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Alternative Great Thanksgiving for use with Children B

The Lord is here.
God’s Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to offer thanks and praise.

God, you made us, and the world and everything in it.
All the good we see comes from you.
You have always loved us
but people have not always loved you.
You sent Jesus to show us how to live
and to bring us back to you again.
He died for us on the cross
so that through your Spirit
we can all be your people.
And so with thanks
we praise you singing/saying.

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

We are here because on the night before he died
Jesus shared a meal with his friends.
There he took some bread
and gave thanks to you, God.
He broke it into pieces, and gave it to them.
‘This is my body,’ he said,
‘Do this, and know that I am with you.”
Later, he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to you.
he shared it with them, and said
‘This is my blood, which brings new life.
Do this, and know that I am with you.’
And so, remembering Jesus, who died,
was raised to new life by you,
and is alive forever,
we are glad to share that life and live in him
and proclaim the mystery of our faith

Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come in glory.

Send your Holy Spirit
so that this bread and wine
can be for us the body and blood of Jesus,
and through this food
give us strength to live as your people.
Help us to care for your world and for each other
in the way that Jesus showed us.
Until he comes again,
with all your people
in every time and every land
we worship you in songs of everlasting praise.

Blessing, honour and glory be yours,
here and everywhere,
now and for ever. Amen.

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