Sadly, the way we as Christians have historically responded to the gift of the Eucharist is to make sure that we understand it, then to make sure we put boundaries around it and then to make sure we enforce both the correct understanding and the correct boundaries. But on the night Jesus was betrayed he didn’t say “this is my body broken for you…UNDERSTAND this in remembrance of me….he didn’t say ACCEPT this or DEFEND this or BOUNDARY this in remembrance of me he just said do this in remembrance of me. – Nadia Bolz Weber, “This teaching is HARD, who can accept it” – a sermon on the Eucharist
The table is rich-laden; feast royally, all of you! The calf is fattened; let no one go forth hungry! Let all partake of the Feast of Faith. Let all receive the riches of goodness. Let none lament their poverty, for the Universal Kingdom has been revealed.
– John Chrysostom
Today I am reminded of the hospitality of Christ. We are all welcome at his banquet. We just have to accept the invitation. Let’s take the time to RSVP “Yes!” this year. I pray you have a blessed and beautiful Thanksgiving. Lisa <><
ps- This hymn would also be great for World Communion Sunday, traditionally celebrated by many Christian denominations the first Sunday in October.
Come Sup With God
by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
Meter 88.88 (LM)
HURSLEY (United Methodist Hymnal #339) or
GIFT OF LOVE (United Methodist Hymnal #408)
Come sup with God all you who thirst
All you who hunger be the first
Feast on Christ’s Body and his Blood
O taste and see this meal of Love
Come children, elders, blind, and spent
Come foolish, able, indigent
Confess, repent, and then receive
Forgiveness flows abundantly
Come often, friend, for here is grace
made manifest in time and place
Christ’s mercy floods our brokenness
with healing balm and righteousness
Come to be changed. Come to be fed.
Come savor Christ, the Life, the Bread.
Drink deep the gift of healing poured
and leave a vessel of our Lord.
Sing Praise to Christ our Host and meal
Whose saving work provides the seal
for us once bound, now freed from death
to live for Christ with every breath
© 2000 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution.
Please contact Lisa for information and permission to publish this work in any form.
Lisa Ann, this is a beautiful hymn – I would like to use it in worship this weekend. We will of course give you the appropriate attribution. We will use it with the tune “The Gift of Love” which I think really works nicely. Is there anything else you need from me? May I have permission?
Pastor S. Blake Duncan+
Absolutely! Nothing more is needed. I pray it is a blessing to God and your congregation. – Lisa <