Dear Heavenly Father as we see the table spread before us we are reminded of your great love towards us in sending Jesus into this world to save sinners. We confess that we are sinners, and we ask for your forgiveness through the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ.
having confessed our sin we know that as your word says, we are forgiven.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9).
Lord Jesus as we come to this table we do so acknowledging you as our Lord and Saviour, the one in whom we have faith because of what you achieved on the cross of Calvary. We confess you as Lord of the church and our own individual lives. We praise you for your grace and your willingness to die on the cross so that we might be forgiven. Lord we come to receive from you every blessing that you wish to impart to us. Lord Jesus we want to meet you at this table, we want to realise in a new way the joy of knowing that we are loved by you.
Holy Spirit , we invite you to come and make this time at the communion table a time of feasting on Jesus Christ, help us to receive him afresh today. Prepare our hearts to meet with the risen Lord we pray.
We ask all these things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ Amen.
Words of Invitation
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I invite you to come to this communion table realising that it shows to us the amazing grace of God. Jesus said when he was here on earth,
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food, and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”
He also said this from his heavenly throne,
Here, I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Open your hearts to Him respond to him and he will keep his promise. Come to this communion table knowing that the God of Holy Love invites you to this table to receive his grace.