Our gospel reading is the story of Jesus' institution of the Lord's Supper with that all-important phrase, "Do this in remembrance of me." But there's an important point in the text just following: Jesus tells his disciples, who were (again) arguing about who was the greatest, that the greatest among them was the one who serves... and then he, himself, served them.
We come to the table as equals, sinners all and children of God all. Around the table with us are not betters or inferiors, but brothers and sisters.
Let us pray.
God who loves each and every one of us and wants us to love each other with that same love, we thank you for Jesus, who you sent to us as a servant to show us what how to be loving servants to each other. We thank you that he also served you, even to the point of death on the cross and won for us freedom from sin and death. We thank you for these symbols of that sacrifice, the bread and cup.
Now, as we take this bread and cup let us take up Jesus' servant nature and go into our world bringing his love to all we meet.
In the name of Jesus, our Risen Lord, Amen.