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Confession: A Place at the Table

(inspired by passages like Psalm 23, Exodus 16, Matthew 21:12-13; 25:37-40, Luke 14:15-24, John 2:13-17; 6:35)

Loving God,
Jesus likened your kingdom to a banquet
and invited his followers
to eat and drink at the table in remembrance.

But when he saw injustice,
he turned over tables in the temple.
We honour You, generous God,
for the abundance of creation.
You prepare a table before us.

We thank You, generous God,
for giving manna to the Israelites –
and to us when we find ourselves
in places of wilderness.
You prepare a table before us.

We praise You, generous God,
for the gift of Jesus,
who modeled faithfulness to you
and who feeds us with holy food and drink.
You prepare a table before us.

We admit, gracious God,
that we have failed to assure
that our neighbours at home and abroad
have access to the food they need.
Overturn the tables in our hearts.

We confess, gracious God,
our struggles to trust in Your abundance.
Overturn the tables in our hearts.

We acknowledge, gracious God,
our silence when we should have spoken
and our passivity when we should have acted
to end hunger.
Overturn the tables in our hearts.

And so, loving God,
we ask for strength that we might do your will,
and live with faithfulness and integrity.
Prepare a table before us.

Surely your goodness and unfailing love
will follow us all the days of our lives,
and we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Amen.

~ from “A Place at the Table,” posted on the Bread for the World website (altered slightly).

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