Share the Feast of Promised Presence

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Jesus Calls Us by John Bell & Graham Maule

Jesus calls us here to meet him
As, through word and song and prayer,
We affirm God’s promised presence,
Where his people live and care.

Praise the God who keeps his promise,
Praise the Son who calls us friends,
Praise the Spirit who, among us,
To our hopes and fears attends.

Jesus calls us to confess him
Word of Life and Lord of All,
Sharer of our flesh and frailness,
Saving all who fail and fall.

Tell his holy human story,
Tell his tales that all may hear,
Tell the world that Christ in glory
Came to earth to meet us here.

Jesus calls us to each other:
Found in him are no divides.
Race and class and sex and language,
Such are barriers he derides.

Join the hands of friend and stranger,
Join the hands of age and youth,
Join the faithful and the doubter
In their common search for truth.

Jesus calls us to his table,
Rooted firm in time and space,
Where the church in earth and heaven
Finds a common meeting place.

Share the bread and wine, his body,
Share the love of which we sing,
Share the feast for saints and sinners,
Hosted by our Lord and King.

John Bell and Graham Maule
© Wild Goose Resource Group, Iona Community, Glasgow, 1989

These lyrics can be sung to the tune: “Nettleton” – the same melody as that old hymn –  “Come Thou Font of Every Blessing“.

About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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