John 6 Texts

I've already created one Eucharistic Prayer for the John 6 weeks. Here's even more for that five week period, including another Eucharistic Prayer. Apparently I just can't stop giving thanks.

Again, the Standard Disclaimer: Feel free to use this. Some credit would be nice, but I'm not going to check up on you. Unless I see you selling my ideas as your own...

The John 6 Weeks - Lectionary Cycle B, Weeks 17 through 21

Confession and Forgiveness

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Why do we follow Jesus? Do we seek signs of God’s love? Do we just want a full belly? Do we try and force God into a box that’s smaller than what God wants for us? God wants us to seek and see Jesus. We know we fall short. Let us confess how.

Silence for self-examination

Lord God, we look to you for signs and wonders. When we don’t see them, we think you are not present. When we do see them, we often fail to follow what you want for us and either demean your gifts or are offended by them. Forgive us our sins, known and unknown, intentional and unintentional. Forgive our lack of understanding, both of your gifts and of other people. Forgive our being offended, at you and at other people. Your Spirit shows us that there is no one else to whom we can go. Let us see Jesus and believe.

Lay aside immaturity and live. No longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, or by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. Speaking the truth in love, grow up in every way into Christ, building each other up in love. In Christ, God forgives you all your sins. Let us walk in the way of insight.


Offering Prayer

Let us pray.

The eyes of all look to you, O Lord, for you give everyone food in due season. Your hand is open, satisfying the desire of every living thing. Receive these gifts as signs of our thankfulness for your providence. With them, shape our lives into a proclamation of your grace.


Eucharistic Prayer

(This Eucharistic Prayer is written to be used with just the opening dialogue, not the Proper Preface or Sanctus. If you want to use those liturgical elements, I suggest that you check out my other John 6 Eucharistic Prayer.)

We thank and praise you, Lord God, for how you fed your people.
Feed us now.

You fed your chosen people the bread of angels as they wandered in the wilderness.
Feed us now.

You strengthened your servant Elijah for his journey with angelic food.
Feed us now.

You showed your glory through your servant Elisha who gave an offering of first fruits to feed a hundred people, and by your word, there was some left.
Feed us now!

Through your Son, you fed thousands from just five loaves of bread and two fish, with an abundance left over.
Feed us now!

We thank and praise you, Lord God, for your Son, Jesus Christ, who on the night in which he was betrayed, took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and give it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”
Give us the bread of heaven!

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.”
Give us the cup of salvation!

We thank and praise you, Lord God, for giving us the body and blood of your Son to eat and drink so that we might live forever in your presence.
Let us see you, Lord!

By the power of your Spirit, bless this meal.
Here is Christ!

Give us again the forgiveness of sin, life, and salvation.
Raise us up!

Show us again your will, your gift, and your power.
Abide in us!

For you are holy, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, to whom we give all thanks and praise.


Invitation to Communion

Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Where else would we go? Here is eternal life.


Prayer After Communion

Let us pray.

Gracious God, may the gift of this meal keep us from speaking evil or deceit, and empower us to seek peace and pursue it, that all the world might see in us that bread which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world, your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.