Good Friday Communion Service, Child Introduction
Leader: This is the table of the Lord. All baptized believers living in fellowship with Christ and his Church are welcome at his Supper.
Child: Why do we come to this table?
Leader: We come to this table because of Jesus’ command and invitation. In remembrance of him, Jesus tells us to eat this broken bread and to drink this cup in true faith and to keep doing so until he comes again.
Child: How is this meal different from all others?
In this supper God tells us that our sins have been completely forgiven through the one sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross where Christ’s body was given and his blood was shed. God also tells us that the Holy Spirit makes us one with Christ, and in Christ one with other Christians.
So let us all now proclaim our faith together, using the words of the Apostle’s Creed.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Leader: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up to the Lord.
Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Leader: Blessed are you, strong and faithful God.
All your works, the height and the depth, echo
the silent music of your praise. Therefore we
join our voices with choirs of angels, with
prophets, apostles, martyrs, and with all the faithful of every time
and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name:
People: Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest!
Liturgy of the Table
Child: Why do we eat the bread?
Leader: The bread that we break is a participation in the body of Christ. We remember and believe that the body of our Lord Jesus Christ was given for the complete forgiveness of all our sins.
Child: Why do we drink the cup?
Leader: The cup for which we give thanks is a participation in the blood of Christ. We remember and believe that the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ was shed for the complete forgiveness of all our sins. As we partake in the bread and the cup, we proclaim the mystery of our faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.