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“When At This Table” – vocals

Dale and I have recently recorded vocals (well, Dale has 🙂 for my recent setting of Shirley Erena Murray’s When At This Table.

Feel free to use for your personal reflection or in worship.  Mind you, it’s the sort of reflection – as per Shirley’s deep lyric, that will propel you to action and response. Just saying!
Blessings,
David

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“When at This Table”

I’m a long time admirer of the contemporary hymn poetry of New Zealander Shirley Erena Murray. Her songs are sung around the world.

Last night, as is my way, I started reflecting on the lectionary gospel reading for next Sunday, 5 May.  It’s from John 21 and features initially the disciples’ fruitless fishing expedition … until Jesus “appears”, gives them a Plan B … and a miraculous catch follows.  Later, Jesus asks Peter there times if Peter loves him. Peter, with incredulity responds. Each time, Jesus calls Peter to feed his sheep.

That’s the backdrop.  So, I looked at available music via the wonderful Singing from the Lectionary site.  I found this song, When at the Table.  The accompanying tune was OK, yet taking in the profound lyrics, it triggered a new communion song setting within me.  So, I offer it to you. For me, it provides wonderful connections between worship, mission justice-making and Christ who feeds us in word, sacrament and by the Spirit.  If using, please be faithful to CCLI/OneLicense copyright recording for both lyrics and music.

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When At This Table

1. When at this table I receive a blessing
The broken bread the wine of life for me
Then let me share the peace with you my neighbor
And let the Spirit set our spirits free

2. If at this table I have need of healing
Unbidden grief relationship gone wrong
Then let me know that hands of God enfolding
And let lament become believing song

3. If at this table I forget the hungry
The dispossessed and warfare’s spreading stain
Then let this bread become the bread of judgment
This wine the sharp awareness of that pain

4. If at this table I make dedication
To give my life in serving what is good
Then let my center be where God invites me
And show the words of Jesus understood

5. What faith I have I bring to join this table
What hope I hold in Christ is taught and true
With brothers sisters I will share the blessing
The feast where God is making all things new

Shirley Erena Murray
© 2004 Murray, Shirley Erena

A place at God’s table – Communion liturgy & song

Communion at tableHi. This post won’t be for everyone, so thanks for your patience.

Over 10 years ago, I served in a chaplaincy-type role at the then Forest Lake College, and also The Springfield College, two Anglican-Uniting P-12 day schools in SW Brisbane, Australia.  This was a challenging, yet enriching experience. A fond memory of my time there was working with my Anglican colleague Rev Dr Greg Jenks on an ecumenical communion preparation program with our Year 3 students, teachers and families.  We great leadership from Greg, an extensive 30-page booklet called A Place at the Table (preparing children for the Supper of the Lord) was prepared.  This was a wonderful journey, though I suspect, it never quite got implemented.  Someone please prove me wrong … please.

Anyhow … I wrote a “child-friendly” Communion song called Find your place around God’s table.    score   lyrics  

I’ve used it in three suburban Brisbane congregations since.  I’ll do so again in two days time. However, ever since writing it, and using it in and around a communion liturgy, it’s never fitted well. So, I’ve written one.  Access it via this link.

In short, there are parts for the presider to say, and in three ‘chunks’, four verses for the congregation.  Feel free to use it, and let me know how it goes.  I suspect there will be some ongoing refining.

Cheers – David

Find your place around God’s table
Bread and wine – God’s gifts we share
As we eat and drink together
Jesus Christ is present here

Gather round, as we remember
Jesus taking wine and bread
‘My body, blood – it’s given for you’
Sacrament – as souls are fed.

 Take your place around God’s Table
Taste and see that God is grace
Be encouraged, loved, forgiven
Among God’s family, find your place.

We take our place around your table
We taste and see that you are grace
We go encouraged, loved, forgiven
Among God’s family, find our place

 David MacGregor  © 2004   Willow Publishing

 


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