Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Blending in, bringing flavour

Can I ever belong here?
I do not know the words.
I do not know how to act.
I am different.

Where is the warm place in our hearts?
Where is the welcome that expresses
the abundance of the deep love of God?
How must we act to build trust?
What can we do to create friendship?

What manner of people are these?
What has shaped them that they would try
to welcome the stranger?
How can I bring honour to God
in my response to their invitation?

We have so much to learn.
As God calls us into the newness of the holy family,
we keep learning new ways.
We keep embracing new ideas and old stories.

We come together in the banquet of Heaven.
We come to the table of the Lord, laden with
the simplicity of the gifts of the earth and the vine
and all the complexities of culture and habit.

We come together in the banquet of Heaven,
to dance with the Spirit and sing with the angels.
We come to care for one another
and be the heart of God, embracing one another.
We come together in the banquet of Heaven,
delighting in the tastes and aromas of eternal life.

Our eyes behold the table of the Lord.
Here we hear the story of Life.
Here we celebrate and give thanks.
Here we praise the Creator of all wonder.
Here we receive the Spirit of God.

By this Spirit, we recognise Christ
and are bold to proclaim:

Holy, Holy, Holy are You -
Revelation of God, Source of all Life.  
Heaven and Earth about with your glory.
Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!

Blest is the One who comes in God’s name.
Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!

(C) 2017, A.Koh-Butler

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