Cooking From Memory ~ A Recipe Journal

Prayers at the Table


God our Creator, out of the seed you grow a tree: out of nothing you bring this meal.  We honor your power, we praise your might.  Create in us a new spirit, that we may bear fruit for others and so share our life with the world.  Through Jesus Christ, Amen.


God of all hopefulness, God of all joy, Whose trust, ever childlike, no care could destroy; Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray, Your love in our hearts, God, at the break of the day.   God of all eagerness, God of all faith, Whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe; Be there at our labors, and give us, we pray, Your strength in our hearts, God, at the noon of the day.   God of all kindliness, God of all grace, Your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace; Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray, Your love in our hearts, God, at the eve of the day.

The eyes of all wait upon you, O God. You give us our food in due season. You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.  Amen.

O God, bless this food we are about to receive. Give bread to those who hunger; and give hunger for justice to us who have bread.  Amen.  (Nicaragua)

God, who comes to us in our great joys, in our crushing sorrows, and in our daily lives, be with us now as we share ourselves with one another in this time of fellowship.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.     (Portugal)


Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth. Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace. Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe.  Amen. (Korea)

Dear God, Bless this food which you have given. Cause it to nourish our bodies, That we may be able to serve you and your world.  Amen.


O gracious God, when you open your hand, you satisfy the desires of every living thing. Bless the land and waters; give the world a plentiful harvest; Let your spirit go forth to renew the face of the earth.  As you show your love and kindness in the bounty of the land and sea, save us from selfish use of your gifts, so that women and men everywhere may give you thanks, for Jesus’ sake.  Amen.


Leader: Dear God: We thank you for food,

People: And remember the hungry.

Leader: We thank you for health,

People: And remember the sick.

Leader: We thank you for friends,

People: And remember the friendless.

Leader: We thank you for freedom,

People: And remember the enslaved.

All: May these remembrances bring happiness. We swim in your grace like a whale in the ocean.


This food you have given us is one more proof.  O God, your grace is our happiness.  Hallelujah!  Amen. (Africa)


You give us life abundantly, and quietly listen to prayer. You gather us safely under your wing, to nurture with motherly care. (Tune: Four Mary’s)


Thanks to God, praise and thanks!  God, we gather together. From the earth you have brought bread to break now together. All who have hungered shall bless your name, Bless your name, forever.  Thanks to God, praise and thanks!  God, you bring us together. (Tune:  Edelweiss)


O, Jesus be our Holy Guest, Our morning Joy, our evening Rest. And with this daily bread impart Your love and peace to every heart. (Tune:  Tallis’ Canon)


Morning has broken, like the first morning, Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird. Praise for the singing, praise for the morning, Praise for them springing fresh from the word. (Tune:  Bunessan, Lutheran Book of Worship 409)


O God, providing food for children, By your wise guiding, teach us to share, One with another, so that rejoicing. With us all others, may know your care. (Tune:  Bunessan, Lutheran Book of Worship 409)


The blessing of God rest upon all those who have been kind to us, have served us, and have shared your bread with us at this table. O merciful God, reward all of them in your own way, for yours is the glory and honor forever.  Amen. (St. Cyril, Coptic Orthodox Church)      


Blessed are you, God of all creation, for you feed the whole world with your goodness, with grace, with lovingkindness and tender mercy.  You give food to all creatures, for you lovingkindness endures forever.  Amen.  (India)


God, your creation is so wasteful. Fruits never equal the seedlings’ abundance. Springs scatter the water. The sun gives out enormous light. May your bounty teach us greatness of heart.  Amen. (Dom Helder Camara, Brazil)


Here at the table, God, we bow to receive the food that you bestow, all to your honor, and for our good; now bless in Jesus’ name this food.  Amen.


As we go into a new day, God, we thank you for all your mercies, for the refreshment of sleep and food. And we ask that this day Your strength would direct us, Your power preserve us, Your wisdom instruct us, Your eye watch over us, Your ear hear us, Your hand defend us, and Your way guide us.  Amen. (St. Patrick)

O God, Giver of all Good Gifts, we are grateful as we pause before this meal. May your presence be the “extra” taste to this food which we eat in the name of Jesus the Christ.  Amen.


For health and strength and daily food, we praise your name, O God. (Sung in a round—three times)


As this food is about to serve us as nourishment, may we also serve one another. May the seal of God’s love rest upon this food, and upon this day. May we and our gifts of food be under the tent of God’s peace.  Amen.

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