Here are the words I used on Sunday, feel free to borrow them if you find them useful/helpful. You may need a few tweaks for local custom and practice on serving, but this reflects typical Baptist experience.
We gather round a table, set for a meal
Clean linen and sparkling silver, fresh baked bread and outpoured wine
We gather round a table, having come ill-prepared
Our hands unwashed, the dust of the day clinging to our clothes
We gather round a table, as members of one family
Brothers and sisters of heavenly parentage,
Children of God
Siblings in Christ.
The Story & Distribution
Why are we here?
Why do we take tiny crumbs of bread and teeny sips of wine?
Why do we pretend this is a feast when everything is a token?
Here is why.
Late one spring evening, at the time when everyone was celebrating God’s goodness a very long time ago, Jesus and his friends had one last meal together. They borrowed a room and enjoyed a good meal as they sang old psalms and prayed lovely prayers.
Then Jesus did something odd
As he picked up some bread, he said a prayer, then he broke it and said ‘when you eat bread think about me, because just as this bread is broken, my body will be broken.’
They didn’t understand.
But no-one dared ask what he meant.
So they took the bread and ate it.
And so will we!
Prayer over bread
Thank you God for bread, even this tiny little taste reminds us of the food you give us each day.
Thank you God for Jesus, help us to think about him whenever we eat bread.
[Bread served and eaten]
After everyone had eaten their tea and was feeling pleasantly full, Jesus did something else odd.
He picked up a goblet of wine and said ‘when you drink wine, think about me, because just as this wine has been poured out, so my life blood will be poured out, and there will be a new bond between people and God.’
They didn’t understand
But no-one dared ask what he meant
So they took the cup of wine and drank from it.
And so will we!
Prayer over wine
Thank you God for wine, even this tiny little sip reminds us of the joy you give us each day.
Thank you God for Jesus, who calls us his brothers and sisters if we follow his way
Help us to think about him whenever we drink wine.
After the meal was over, Jesus and his friends sang a song together before they went out, and so will we.
(c) Catriona Gorton 2012