Adapted Great Thanksgiving for Holy Thursday

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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.

Almighty God, today we recall You have placed a story within us –one that captures who we are and who we are becoming.

It is a story of creation, covenant, failure, redemption, refinement, and victory.

And yet more than a story about us, O Eternal, it is a story about You.

And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

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.

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.

When we had turned aside from your way and abused your gifts,
you gave us in him your crowning gift.

Emptying himself, that our joy might be full,
he fed the hungry, healed the sick,
ate with the scorned and forgotten, washed his disciples’ feet,
and gave a holy meal as a pledge of his abiding presence.

By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection
you gave birth to your Church,
delivered us from slavery to sin and death,
and made with us a new covenant-relationship by water and the Spirit.

On the night when hopelessness was about the rule the day, Christ gave hope in bread and wine.

He broke bread to symbolize his broken body.

Then shared wine to reveal that his blood would be spilled.

He then said, “Do this in remembrance of me,” so that they and we would never forget Your steadfast presence that brings forgiveness and purpose.

And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us,

as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

Drench us with your Holy Spirit.  Sanctify this bread and wine.  Make this a holy moment.

Let Your presence be as real and tangible as this loaf and cup.

And may we, Your redeemed children, reveal You in all places.

Through God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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