AFTER COMMUNION

The People stand.

One of the following prayers is said.

EITHER

All Almighty God, eternal Father, we have sat at your feet, learnt from your word and eaten from your table. We give you thanks and praise for accepting us into your family. Send us out with your blessing, to live and to witness for you in the power of your Spirit, through Jesus Christ, the First Born from the dead. Amen.

OR

All God Most High, we thank you for welcoming us, teaching us, and feeding us.

We deserve nothing from you but in your great mercy you have given us everything in your Son Jesus Christ. We love you and give ourselves to you to be sent out for your work; grant us your blessing, now and for ever. Amen.

OR

All O God of our ancestors, God of our people, Before whose face the human generations pass away: We thank you that in you we are kept safe for ever, and that the broken fragments of our history are gathered up in the redeeming act of your dear Son, remembered in this holy sacrament of bread and wine. Help us to walk daily in the Communion of Saints, declaring our faith in the forgiveness of sins and the resurrection of the body. Now send us out in the power of your Holy Spirit to live and work for your praise and glory. Amen.

The Blessing

One of the following blessings may be used

EITHER

The people accompany the first three responses with a sweep of the arm towards the cross behind the Holy Table, and their final response with a sweep towards heaven.

Minister All our problems

People We send to the cross of Christ

Minister All our difficulties

People We send to the cross of Christ

Minister All the devil's works

People We send to the cross of Christ

Minister All our hopes

People We set on the risen Christ

Minister Christ the Sun of righteousness shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path: and the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.

Minister Let us pray

The people kneel or sit

Minister The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

Dismissal

One of the following may be used

EITHER

Minister Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

People In the name of Christ. Amen.

OR

Minister Go out into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit

People Thanks be to God

A final hymn may be sung as the ministers depart.

Kenyan Rite
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