Approaching the Table

The Bread and the Wine

A Prayer  from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

Prayer for Communion

Celebrant:
The table of bread is now to be made ready.
It is the table of company with Jesus,
and all who love him.
It is the table of sharing with the poor of the world,
with whom Jesus identified himself.
It is the table of communion with the earth,
in which Christ became incarnate.
So come to this table,
you who have much faith
and you who would like to have more;
you who have been here often
and you who have not been for a long time;
you who have tried to follow Jesus,
and you who have failed;
come.

It is Christ who invites us to meet him here.

All:
Loving God,
through your goodness
we have this bread and juice to offer,
which has come forth from the earth
and human hands have made.
May we know your presence
in the sharing,
so that we may know your touch
and presence in all things.
We celebrate the life that Jesus has shared
among his community through the centuries,
and shares with us now.
Made one in Christ

and one with each other,
we offer these gifts and with them ourselves,
a single, living, act of praise.

Amen.


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