Call to Worship
Leader: Dear People of God, what shall we do?
People: We shall praise God who hears our prayers, who draws near to us, and brings new life out of death.
Leader: Dear Friends in Christ, how shall we live?
People: With the confidence of God's beloved children, with security and joy of God's saving Grace.
Leader: Sisters and Brothers, what is the promise?
People: New life, forgiveness of sin, the Spirit as gift!
Leader: Dear Children of God, how shall we praise?
People: We lift our voices and our hearts in love, thanks, and praise!
All: We will live out Jesus' Resurrection!
We will praise Him as long as we live! Amen.
Following this we joined in a Prayer of Confession, asking for wisdom and guidance and admitting that we are not always ready to pass on the great blessing of God's love to others. For this we asked forgiveness, pleading for God to shine his Spirit through us for the benefit of others and the furtherance of his Kingdom.
One of the stories Hugh told was about a priest who, when he was ordained, adopted the name of his friend who saved his life by smothering a grenade with his own body. Our name is Christian for the same reason.
The Table was then Prepared and the people drawn into the service with:
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.
Hugh then prayed, rehearsing the events of Jesus' saving ministry. After the response of the congregation, Hugh prayed again, telling again the events of the last supper.
His love led to the events we were commemorating: our responsibility is to show that love to others, that they will come to realise it is for them too.
Hugh sent us out with the Benediction:
Father, bless us as we go,
Jesus walk beside us,
Holy Spirit guide us.