I am the living bread that came down from heaven.
(John 6:51; NLT).
1. At communion, all are fed
From one small dish: your living bread.
At communion, all can sup
Your living wine, from one small cup.
2. Thus, you fed the thousands, Lord,
With living faith and love outpoured.
Thus, you feed the millions, still,
To give your followers their fill.
3. Yet, many spurn your flesh and blood –
Perhaps they have not understood.
Others choose to hurt, and take,
Look down on strangers, judge, and hate.
4. Lord, you gave your precious life
To set us free from sin and strife:
Call everyone, and make us new,
So we will trust and follow you.
5. Call us, Jesus, great High Priest,
Until we come to join your feast.
Surely, Lord, it’s not too late?
You love us all, and keenly wait
6. To heal, forgiving every sin,
And helping us to change within.
So, Lord, I beg you, plead, entreat
That all will come to you, and eat.
Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh (John 6:51; NLT).
1. As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.” And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many” (Matthew 26:26-8; NLT).
2. Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him …Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” “Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted (John 6:5,8-11-13; NLT).
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day (John 6:54; NIV).
3. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; NIV).
The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on the Lord (Psalm 14:2-4; NIV).
4. The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45; NLT).
I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart (Ezekiel 36:26; NLT).
Trust in God and trust also in me (John 14:1; NLT).
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said (Matthew 4:19; NIV).
5. “As surely as I live,” says the Lord, “every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God” (Romans 14:11; NLT).
People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God (Luke 13:29; NIV).
He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).
The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).
Perhaps even yet they will turn from their evil ways and ask the Lord’s forgiveness before it is too late (Jeremiah 36:7; NLT).
6. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me (Revelation 3:20; NIV).