L: In this season of baptismal rejoicing, let us call to mind the prophet's vision:If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
C: You shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. [Isaiah 58:10a,11b]
L: Let us pray. God of our salvation, through the waters of the sea you rescued your people from slavery and through the baptism of death Christ freed us from death's hold. Let us who have passed through baptismal waters know ourselves to be blessed with power and grace;
C: That all might share at the feast of the Lamb!
L: Risen Lord, victorious over death: in compassion for your troubled friends you appeared in many places, that they might dare again to trust. In a world of dire hunger and shattered faith, strengthen us, also, with signs of your presence;
L: Lord Jesus, hidden traveler along the road: at your companions' request you stayed for supper, and they recognized you in the breaking of the bread. Open our hearts to the words of those who walk beside us; move us to ask new friends to table,
L: God, whose will is well-being and life: you gave your apostles power to heal and to witness boldly before the rulers of the age. Inspire us also to speak with power for the sake of the hungry and the poor,
L: Gracious God, whose mercy is everlasting: your followers in Jerusalem acted with one heart and soul, owning all things in common and dividing their goods that none might need. As we gather like them for the breaking of the bread, give us freedom toward our belongings and glad and generous hearts,
L: O God, creator of all that lives and grows upon the earth: as springs of water refresh a garden, the waters of baptism have renewed your people, that we might flourish in beauty and give you praise. Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love, that we might pour ourselves out for the hungry, and rich and poor alike may feast in joy. In the name of Jesus we pray,
God, our redeemer: Give us the courage to cast out old leaven, that the hope of the poor be not starved by deceit, but wickedness give way to sincerity and truth; in the name of Christ, our paschal lamb, who lives and reigns with you, both now and forever; Amen.
Lord Jesus, you passed through doors locked by fear and breathed your Spirit upon those gathered, embracing them with the gift of peace and sending them as you had first been sent. As you transformed their fear and sent them onward, so send us to reconcile and bring God's peace; that violence steal your children's bread no longer, but unity might do away with war. In your holy name we pray; Amen.
God, our provider: to the disciples in Galilee you sent a great catch of fish; your risen Son prepared them breakfast by the sea. When we are discouraged by hours of fruitless labor, surprise us with the abundance of your gifts; feed us by your own untiring hand. In Jesus' name we pray; Amen.
Jesus, our brother, first-born of the dead: you ate and drank with your disciples after you rose, sharing with them bits of bread and broiled fish. As you used the simplest things to show forth God's power of resurrection, so use the pieces of ordinary food we share to reveal the miracles you continue to accomplish. Amen.
Risen Christ, ascended beyond the clouds: you bade your disciples go no further until they were clothed with power from on high. Be not far from us in our own times of waiting, when we are left behind to watch and pray. Wrap us in garments of patience and trust until, clothed with power by our Comforter and Advocate, we are made ready to offer comfort to those in sorrow and advocacy for the oppressed. This we ask in the name of that same Spirit, the promise of the Father, with whom you live and reign, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Easter II (A)
O God of our risen Lord, we praise you, we bless you, we worship you for the gifts of life you give us. Always you offer us life, and for this we bless your holy name. And we beg you, give your life also to all who know only hunger and the pangs of death. So may the whole world be raised to life, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Easter IV (A)
O God, our Shepherd, with your own arms you enfold us in safety, and again at this table you have brought us to good pasture. Blessed are you, our Door, our Fold, our Food. Hasten the day, O God, when all the lost ones of the earth find life through your gracious care; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Easter IV (C)
Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen! O mighty God, we live in your presence; you are our light, our food, our spring of fresh water. We beg that you show forth your might, bringing all creation to the land where hunger is no more, where living water instead of tears shines on the faces of all. Amen.
Easter VI (B)
O loving God, every day you love us again. We see your love on this table, and we praise your gifts that we may live. Create us into loving people, and make our love for those in need reflect your love for us, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Source: These litanies and prayers are taken from "Pour Yourself Out for the Hungry: A Resource for Worship," ©1993 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (currently out of print but reproduced here in its entirety).
Table prayers have been selected and reprinted from "Blessing and Beseeching: Prayers on Food and Hunger" (LCA, 1985-1987) by Gail Ramshaw.