Communion Prayer—May 29

We gather today at this table to hear our sacred story and to share your sacred meal. We remember your creative power, giving us life. When we strayed from the life you intended for us by living for ourselves and not in harmony with creation, you sent prophets to call us back. Out of your great love for us, you took on human flesh in Jesus to live with us, who died, and who was raised to eternal life. We praise you for the great gift of Jesus, who redeems us and claims us in love.

Make us mindful of those with whom we gather that we might find your body remembered in our community.

Make us just as aware though, of those who cannot be present in body this day for one reason or another.

For those who may be away seeking rest in another place we pray you give them peace and refresh their souls.

For those who may be ill or injured or declining we ask for healing and wholeness.

For those who we have lost, we ask for your eternal care and comfort for the families and loved ones who remain. We think especially of the family of Bob Zabel.

For those who cannot gather at table because it is not a safe place for them we ask that your love be made more fully known. We ask that you make us more inclusive, more loving, and more able to see all people through your eyes.

On this Memorial Sunday, remember those who gave of their lives in the protection of this country. We give you thanks for their courage and commitment and willingness to defend our welfare and comfort. In their honor, help us to pursue lasting peace and justice and security, banishing wars and such killing. At the time of our trial, we pray we have lived as stewards of brothers and sisters everywhere.

Bind us to one another beyond time and memory. Finally, make us mindful of that great communion of saints with whom we gather in community around this table and with those tables scattered to the ends of the earth, the wider church. Help us as we grow in these challenging days. Mold us and shape us into the community of hope and love you’ve always imagined. We join our voices…Our Father