A Short Communion Service

on the theme of Peace

Based on Colossians 3.1-17

Call to Worship - Col 3.1-4



Call to Repentance - Col 3.5-9

Prayer of Confession

Declaration of Forgiveness - Col 3.10-11


Scripture Reading - Col 3.12-15



The Peace

Jesus himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed
the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.  Through him we all have
access to the Father by one Spirit.

The Peace of the Lord be always with you.

  And also with you.

The Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.

  And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

  We lift them to the Lord.

Father, almighty and ever-living God, it is right to give you thanks
and praise at all times and in all places. 
With angels and archangels and with all your people on earth and in
heaven, we proclaim your glorious name, evermore praising you and

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

Father you have made us to live in a relationship with you, knowing
peace in our hearts, in our friendships and family relationships, and
in our society.
When we had fallen into sin you gave your only Son Jesus Christ to
suffer death upon the cross to bring us peace with yourself and with
each other.
On the night that he was betrayed he took bread; and when he had given
you thanks, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, 'Take,
eat.  This is my body which is given for you.  Do this in remembrance
of me.'
In the same way, after supper, he took the cup; and when he had given
you thanks, he gave it to them, saying,

'Drink this, all of you.  This is my blood of the new covenant which
is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.  Do this, as
often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.'
Therefore, Father, we do as Jesus commanded; we remember his passion
and death, we celebrate his resurrection and ascension, and we look
for the coming of his kingdom.
Accept through him this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; and
grant that by the power of your life-giving Spirit, we who eat and
drink these holy gifts may share in the body and blood of Christ and
be united with all your people on earth and in heaven; through Jesus
our Lord, through whom we declare that all honour and glory are yours
for time and eternity.

The Breaking of the Bread
The bread we break is a sharing in the body of Christ.

  Though we are many, we are one body, for we all share in the one loaf.
We say together:

  We come to your table, Lord Jesus, because we have received your
  generous love and through you we have peace with God.  We humbly and
  thankfully respond to your invitation to feed on your body and to
  drink your blood.
  Through the bread and wine make these heavenly truths real in our
  earthly experience.  By your Spirit draw us deeper into union with
  yourself and with all who share this feast.
Bread and wine are shared


Final Prayer
Let us pray.

  We thank you.  Lord,
  that you have fed us in this sacrament,
  united us with Christ,
  and given us a foretaste of the heavenly banquet
  prepared for all people.  Amen.


Dismissal and Blessing

1 Corinthians 3.16-17  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as
you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing
psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to
God.  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the
name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Philippians 4.7  The peace of God which passes all understanding, keep
your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

The blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, remain with you


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