We Come to This Table
KREMSER (188.8.131.52) ("We Gather Together")
We come to this table, O God, with thanksgiving.
We lift up our hearts, we remember, we pray.
We hear Jesus' welcome — inviting, forgiving;
We know your Spirit's peace as we feast here today.
We dine at your table as sisters and brothers,
Diverse in our cultures, yet nourished as one.
The bread and the cup that we share here with others
Are gifts uniting all who are claimed by your Son.
We grieve for your world here; we cry, "How much longer?"
We pray for the cycles of violence to cease.
Yet here, in Christ broken, we're fed and made stronger
To labor in his name for a world filled with peace.
We rise from this table with new dedication
To feed the world's children, to free the oppressed,
To clear out the minefields, to care for creation;
We pray, O God of peace, that our work will be blest.
Tune: Nederlandtsch Gedenckclanck, 1626; arranged by Eduard Kremser, 1877 ("We Gather Together")
Text: Copyright © 2002 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
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