This post is appearing on Sunday for just this week. In light of my previous post about festschrift for Chris Ellis, today's Eucharist post, is from one of his hymns (which incidentally appears in Gathering Disciples), which borrows from early church document The Didache.
A Sign of Unity
The grain once scattered on the hills
Is gathered here in bread;
So may divided people come
And with one loaf be fed.
The bread is broken to be shared,
The love of Christ we see;
So love must now accept the cost –
In giving we are free.
The grapes once grown upon the hills
Are crushed within the cup;
The fruit of earth, the sweat of brow –
Thanksgiving offered up.
The peace we share is to be lived,
This meal gives energy,
To strive with hope and give the world –
A sign of unity.
We thank you Lord that still you share
Your life with us today;
So may communion be our style
In following your way.