Almighty and everlasting God,you are always more ready to hear than we to prayand to give more than either we desire or deserve:pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy,forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraidand giving us those good thingswhich we are not worthy to askbut through the merits and mediationof Jesus Christ our Lord.
God of all mercy,in this eucharist you have set aside our sinsand given us your healing:grant that we who are made whole in Christmay bring that healing to this broken world,in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Old Testament Proverbs 9:.1-6Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;she has also set her table. She has sent out her servants, and she calls from the highest point of the city, ‘Let all who are simple come to my house!’To those who have no sense she says, ‘Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live;walk in the way of insight.’Epistle Ephesians 5.:15-20Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make musicfrom your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.Gospel John 6.51-58I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live for ever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.’Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 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. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live for ever.’