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Thanksgiving for the Mission
of the Church
     
    A suitable Gospel reading may be introduced by this acclamation
     
    We proclaim not ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord
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  and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.
     
    For the God who said, Let light shine out of darkness,
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  has caused the light to shine within us:
     
    to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God
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  in the face of Jesus Christ.
     
    Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to N.
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  Glory to you, O Lord.
     
    After the Gospel reading
     
    This is the Gospel of the Lord.
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  Praise to you, O Christ.
     
    This prayer of thanksgiving may be said
     
    Blessed are you,
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
for you have blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing.
You chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world
and destined us for adoption as your children.
In Christ we have the forgiveness of sins,
an inheritance in your kingdom, the seal of your Spirit,
and in him we live for the praise of your glory
for ever and ever.
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  Amen.
     
    The commissioning of those called and prepared to exercise particular ministries may take place here.
     
    The Apostles' Creed or an authorized Affirmation of Faith and this affirmation of commitment are said at a principal service and may be said on other occasions.
     
    Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship,
in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
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  With the help of God, I will.
     
    Will you persevere in resisting evil,
and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
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  With the help of God, I will.
     
    Will you proclaim by word and example
the good news of God in Christ?
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  With the help of God, I will.
     
    Will you seek and serve Christ in all people,
loving your neighbour as yourself?
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  With the help of God, I will.
     
    Will you acknowledge Christ's authority over human society,
by prayer for the world and its leaders,
by defending the weak, and by seeking peace and justice?
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  With the help of God, I will.
     
    May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith,
that you may be rooted and grounded in love
and bring forth the fruit of the Spirit.
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  Amen.
     
    Intercessions for those engaged in ministry and other prayers for the mission of the Church may be offered.
     
    This Collect is said
     
    Almighty God,
who called your Church to witness
that in Christ you were reconciling the world to yourself:
help us so to proclaim the good news of your love,
that all who hear it may be reconciled to you
through him who died for us and rose again
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
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  Amen.
     
    The Lord's Prayer is said.
     
    The service ends either with the Peace or with the following blessing
     
    Let us bless the living God:
he was born of the Virgin Mary,
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  revealed in his glory,
    worshipped by angels,
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  proclaimed among the nations,
    believed in throughout the world,
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  exalted to the highest heavens.
     
    Blessed be God, our strength and our salvation,
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  now and for ever.  Amen.
     
    Let us bless the Lord.
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  Thanks be to God.
     
The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2000-2004
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