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through the water to the table: a communion prayer for Easter 6C

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, ruler of the universe,
for you are the One who creates and the One who calls.
Through the waters you have called your people,
through the waters you have redeemed
and through the waters you have made holy.
When we lost our way or turned away,
the sound of your voice was as mighty and sweet
as a river making its way through the wilderness.
And so with give you thanks,
for you have been our guide and our sustenance.
We give you thanks for your Son, Jesus the Christ,
who is living water and living bread,
and who gathers us all around his table
that we might learn to be like him,
broken and poured out for the world you so love.
Call to us again through this bread and wine, O Lord.
Open our ears to the cries of your world in need,
to the joy and the pain of our neighbors,
to the hope and the despair of a world that cannot find peace,
to the longing and the grief of those who suffer.
May our hearts break for what breaks yours,
and may we heed your call to be your hands and feet.
We listen.

As we come to this feast,
as we seek you in these ordinary things of life,
fill this meal and this fellowship with your Spirit.
Create again, O God, the body of Christ,
made whole through brokenness,
love pouring through the cracks.
We pray in the name of the One who heard and obeyed,
even to the cross and even to the empty tomb,
Jesus the Christ, who taught us to pray together…

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, IL