Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." As we gather at the Table, we remember that Jesus, our Good Shepherd, did indeed lay down his life to save us. His sacrifice made us safe from the ravaging wolves of sin and death. We no longer need to fear them or be scattered by them. So come, remember the one who set us free.
Let us pray.
God whose power overcomes even sin and death, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus, our Christ. We thank you for the freedom we now have because of what he did not fear to face. We thank you for these symbols of bread and cup that remind us of all he gave to free us.
Now, as we take this bread and cup, fill us also with the Spirit that empowered Jesus, that we may boldly carry out your will in our lives and in our world and most of all to share the Good News of your love for us with a world still caught in fear.
In the name of Jesus, our Christ, AMEN