Blessed are you, O God, giver of all good things. You bring forth order from chaos, abundance from scarcity. Your kingdom overflows with gifts. In Melchizedek, you gave bread and wine as a sign of your kingdom of peace. You gave children to Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Tamar, Ruth, and Hannah, blessing them and fulfilling your promise. Gifts dedicated your Tabernacle. You open the hearts of the righteous, freely scattering gifts to the poor. You gave seers of old the gift of prophecy, and let them see the coming of the Messiah. You led kings from the East to come and worship your gift to the world, God in human flesh.
On the night he was handed over to death, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.
Remembering, therefore, his coming in humble circumstances, his ministry of healing and forgiveness, his death and resurrection, we await the day when he comes again in glory. Come, Lord Jesus.
By your Spirit bless us and this meal, that it feed our hunger for justice and fill us with your love, your wisdom, your transforming power for good. Come, Holy Spirit.
Bless your people and pour out upon us spiritual gifts, that your Church may ever live in your Promise and sing your praise, Source of life, Redeemer of the world, Spirit of grace and truth, now and forever. Amen.
Top: "Gift to the Magi" by Richard Jesse Watson.