Monday, 17 June 2013

He Welcomes Us

'When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer." Luke 22:15

He welcomes us,
The broken and bereaved, the hopeless and the weak.
Young and old, tempted and tired, tested and despised,
He welcomes us all.

The rich and the beggar, the thief and the pedlar.

He gathers mums and dads, daughters and sons,
Married, divorced and single,
Eager to eat with with everyone
All are welcome, especially widow and orphan.

The table is for the stubborn and proud to be bought low at His feet
They discover a King who is humble and gives you His seat.
The burnout and weary will find rest as they eat
And discover a God whose love is complete.

Tax collector, prostitute, madman and sinner
All are welcomed to find hope at this dinner.

Worker or retired, at school or at home
Adult or child
Come eat and be known.

This meal of the King whose crown is of thorns
Whose throne is a Cross
Whose heart will be torn.

He welcomes us all to encounter anew His grace and forgiveness for his death is for you.

His death for the world and the whole cosmos is stark
Brutality and blood split
Wounds that will forever mark.

This God who has died
Is raised and now lives
Welcomes you to the table and beckons you in.

So come to the table, be transformed and be sent
And eat with this King, this God and this Friend.

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