Last Sunday I visited another church and the service included communion. Just before the bread and wine was distributed the following pray of invitation was read out:
“Come to this table, not because you must but because you may,
not because you are strong, but because you are weak.
Come, not because any goodness of your own gives you a right to come,
but because you need mercy and help.
Come, because you love the Lord a little and would like to love him more.
Come, because he loved you and gave himself for you.
Come and meet the risen Christ, for we are his Body.”*
These are different words to the ones that are used at my home church, although I have heard them before at another church. I found these words very powerful and helpful. Hopefully they might encourage any who may read this posting.
*[W. Barclay, The Lord’s Supper, SCM, 1967]