In our context, how is community liturgically formed and ritually nurtured
How do we best express the dynamic energy of the peace in the offertory
How is our offering to be emphasized over mere collection, in a worship space in which processions make little sense
How do we best use body, voice and movement to express and respond to the spirit's invitation to community and communion
The answers for us did not emerge immediately nor is the process complete. But for now, the offertory begins with the beating of the drum. The voice of the cantor rises, singing a timeless 'grace-ful' invitation:
Jesus invites us to feast at the table,
Grateful for his gifts we offer our own.
Together the community repeatedly sings the invitation for all to gather in the circle for the feast of God's reign.
In gathering offerings are made not collected: each and all move to the table and place their offering.
Bread and wine are offered in abundance: for we are called to hunger and thirst for righteousness' sake in a world and neighbourhood where many are hungry and thirsty;
Money is placed by all on the table: for generosity is our ministry in a culture of assumed scarcity;
We come, offering the 'dark vibrancy' of our humanity: for our hopes and dreams, our fears and failures are the ground of compassion both divine and communal.
In Jesus, God is found at table, where all are welcome. Come round the table!