Based on 1st John 4:7-12 ~ unifying love
Generous God, who meets us at this table and throughout our lives with infinite grace, we thank you. So many have gathered today across the globe to remember your eternal gifts, and to taste the love in them once more. Bread has been broken, the cup has been poured, prayers and praise and songs have been offered – all part of our effort for faithful remembrance. To this table we were called and gladly came: for nourishment, for healing, for renewal. And from it you send us back into the world to share the abundance we received here.
Today, in the wake of the tragedies in Huston, the Keys, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and beyond, help us become more committed than ever to searching beneath the rubble of shattered dreams, to sifting through the shards of broken certainties, for the sturdy bedrock you alone offer. Let those whose lives are disrupted and overturned, who grieve deeply this day, find that despite the deepest imaginable loss, there may be hope to be found in relying upon a simple, basic, sustaining trust in you. You teach again and again that when life is over, your resurrection restores. When dreams seem lost, you create anew. And when all is gone, your love remains. For the greatest gift you have given your world, O God, is love – simple, ferocious love. And it is enough.
And so let us go from here, dear God, with the acknowledgement that having glimpsed, through our shared bread and cup, the wonder of your presence and the bountiful loving goodness it offers, we have the encouragement we need to help make our world glow with your transforming love every day. Let our lives spread your love as we reach out to heal broken hearts, to promote justice, to work for meaningful and lasting peace, to rebuild from devastation, and to share in countless ways the comfort and hope you have shared with us – that your gifts may be spread all around the globe.
We ask these things as Christ’s followers, who long to be recognized by a single primary and defining characteristic - our love. Hear us as we sing together the prayer your son taught us … Lord’s Prayer.