Call to the Table

Call to the Table

God of our grandmothers and mothers,

of Eve and Sarah, Miriam and Hanna,

Mary and Martha, Mother Mary and Mary

of Magdala, of Lois and Eunice

we come to your table today,

World Communion Sunday

in this season of repentance

   of leaves turning colors

  of pomegranates bursting with seeds

to celebrate your love poured out for us

our trust rekindled

You call us to stand

at your watchtowers

to wait for Your vision

You call us to put on our aprons

and serve You first


Lord of the open and expanding table

we come to give up

    our appetites for power

    our thirst for revenge

    our addictions to despair

    our shame about suffering

we come empty handed

hands out to receive You


Lord of the open and expanding table

we come to partake

of your body broken

your spirit living

   in this bread.

We come to drink

from the cup of blessing

your blood, your love

given for us


Lord of the Feast

we remember today

our ancestors in faith

our Jewish and Christian

grandfathers and fathers

our Jewish and Christian

grandmothers and mothers

we come to celebrate our heritage

the ties that bind us

  generation to generation

  one to each other


Lord of today and tomorrow

we live between memory and hope

for your kin-dom come

here on earth as it is in heaven

  feed us

  rekindle Your light in us

  to be your faithful servants

  your seeds of transformation