We praise you gracious God
That since the beginning your Word created all.
You spoke to your people through the prophets.
You prepared us for your coming in the One
Jesus, who came to feed the hungry,
who promised to come to us in your Spirit,
and who promised at the end of time to come again.
We praise you, loving God, that you come to us now
In the Spirit of your Son
In the bread and the wine.
For, in the night before your death
You ate with your friends;
You took bread, gave thanks, broke it,
And gave it to them, saying,
“Take and eat. This is my body given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
Again, after supper, he took the cup,
Gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
Shed for you and for all people,
For the forgiveness of sins.
Do this for the remembrance of me.”
We praise you that you fill our lives with Peace
In the giving and the receiving
In the inviting and the responding
In the offering and the accepting
You come, Lord Jesus, as you did to Mary
into our minds, hearts and bodies
You come, Lord Jesus, as you did to Bethlehem
into this dark world
You come, Lord Jesus, to shine your light
Upon the joy and the sadness
Upon the love and the hate
Upon the courage and the fear
Upon the peace and the anger
You come, Lord Jesus, into our lives whether we are prepared or not
You come, Lord Jesus, whether we are ready or not
You come, Lord Jesus, into our imperfect, broken, wounded lives
You come, Lord Jesus,
to restore what is broken,
to reconcile the divided,
to heal what is wounded,
To fulfill your Word, and
to give all people Peace.