Teacher,
we looked for you
and could not find you.
We did not see where you went.
Our faith disappeared
when you disappeared from our sight,
and without the signs we demand to see,
we are unable to see the signs we have not named.
We long to understand
what you have done
and are doing
among us.
We long for a more mature faith
that trusts your nearness
even when you appear to be absent.

Bread of Life,
our hunger for you
and for your grace
is overwhelming.
We long for lasting substance,
for the Bread of Heaven,
for holy communion with you
and with our human siblings
of all races and creeds,
all gender identifications,
all cultures and abilities.


Hold on to us, we pray.
Don’t let us go.
Shape us into sacred community,
so that the life we live collectively identifies us
as children of the Most High God.
Through us, be present with those
who are hurting
and hungry
in every part of the world
by the power of the Holy Spirit,
that all may be fed
according to your will.


Julie Gvillo is Commissioned Pastor (PCUSA) and Founder and Creative Executive Director of A Place of Grace. Julie shares liturgy written on RCL passages each week on her blog, Point of Contact: Where Life and Worship Intersect.


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