The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church

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Communion

We serve Communion in all the worship services every first Sunday of the month. Communion is also served during Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve. All are welcome at the Lord's table.

This is the text week we use in our Communion services to prepare ourselves and the elements (bread and grape juice). We believe the Communion table is God's table, open to all who are in relationship with Christ. Ordained elders and pastors bless and distribute the elements. 

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The Invitation (Pastors)

Litany of Thanksgiving:

One: The Lord be with you.

All: And also with you.

One: Lift up your hearts.

All: We lift them to the Lord.

One: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Eucharistic Prayer:

One: Eternal God, holy and mighty, it is truly right and our greatest joy to give You thanks and praise, and to worship You in every place where Your glory abides.

All: You commanded light to shine out of darkness, divided the sea and dry land, created the vast universe and called it good. You made us in your image to live with one another in love. You gave us the breath of life and freedom to choose Your way.

You promised Yourself in covenant with Abraham and Sarah, told us Your purpose in commandments through Moses, and called for justice in the cry of prophets. Through long generations You have been faithful and kind to all your children. Great and wonderful are Your works, Lord God Almighty. Your ways are just and true. Therefore we lift our hearts in joyful praise, joining our voices with choirs of angels, and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of Your name:

Hymn: # 140 "Holy, Holy" Holy, Holy (Irregular)

Holy, holy, holy, holy,

Holy, holy, Lord God Almighty;

And we lift our hearts before You as a token of our love,

Holy, holy, holy, holy

One:

We praise you, most holy God, for sending your only Son to live among us, sharing our joy and sorrow. He told your story, healed the sick, and is a friend of sinners. Obeying you, He took up His cross and died that we might live. We praise you that He overcame death and is risen to rule the world. He is still the friend of sinners.

We trust Him to overcome every power that can hurt or divide us, and believe that when He comes in glory, we will celebrate victory with Him.

All: 

Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by His blood. Send us out in the power of the Spirit to live for others, as Christ lived for us, announcing His death for the sins of the world, and telling His resurrection to all people and nations. By your Spirit draw us together into one body and join us to Christ the Lord, that we may remain His glad and faithful people until we feast with Him in glory. 

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

Words of Institution (Pastors)

Distribution of the Elements (Pastors and Elders)

(8:45 a.m.)

Participants in the communion will proceed down the aisles to the servers, bringing their bulletins, take a piece of bread, dip it into the cup, partake immediately and join others around the table. Those unable to come forward will be offered the bread and the cup at their seats.

(11:00 a.m.) 

Participants eat bread when they receive it from the elders and hold the cup until everyone has been served.

We then do the prayers of the people and the Lord's prayer.