The night of his betrayal, Christ Jesus took the bread,
And there with friends at table, he blessed it and he said,
“This is my body broken; I offer it to you.
Remember what I’ve spoken! Remember what I do!”
And then he took the chalice, and taught them one more time;
He said, “Receive the promise— my blood, in table wine.
As often as you do this, remember what I’ve done.”
We eat and drink proclaiming Christ’s death until he comes.
He got up from the supper and humbly served his friends;
With basin, towel and water, he showed how love extends.
He could have asked for glory, yet in a servant’s place,
He lived the gospel story and showed God’s love and grace.
The cup is our salvation, the bread, Lord, comes from you.
The water in the basin reminds us what is true:
Your love is your commandment to those who seek your way.
Now nourish us and send us, so we may serve today.
Biblical References: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Tune: LLANGLOFFAN 188.8.131.52. D (“Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers”)
Text: Copyright © 2016 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.