Easter Day communion: words of institution
Calvary by Marc Chagall
We are the body of Christ.
And we come today to break bread
and to pour out wine in memory of him.
The body of Christ is broken for us,
We are broken.
I am broken, you are broken.
We have broken the body of Christ
The blood of Christ is poured out for our transgressions.
We are full of sin.
I am sinful, you are sinful.
And it is only by his wounds that we are healed.
The body of Christ is raised for our forgiveness.
We are broken and sinful.
And yet we are healed.
I am forgiven, you are forgiven.
We are forgiven
The body of Christ eternally bears the marks of crucifixion.
And we return to this table to repeat the story
of brokenness and healing, of sin and forgiveness.
Because we still sin, and we are still broken.
Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed.
So let us eat bread, drink wine,
and take deep within ourselves the reality of the cross,
that on this day of new life,
we might find healing, forgiveness, and resurrection.
Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Bread and Wine
Great God of all time and all places,
We offer you our thanks and praise for the gift of this day,
for the gift of one another, gathered around this table,
for the gift of new life,
for the gift of our bodies,
for the gift of food and drink.
We thank you especially for these gifts of bread and wine,
given to bring us strength and joy.
May we be made strong in your life and love,
and may we be joyful in our living and loving.
By Simon Woodman