When at This Table

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Shirley Erena Murray
Tune Name: PENDER ISLAND

Lyrics as Poetry

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.If at this table I have need of healing,
unbidden grief, relationship gone wrong,
then let me know the hands of God enfolding,
and let lament become believing song.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.If at this table I make dedication
to give my life in serving what is good,
then let my centre be where God invites me,
and show the words of Jesus understood.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.


Words by
Shirley Erena MurrayCopyright © 2004 by Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, Illinois • USA

                                         Audio Sample for "When at This Table"

Verse 1 sung by David Moddle

Scripture References

  • Matthew 26:17-30
  • Mark 14:12-26
  • Luke 22:7-40
  • John 13:1-18:1
  • John 21:1-19
  • John 21:13-17
  • Acts 2:37-47
  • Acts 2:43-47
  • 1 Corinthians 11:17-28
  • Ephesians 4:25-5:2
  • 1 Peter 4:8-11
  • Revelation 21:1-7

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Care, Caring
  • Communion
  • Compassion
  • Eucharist
  • Feast, Feasting
  • Festive, Festival
  • Heal, Healing
  • Hope
  • Human Relationships
  • Jesus∶ teacher
  • Justice, Human Rights
  • Lent
  • Maundy Thursday
  • Mercy
  • Offering, Offertory
  • Pain
  • Promise
  • Relationships∶ relationships with others
  • Share, Sharing
  • Sustenance
  • Table
  • World

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