Invitations to the table

Over the past few months I’ve been studying and thinking about the role and place of the Lord’s Supper in church life, and although I haven’t finished with that I thought I would post some prayers, scriptures and service elements, all borrowed fromĀ Gathering for Worship: Patterns and Prayers for the Community of Disciples

Come to this table, not because you must but because you may,
not because you are strong, but because you are weak.
Come, not because any goodness of your own gives you a right to come,
but because you need mercy and help.
Come, because you love the Lord a little and would like to love him more.
Come, because he loved you and gave himself for you.
Come and meet the risen Christ, for we are his Body.

or

Here is the table of the Lord,
we are gathered to his supper,
a foretaste of things eternal.

Come, when you are fearful, to be made new in love.
Come, when you are doubtful, to be made strong in faith.
Come, when you are regretful, and be made whole.
Come, old and young,
there is room for all

and

We are invited to come together around this table as those who belong to
the household of Christ, brothers and sisters who in our baptized lives live
out the death and resurrection of Jesus. The family of the reborn and the
reconciled, who inhabit a universe of grace.

Photo by professor megan

2 thoughts on “Invitations to the table”

  1. Sue Rudibaugh says:

    Thanks for the ideas. I tweaked one of your suggested scripts for use in a small group. Here it is:
    We come to this table not because we must but because we may,
    not because we are strong, but because we are weak.

    We come, not because any goodness of our own gives us a right to come,
    but because we need mercy and help.

    We come, because we love the Lord and would like to love him more.
    We come, because he loved us and gave himself for us.

    We come and meet the risen Christ together, for we are his Body.

    1. Phil Whittall says:

      I think I prefer your version Sue! I like the use of ‘we’ emphasising the body and including the table host in the call. Also removing the ‘little’ is probably a little more encouraging to dear saints who! Thanks for posting

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