Sunday, May 04, 2008

The Heart of the Matter

Come to this sacred table, not because you must, but because you may;
Come to testify not that you are righteous, but that you sincerely love our Jesus Christ, and desire to be his true disciple;
Come not because you are strong, but because you are weak;
Come not because you have any claim on heaven's rewards, but because in your frailty and sin you stand in constant need of heaven's mercy and help;
Come not to express an opinion, but to seek a Presence and pray for a Spirit.

This a part of the liturgy for the communion table in many churches, and was in ours this morning. I have heard it attributed to an Anglican Bishop John Hunter, but admit I don't know its origin. Well, yeah, I guess I do - the Holy Spirit.

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