A lot of people in Jesus' time came to him to be healed. Is that why you're here today? Part of what this table represents is healing; healing of the relationships between people and God and between people and others. Part of the legacy of sin in this world is separation from God and others. When Jesus died to take away the power of sin and death over us, that separation went with it. As we gather around this table, we gather as brothers and sisters, children all of the living God.
Let us pray.
God who is loving father and mother to us all, we thank you that you sent your son to teach us about what a life given to loving you and others would look like. We thank you also that he did not even withhold his own life in order to secure oneness with you and each other for us. We thank you for this bread and cup, that remind us of his sacrifice and show us how much you truly love us.
As we take the bread and cup, fill us again with your Spirit that we will carry the message and the practice of your love out into the world with us, that through us people will see you.
In the name of Jesus, our Risen Lord, Amen.