The Lord be with you.
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 our thanks and praise.
It is a right, good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth. You brought all things into being and called them good. From the dust of the earth you formed us into your image and breathed into us the breath of life. When we turned away in denial, and our love failed, your love remained steadfast. You made us your covenant people, and your ways are just and true.
Most Holy & Gracious God, as we journey with Jesus toward the Lenten cross, we pray not only for ourselves, but for others—known and unknown, named & unnamed—from whose lives health or happiness has fled. Bring them your comfort and peace that surpasses understanding.
Bless our world, O Lord, and by your Spirit let your harmony and justice prevail. Be with our mission team this week as they travel to Cuba. May relationships be strengthened, may their time together be fruitful, and may you be glorified. Bless our church, uniting us in the truth of your Word and empowering us in ministry to the world. Bless our family and friends, watching over and providing peace to them. Bless all who are suffering by embracing them in your loving arms. Bless each person here this morning, keeping us all faithful to you.
Remembering your gracious acts in Jesus Christ, we take from your creation this bread and this cup and joyfully celebrate Christ’s dying and rising, as we await the day of his coming.
With thanksgiving, we offer our very selves to you to be a living and holy sacrifice, dedicated to your service. As this bread is Christ’s body for us, send us out to be the body of Christ in the world.
Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, and with the unity of the Holy Spirit, together we pray the prayer taught us:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.