by Becky Anderson
“Now We Join in Celebration at our Savior’s Invitation.”
When I got up this morning a song came into my head.
I began to hum a tune; then the words came to me: the words of a communion hymn. I went downstairs to the piano and the hymnal and found the hymn titled above.
Of all the experiences of community at St. Michaels-- making sandwiches for Union Gospel Mission, singing in choir, Sunday worship, Faith in Daily Life—Communion is the most transcendent. It’s as though we relax in the arms of God for those brief moments and not just our bodies, but our Spirits are fed. Sometimes tears come; sometimes joy; sometimes both.
Picture yourself at the communion rail surrounded by others.
You may think of a time that was special for you at communion,
perhaps when you were specially blessed.
Choose your favorite communion hymn; read it as a poem or
sing if you’re inclined. Or use the words below.
Now we join in celebration at our Savior’s invitation,
dressed no more in spirit somber, clothed instead in joy and wonder
For the Lord of all existence, putting off divine transcendence,
Stoops again in love to meet us, with his very life to feed us.
O God, healer of our every ill, bless us in this time
of Coronavirus. Help us to be steadfast
in our relationship with you and our relationships with others.
Keep us mindful of those who are ill in body or spirit,
Show us your way for us this day. Amen.
Becky Anderson is a retired clinical social worker whose first career was teaching English in public school. She has worked for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as a writer/editor and then
in campus ministry. Theological questions led her to Luther Seminary where she found a gracious God (while earning an MA degree). At the advice of a mentor at Luther, Becky earned
her Master of Social Work degree. She worked in the counseling fields for 27 years; retiring late, from her favorite job in the ER Crisis Program at Regions.