Do this and remember me. Those simple words, spoken over bread and cup, call us back to you, Lord Christ.
This is my body, given for you. In your arms, Lord Jesus, stretched on a cross the love of God embraces all the earth.
This is my blood, poured out for you for the forgiveness of sin. Lamb of God, as you empty yourself you fill our cups until they overflow.
All of you drink.
Your commands, Prince of Peace, call us to come around your ever-expanding table and be welcomed. You call us to make room for more, eat our fill, no need to hold back at this family feast, there is always plenty with baskets left over.
Lord of lords, we look around and see the whole communion of the saints, some singing, some shouting, some letting loose of tears long held at bay. We come, just as we are and through the power of the Holy Spirit we are lifted into your presence. We come and find rest for our souls. We leave imbued with our belovedness and that of our brothers and sisters, too.
These are the gifts of God for the people of God. Lord of love, your body and blood, the gifts of God, for the people of God, for us, all of us, everywhere, united in and through you. We tremble at the cost of such gifts. And we remember.
We remember the grace, the mercy, the redemption won for us.
We remember the cross.
We remember the empty tomb.
We remember our hearts burning and our eyes opening.
We remember your promises.
We remember the grace, the mercy, the redemption won for the world.
The bread of life, the cup of salvation, the gifts of God for God’s people, all over the world.
We remember, Lord Christ, as we give you thanks, with our lips and with our lives.
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