Each Man Shall Live Under His Own Vine And Fig Tree (1967), by Ronen Koresh
[Words in bold indicate the congregation’s part.]
Once upon a time, God made a garden,
and every creature lived in it happily with God.
We took long walks with God in the cool of the evening,
humans and snails, kangaroos and spiders, kitties and larks.
And when we all sat down with God to eat,
the curling vines gave up their fruit,
the tall gold wheat gave up its grain,
and we ate delicious bread
and drank from a cup of blessing,
singing songs under stars ‘till morning.
And the grateful creation was at peace.
Ever since, whenever we honor the earth
by eating and drinking with heartfelt thanks,
God walks with us again.
God sits with us and eats.
Our tables become the garden,
the whole creation sighs with peace,
and we see again how life was meant to be.
Come, now, everyone, to this table,
to the garden God planted in the East, in Eden.
Come, taste and remember,
taste and see how good God is.
Let us pray.
Thank you, Creator God,
for sharing your life with us
in every good thing of this world.
Thank you most of all for Jesus,
who sat us down to eat and drink
good bread and good wine,
so that in tasting how good they are
we could remember how good you are.
He is our East, our Eden,
our Garden of peace.
In him we find the fullness of life
you desired for us from the start—
walking together, sharing food, living in peace.
Send the Spirit to his table now
where he still sits us down,
where we still remember you.
Bless the bread and the cup,
fruit of the earth and work of our hands.
May they become by your grace
the taste of Eden in our hearts.
As we eat and drink together,
let us see more clearly
a vision of life as you meant it to be.
Consecrate us to the ministry of making it so,
by sharing earth’s goodness with all,
in reverence and hope, with justice, and joy.
Sharing Bread and Cup
Dear friends in Christ,
this is the bread Jesus blessed and broke
and gave us to share in remembrance of him.
This is the cup Jesus blessed and poured
and gave us to drink in remembrance if him.
Eating and drinking together,
we remember his death,
we rejoice in his rising,
and we wait for him to come again,
to judge in mercy,
to welcome in love,
and restore all creation,
to the praise and glory of God.
Thanking God, Blessing the Earth
[As we sing the closing Song, inflatable globes (or small earth beach balls) will passed through the pews. When one comes to you, please hold it for a moment, thank God for the world, and give the earth your blessing. Then pass the globe along to others.]
Song “Blue Boat Home” (Peter Mayer) Tune: HYFRYDOL