Every so often, we need to be reminded that we all come before God as sinners, wholly dependent on God's grace. Like the tax collector in our gospel passage for today, the best thing we can say is, "Lord, have mercy upon me, a sinner."
It is here at this table that we receive that mercy. Here we remember the love of God that was so great that even the life of Jesus was not too much to give in order to overcome our sin and defeat death. Here we take the bread and cup and are renewed within, ready to go into the world and try again to live as true children of God.
Let us pray.
God whose grace knows no end, we thank you for Jesus, who came to us to teach us how to life and then gave his life that we might truly live; free from sin and death.
Now, as we take this bread and cup, broken and poured out, let us be broken from all that stands between us and truly being your servants and then poured out into your world as an offering of grace and peace to all we meet.
As we take these symbols of the body and blood of Christ, may we become truly the body of Christ ourselves and truly represent you to the people of this world.
In the name of Jesus, our Risen Lord, Amen.