As I went a walking One morning in spring I met with some travelers On an old country lane One was an old man The second a maid The third was a young boy who smiled as he said
Chorus"With the wind in the willows The birds in the sky There's a bright sun to warm us wherever we lie... We have bread and fishes and a jug of red wine To share on our journey with all humankind".
So I asked them to tell me their names and their race So I could remember each smile on their face "Our names, they mean nothing... They change throughout time So come sit beside us and share in our wine" CHORUS
So I sat down beside them With flowers all around We ate from a mantle Spread out on the ground They told me of prophets And peoples and kings And all of the one god that knows everything "We're traveling to Glaston Over England's green lanes To hear of men's troubles To hear of their pains We travel the wide world Over land and the sea To tell all the people How they can be free..."
So sadly I left them On that old country lane For I knew that I'd never see them again One was an old man The second a maid The third was a young boy who smiled as he said...
Gathering: Leader: I will sing your praises O God All: God’s greatness is cause for celebration and thanksgiving
Leader: God is gracious and merciful All: God is patient and compassionate
Leader: Proclaim the greatness of God and show in all we do All: God is faithful and just, help us to strive to be the same.
Prayer for the day: Loving God your love and compassion showed itself in and through Jesus. When people gathered, he cared for them and their needs. Help us to be more compassionate, show us how to feed those who hunger and help them find satisfaction. Amen
Hymn Lord you have come to the seashore written by Cesareo Gabarain
My life's companion, my friend and refuge. REFRAIN
Leader: May God be with you All: and also with you. Leader: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew. (14:13-21)
All: Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ.
Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Leader: The Gospel of Christ. All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Sisters and brothers, God our Savior is our refuge! So let us pray to God saying, “Incline your ear to us; Hear our words.”
God our Savior, show us your face. May your Church be satisfied in your presence. May you reveal to us your ways so that we might walk in the light of your truth. Silence Incline your ear to us; Hear our words.
O God, your eyes are fixed on justice. We pray for all victims of war and violence and famine. Give heed to the cries of those in need throughout the world. Silence Incline your ear to us; Hear our words.
God of Abundance, you have blessed the Earth to bring forth plenty. May we recognize the abundance in our own lives and so that those with little may also have their fill. Silence Incline your ear to us; Hear our words.
O God, have compassion on the people of our region. Show us your marvelous loving-kindness so that our fears may be replaced with trust in your goodness. Silence Incline your ear to us;Hear our words.
God of Blessing, we call upon you, for you answer us in our need. We pray this day for all those desperate for your blessing. Moved by compassion, heal the sick and suffering ones we hold in our hearts this day. add your own petitions and thanksgivings, followed by Silence Incline your ear to us; Hear our words.
The Lord's Prayer
Song Until All Are Fed – Brian McFarland One Licence A-605236