“Friends, a Eucharistic prayer has three main parts: First we thank God for God’s saving actions throughout history, including the gift of Jesus. Second, we remember Jesus by retelling the story of the last supper. Third, we invite the Spirit to bless us as we continue Jesus’ ministry in the world. We will use that same Trinitarian structure for our prayer tonight. First, I’ll ask you to call out, into our circle, the things you are most grateful to God for. Next, I’ll ask you to call out a word or short phrase that will help us call to mind something that Jesus did or said that touched you deeply. Finally, let us invite the Spirit, and ask her to bless us for whatever you most need in this next week. Are we ready?
"Peace be with you." "And also with you.”
"Life up your hearts." "We lift them to heaven.”
"Let us give thanks to the Holy One." "It is right to give thanks and praise.”
"Let us now name into our circle the things we are most grateful to God for… (People call out various things).
"And we are also grateful for the great gift of your Son Jesus, our light and our life. Let us know call out a word or short phrase that will help us connect to something that Jesus did or said, something that touched you deeply... (People call out various things Jesus did or said.)
“Therefore we proclaim the mystery of our faith:
“Jesus has died.” “Jesus has died.”
“Jesus is risen!” “Jesus is risen!”
“Jesus is coming again!” “Jesus is coming again!”
“Let us now call on the Holy Spirit to descend upon us and to bless us for the things we need to face this next week…” (People call out things they need to be blessed with: patience, kindness, forbearance, strength, and some more specific blessings as well…) During this time I am writing down the things that people are requesting blessings for, so that I can insert them into the following prayer at the ellipses.
“Let us pray: Holy Spirit, you are in all places, in all peoples, at all times. We open ourselves to your quickening power. We ask you to bless us with… (patience, kindness, forbearance, strength, etc.) Send us forth now with power, to be a blessing to all people, whether that is online or in person. Help us to be creative as God is creative, loving as Jesus is loving, comforting as you are comforting. For we ask this in the name of Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Creator, one God, now and forever. Amen.
[On Maundy Thursday, we’ll ask people to bring their own bread and wine (or grape juice, or whatever is on hand) to the liturgy, and we’ll do a mutual consecration of all the assembled elements virtually. We’ll see how that goes, and if it goes well, we may use that on Easter.]
(Thanks to Rev. John Mabry for this resource)