Broken table and wounded eucharistic prayer – worship ideas

Broken table and wounded eucharistic prayer – worship ideas


This is another guest post from Jonny Baker, part of a series he calls “Worship Tricks”. This describes a ritual his community Grace created at new year.

Wounded in all the right places was the theme inspired by a track of that title by 1giantleap.

There were a couple of ideas that worked wonderfully. One was that people were invited to take a piece of broken tile and then bring that to place on a table. this table of broken pieces then became the table on which the bread and wine were placed, christ’s body broken for our broken community. We’ll use this table through the year.

I wrote, together with a friend Dean, a eucharistic prayer on the theme of wounded.

For the prayers we had written out our ethos words in night lights and invited people to light a candle either reflecting on some way their life had been shaped by it or for a hope for the coming year. it was simple but looked stunning. the prayers concluded with this beautiful prayer of commitment from wild goose.

Inspired by juli allen, the service ended with an improvised blessing. Harry said he wanted to try it, taking notes all the way through and delivered a broken blessing

I am so glad I am part of the broken community that is Grace…