When We Come To the Lord’s Table
(A Pastoral Prayer)
We come to Your table, Lord, not because we are worthy, not for any righteousness of ours—For we have sinned and fallen short of what, by Your help, we might have been. Father, forgive us.
We come to Your table, Lord, not that there is any magic in partaking of the symbols of Christ’s body and blood, but we come because You bid us come. It is Your table. And You invite us. Father, we thank You for the invitation.
We come to Your table because it is a memorial to Your Son, Jesus Christ…as often as it is done, we do it in remembrance of Him. And we remember Him…His life, His sufferings and death. We want to humble ourselves in His presence and bow before Him in worship. Father, accept us as we come.
We come to Your table, Lord, because here is portrayed Christian self-denial, and we are taught very forcibly the virtue of sacrifice which has salvation in it. Father, accept us as we come.
We come to Your table, Lord, because here we have the opportunity to acknowledge our unworthiness and to make a new start. Father, give us Your strength to carry on.
We come to Your table, Lord, because we find comfort and peace. Father, grant us the peace that passes all of our understanding.
We come to Your table, Lord, because here we find hope. Father, we hope only in You.
We come to Your table, Lord, because we rise from this place with new strength, courage and power to live for You who died for us.
In the remembrance which only You can bring, we pray, in the name of Jesus, Your Son, our Savior. Amen.