Celtic Communion

Welcome

Leader:   We meet to celebrate the coming of Christ into the world
The Word was made flesh,
All:         and we beheld His glory.

Silence

Confession

Leader:   Where we have failed to love you God,
with our soul and strength and mind.
All:         Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon us. 

Leader:   Where we have failed to love our brother, our sister, our neighbour.
All:          Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon us. 

Leader:   Where we have failed to love our friends and refused to love our enemies.
All:          Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon us. 

Leader:   Where we have failed to love ourselves and neglected your image within us.
All:          Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon us. 

Absolution

Leader:   May the God of love and power
forgive you and free you from your sins,
heal and strengthen you by His Spirit,
and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.
All:         Amen.

Bible Reading

Silence

Reflection

Silence

Creed

Leader:   Let us declare our faith in God:
All:         We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family
in heaven and on earth is named.
We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with His love.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us with power from on high.
We believe in one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Amen                                               
(From Ephesians 3)

Prayers

The Peace

Leader:   Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
All:          And also with you

Silence

The Communion Prayer

Leader:   The Lord is here.
All:         His Spirit is with us.
Leader:   Lift up your hearts.
All:         We lift them to the Lord.
Leader:   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All:         It is right to give thanks and praise.
Leader:   It is right to praise you, Father, Lord of all creation;
in your love you made us for yourself.
When we turned away you did not reject us,
but came to meet us in your Son.
All:         You embraced us as your children
               and welcomed us to sit and eat with you.
Leader:   In Christ you shared our life
that we might live in him and he in us.
All:         He opened his arms of love upon the cross
               and made for all the perfect sacrifice for sin.
Leader:   On the night he was betrayed, at supper with his friends
he took bread, and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to them, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.
All:         Father, we do this in remembrance of him:
               his body is the bread of life.
Leader:   At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine,
he gave you thanks, and said:
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for the forgiveness of sins;
do this in remembrance of me.
All:         Father, we do this in remembrance of him:
               his blood is shed for all.
Leader:   As we proclaim his death
and celebrate his rising in glory,
send your Holy Spirit that this bread and this wine
may be to us the body and blood of your dear Son.
All:          As we eat and drink these holy gifts,
               make us one in Christ, our risen Lord.
Leader:   With your whole Church throughout the world
we offer you this sacrifice of praise
and lift our voice to join the eternal song of heaven:
All:         Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
               Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
               Hosanna in the highest. 

Silence

Leader:  Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us
All:        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 trespasses,
              as we forgive those who trespass against us.
              And lead us not into temptation;
              but deliver us from evil. 
              For thine is the kingdom,
              the power and the glory,
              for ever and ever.
              Amen.

Communion

Silence

All:        Lord, Jesus Christ, you have put your life in our hands,
              now we put our lives in yours.
              Please take us, guide us and inspire us.
              Because it’s all about what with you,
              we can become, starting here and now. Amen.

Notices

Blessing