Some of you have expressed appreciation for receiving elements of the liturgy for our monthly Roundtable Worship here in the mountains of North Carolina. After the lighting of a candle on our roundtable, we begin with the antiphonal Call that opens the way to dialogue. After a song, we then turn to Remembrance of the gracious work of reconciliation that has brought us to this day. That is followed by a thanksgiving, a taste of bread and drink, a reading, our conversation, and prayers of hope and commitment. Here are the Call and Remembrance from our last gathering for your use or meditation.
Call to the Table
From the darkness of depression and despair,
You call us to the light illuminating all creation.
Out of the glittering distractions of the turmoil around us,
You draw us to the peace of your courageous beauty.
In the midst of all the horror of our lost humanity,
You reach out in hands of mercy and repair.
When all our roads lead to the pit of earth’s destruction,
You lead us on the path of resurrected life.
As we cry in hunger for the bread of mercy,
You spread forth a table for our healing.
We come to your table,
Your table of peace.
ALL: Amen. Amin. Ameyn.
The life you freely gave us all fell from our grasping fingers,
Yet you sustained us in the slavery of our wanderings;
You led us through the desert to oases of your mercy.
In the exhortations of your prophets,
you lifted up your hope for us.
In the visions of your mystics,
you renewed a fire in our hearts for you.
In the life surrendered on a cross
you poured out a flood of your creative love.
In that life we find your peace;
At your table we receive the fruits of your abiding power.
Amen. Amin. Ameyn.
Beautiful words…very compatible with my Aramaic prayers (kaddish) and Buddhist meditation!