,
incarnate in our humility,
in solidarity with the suffering and the poor,
full of wisdom and grace for all.

In the night in which he was betrayed,
our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup,
gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying:
This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
shed for you and for all people
for the forgiveness of sin.
Do this for the remembrance of me.

Hoping beyond hope,
we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Remembering all your promises fulfilled
in Jesus’ body given for the beloved universe,
in the great hope of the resurrection,
and in all that is to come by your mercy,
with eager expectation we cry out:
Come, Lord Jesus!

Send your Spirit into this broken world,
into our hopeful, imperfect gathering,
and on this sacred bread and wine
so we may be healed and whole again
and be filled with the courage to love.
Come, Holy Spirit!

All praise, and thanks to you, holy God,
through Christ Jesus, by your Spirit,
here and now and into the great beyond.
Amen.

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