Call to Worship
Praise to the Lord,
who lifts us out of our despair;
who raises us up when others diminish our confidence;
who listens for our calls for help
and heals us for new life.
Sing to the Lord,
who moves so swiftly from anger
to bestow favour for a lifetime;
who sits with us as we weep through the night
that we might greet each new day with rejoicing.
Whenever we are shaken
may we find security
in the eternity of the Lord.
Whenever we hit the ground in despair,
may the Lord’s mercy
remind us of the faithfulness of eternal love.
Dance with the Lord,
who turns our sadness to joy,
and teaches us new songs
full of eternal promise.
In the bread that finds its way to our table,
You, Providing Lord, are present,
as You meet the needs of our bellies and our hearts.
You feed our world,
that all may find their hunger eased
and be restored to health.
You take us to Your table
where we are reminded of Your purposes
for at Your table all are welcome,
all are equal,
and all receive Your grace in equal measure.
You teach us to share
and recognise the needs of those around us.
In placing the bread upon our tables
and the food within our live,
You, Healing Lord, meet us in our vulnerability.
Your tenderness unsettles our pride and belligerence
and causes us to review
the activity of our lives
and the words we have said.
Who have we hurt?
Who have we ignored?
In this time of restoration,
help us to leave behind
the old ways of being who we are
and allow our lives to be transformed by Your presence
and Your story.
each time we eat,
each time we meet,
You watch us grow and bend within Your love.
Inspire us to share in word and action,
the joy of being welcomed
to eat at Your eternal table.
we often think our hands are empty,
our mind are overwhelmed,
and our hearts are broken,
only to find that with Your grace
our pockets are full,
our imagination is lively
and Your love is fulfilling.
In this offering we make,
we remember Your kindness to us
and seek to share
from our time, talent and money
that others may know Your presence.