Many of you reading this will be aware of our weekly Reflective Eucharist held each Tuesday, 9.45am - 10.00am.
Yesterday's worship contained a contribution by Jacky Stride, a Whirlow volunteer and regular contributor to Quiet Days etc. Jacky read her own composition as Rev Di Williams broke the bread and poured the wine - a beautiful and moving Eucharistic Prayer:
Preface – Gospel of Thomas: Logion 108
Whoever drinks what flows from my mouth Will come to be as I am
And I also will come to be as they are So that what is hidden will become manifest.
Taken, blessed, broken, shared
Bread, taken with faltering hands
and held with unworthy gratitude;
offered again and again
in an endless stream of love.
Bread, blessed by ancient words
of promise never broken.
Made holy by your eternal presence
freely given in all realms of existence.
Bread, crumbled between the
fingers of the Father, for me.
Broken again by my inability
to love as you have bidden me.
Bread, shared in corporate recognition
of a common hunger,
a unity which cannot be corrupted
or spoiled by a world of duality and fear.
Bread, enfolded into my body,
your “thou” coursing through
the essence of my “I”.
You in me and I in you.
Wine, drinking in your mystery
sip by glorious sip,
revealing the God within each one.
Taken, blessed, broken, shared.
Jacky Stride February 2016