And the Table Will Be Wide

Yesterday I shared this beautiful invitation with my new church family at The Riverside Church–these are words worth hearing again.

Today was World Communion Sunday.  As an invitation to the table I used Jan Richardson‘s beautiful poem, And the Table Will Be Wide.

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I loved it so much I am thinking we should use it every communion Sunday.

And the Table Will Be Wide
A Blessing for World Communion Sunday

And the table
will be wide.
And the welcome
will be wide.
And the arms
will open wide
to gather us in.
And our hearts
will open wide
to receive.

And we will come
as children who trust
there is enough.
And we will come
unhindered and free.
And our aching
will be met
with bread.
And our sorrow
will be met
with wine.

And we will open our hands
to the feast
without shame.
And we will turn
toward each other
without fear.
And we will give up
our appetite
for despair.
And we will taste
and know
of delight.

And we will become bread
for a hungering world.
And we will become drink
for those who thirst.
And the blessed
will become the blessing.
And everywhere
will be the feast.

One Comment on “And the Table Will Be Wide

  1. I love the poem, but I also love the invitation we have used for the past dozen or so years. Maybe a combination?

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