Lunch Grace

My regional rep, Allison Seed asked me to offer the opening grace at our first meal together in Philadelphia.  A few asked for the prayer.  Here it is:

Great and Loving God, Saving Christ, Gentle Spirit:

For our time together these two days,

we ask your blessing.

For all of those who faithfully serve us at the Board of Pensions,

we ask your blessing.

For our larger church,

we ask your blessing.

For our hurting and violence-filled world,

we ask your blessing.

For our families, friends, communities and congregations we left to be here,

we ask your blessing.

 

For those who are serving us these days, we ask your blessing.

Hotel workers,

those who bring us a cup of coffee in the morning,

or a glass of wine at night,

Those who we do not see but whose work sustains us

Those who prepared for our arrival in this place

Those who prepared our food that we will eat today,

May we remember them and remember that our calling is to Christ’s justice.

For this food and all the hands that have touched it from the farms to the table,

we ask your blessing.

Especially we pray for those in Boston this week,

Recovering from such terror and pain.

May we remember that this level of violence

is commonplace in so many parts in this world.

May we be strengthened in our resolve to be peacemakers.

May our time together strengthen us

For service in Your church.

Help us to create ever-growing connections to each other.

Bless this time we share.

In Christ’s name we pray.

Amen and Amen.

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