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Does the church make sense or do we make it too hard for people to come in? I think yes and yes and the task then is to make it easier. Maybe for someone out there, this will be the case. I write as a Lutheran (or, perhaps a Lutherpalian) although I might seem out of the mainstream from time to time. That's okay, isn't it? Let's blog on.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Eucharistic Prayer for the Feast of Saints Mary and Martha of Bethany, Companions of Jesus


P: It is truly right and a good and joyful thing 
that we should at all times and in all places, 
offer our thanks and praise to you, Holy
God through Christ our Lord.

You founded your Church on the apostles
to stand firm forever 
as the sign on earth of your infinite holiness 
and as the living gospel for all humankind. 

And so with the Church on earth, 
with Mary, Martha, their brother Lazarus, 
and all the hosts of heaven, 
we praise your name and join their unending
hymn:
The Sanctus is said or sung.

P: You are indeed holy, O God,
and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ. 

For over thirty years, he walked among us,
yet he had no home to call his own.

Often, the only rest he knew was found in
Bethany, in the company of those he called his
friends. 

It was there that Martha would serve him,
while Mary was fed by his words.

By the baptism of Jesus’ 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 by water and the Spirit.

On the night before he suffered death, 
our Lord Jesus gathered his friends around
the table and as he took bread, 
he offered thanks to you; breaking it, and
giving it to all of them, saying: 
“Take and eat; this is my body, given for
you. Do this for the remembrance of me.” 

After all of them had eaten, he again took
the cup and offered thanks to you, 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 sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.” 

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: 
C: Christ has died. Christ has risen.
Christ will come again.

P: Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered
here and on these gifts of bread and wine. 
As they are the body and blood of Christ for us, 
so may we be for the world the body of
Christ, redeemed by his blood.

Help us to choose the better way that,
having been fed at your table,
we might serve all those in need. 

By your Spirit bind us to Christ,
one to another, 
together in ministry to all the world, 
until Christ comes in final victory and we
feast at the heavenly banquet. 
Through your son Jesus Christ, 
with the Holy Spirit in your holy church, 
all honor and glory is yours, 
Almighty God, now and forever. 
C: Amen

P: And now, as God’s confident children,
we boldly pray: 
C: Our Father in heaven...