Saturday, November 7, 2009

Blessed Is He Who Reads and Those Who Hear: 23 Pentecost (8 Nov 2009)

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near (Rev 1:1-3, NKJV).

On Sunday, 8 November 2009, the Service of the Word at Trinity Church will consist of a few, brief background remarks followed by a congregational reading of The Revelation of John. There is blessing promised in the reading and in the hearing.
The Great Thanksgiving in the Service of Holy Eucharist is drawn from the text of The Revelation.
The Great Thanksgiving

Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come,
and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness,
the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,
and has made us to be a kingdom and priests
to serve his God and Father –
to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God,
“who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.
It is good and right to join with the living creatures around your throne,
Lord God, who day and night never stop saying:
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,
who was, and is, and is to come.

It is good and right to bow before you along with the twenty-four elders
who lay their crowns before your throne and say:
You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created and have their being.

We praise you Lord God and your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ:
the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David,
the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
You are worthy, Lord Christ, because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased a people for God
from every language and people and nation.
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on earth.

With many angels numbering thousands upon thousands,
and ten thousand times ten thousand, in a loud voice we sing:
Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise! Amen.

Now, with every creature in heaven and on earth
and under the earth and on the sea
we sing your praises, O God who sits enthroned,
and your praises, Jesus Christ the Lamb:

To him who sits on the throne and unto the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and power forever. Amen.

Praise our God, all you his servants,
you who fear him, both small and great!
Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.

Let us rejoice and be glad and give him the glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready.

Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!
These are the true words of God.

(All gather at the Table.)

(The following words of institution are from St. Paul’s letter to the saints in Corinth.)

We give you thanks, O God, for what we have received from the Lord,
that true word which has been passed on to us:

The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed,
took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said,
“This is my body, which is for you;
do this in remembrance of me.”

In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood;
do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

For whenever we eat this bread and drink this cup, gracious Father,
we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup
in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning
against the body and blood of the Lord.
Therefore, we examine ourselves
before we eat of the bread and drink of the cup
that we may recognize the body of our Lord.

(Silence for self-examination)

We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts
that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ
and his Blood of the New Covenant.
Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice,
that we may be acceptable through him,
being sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ,
and bring us to that heavenly country where, with all your saints,
we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation,
the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honor are yours, almighty God,
forever and ever. Amen.

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us,
we are bold to say,

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,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread

Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!

These are the gifts of God for the people of God.
Let us take them in remembrance that Christ died for us,
in celebration that he rose for us,
in proclamation that he will come again for us.
Feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

Post-Communion Thanksgiving

Now have come the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Christ:
victory by the blood of the Lamb and the word of the testimony.
The kingdom of the world has become
the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ,
and he will reign for ever and ever.

Let us pray.

Almighty and everliving God,
we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food
of the most precious Body and Blood
of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ;
and for assuring us in these holy mysteries
that we are living members of the Body of your Son,
and heirs of your eternal kingdom.
And now, Father, send us out
to do the work you have given us to do,
to love and serve you
as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.
To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

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