Lent is a season of reflection and re-turning to God. The Table Acclamation is very simple and spare, so if you’ve been waiting for a chance to try leading the Acclamation, this can be a great season to begin!
1) Gathering Song
A Kyrie Eleison, which means, “Lord, Have Mercy.” This Kyrie is from the Iona Community in Scotland. Introduce the piece by having people repeat the words, then give the translation: “Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy”.
2) Candle Lighting Song
This juicy tune, “Here is Bread for the Hungry Soul,” which reminds us we are forgiven, and also that we’re going to eat soon! The harmonies are recorded for you, but folks will mostly improvise off the melody.
Note: we usually flip the words to, “here is bread for the hungry heart, here is wine for the thirsty soul,” because I think the alliteration sounds better and makes the song easier to remember!
“Here is Bread for the Hungry Soul,” words: Mary Kay Beall; music: John Carter
3) Table Acclamation
We’ll use the very simple Lent Table Acclamation
4) Prayer Song
What We Need Is Here, written by the students of the Episcopal Student Group at MIT. A lovely setting of the first line of the poem by Wendall Berry.
5) Offering Song
Hamba Nathi Mkhululi Wehu (Go with us, God, and set us free) trad. Xhosa
6) Closing Hymn
*Please note, the harmonies on this recording are not the harmonies from our current sheet music.