Common Worship texts

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Invitation to Confession

Jesus said to the apostles, ‘Go and make disciples of all the nations.’
Conscious of our failure to obey his commands,
let us call to mind our sins.

Kyrie Confession

Lord Jesus, you came to gather the nations
into the peace of God’s kingdom:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

You come in word and sacrament to strengthen us in holiness:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

You will come in glory with salvation for your people:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


Everlasting God,
whose servant N carried the good news of your Son
to the people of … :
grant that we who commemorate his/her service
may know the hope of the gospel in our hearts
and manifest its light in all our ways;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Isaiah 52.7-10; or 61.1-3a; Ezekiel 34.11-16; Jonah 3.1-5
Psalms 67; or 87; or 100; or 117
Acts 2.14, 22-36; or 13.46-49; or 16.6-10; or 26.19-23; Romans 15.17-21; 2 Corinthians 5.11 - 6.2
Matthew 9.35-end; or 28.16-end; Mark 16.15-20; Luke 5.1-11; or 10.1-9

Aidan (31 August): also 1 Corinthians 9.16-19
Anskar (3 February): especially Isaiah 52.7-10; also Romans 10.11-15
Chad (2 March or 26 October): also 1 Timothy 6.11b-16
Columba (9 June): also Titus 2.11-end
Cuthbert (20 March or 4 September): especially Ezekiel 34.11-16; also Matthew 18.12-14
Cyril and Methodius (14 February): especially Isaiah 52.7-10; also Romans 10.11-15
Henry Martyn (19 October): especially Mark 16.15-end; also Isaiah 55.6-11
Ninian (16 September): especially Acts 13.46-49; Mark 16.15-end
Patrick (17 March): also Psalm 91.1-4,13-16; Luke 10.1-12,17-20
Paulinus (10 October): especially Matthew 28.16-end
Wilfrid (12 October): especially Luke 5.1-11; also 1 Corinthians 1.18-25
Willibrord (7 November): especially Isaiah 52.7-10; Matthew 28.16-end

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia.
If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation.  2 Corinthians 5.17


Alleluia, alleluia.
The kingdom of God has come near to you.  Luke 10.9

Introduction to Peace

We are fellow-citizens with the saints and of the household of God,
through Christ our Lord, who came and preached peace
to those who were far off and those who were near.   cf Ephesians 2.19,17

Prayer at Preparation of Table

God of our salvation,
your love for the world is without end.
May our participation in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving
renew us in our dedication to your mission.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.


And now we give you thanks
that your servant N was called by your Spirit
to preach the gospel to the nations
and to bring to your people
the glorious light of your truth.

Extended Preface

It is indeed right and good,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Christ has never ceased to call disciples;
he sends them to bring salvation to the nations
by the light of the gospel.
For this work your servant N was set apart by the Spirit;
in faith and obedience he/she went to peoples far away.
You called him/her to be all things to everyone
as a minister of your word,
so that in your sight the nations might become
a holy sacrifice, acceptable to you.
And so we join with all your saints
to sing of your great glory
in this their joyful hymn of praise:

Post Communion

Holy Father,
who gathered us here around the table of your Son
to share this meal with the whole household of God:
in that new world where you reveal
the fullness of your peace,
gather people of every race and language
to share with N and all your saints
in the eternal banquet of Jesus Christ our Lord.


May God, whose glory is reflected in the lives of his saints,
pour upon you the riches of his grace,
and equip you and strengthen you to proclaim his word.
And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.


Go, make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
We will tell of his wonderful deeds
and be glad and exult in him.
Sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.
We will tell of his wonderful deeds
and be glad and exult in him.
Sing praise to the Lord, who dwells in Zion.
We will declare his deeds among the peoples.
We will sing and be glad and rejoice in his holy name.

Short Passages of Scripture

The Lord gave the word;
great was the company of those who bore the tidings.  Psalm 68.11

How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,
who brings good news,
who announces salvation,
who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’  Isaiah 52.7

Proclaim to the city the message that I tell you.  Jonah 3.2

Jesus said,
‘Go into all the world
and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.’  Mark 16.15

God has reconciled us to himself through Christ
and has enlisted us in this service of reconciliation.  2 Corinthians 5.18