Poem For World Wide Communion 2015


We will sit down where feet tire from the journey.
We will sit down where grief bends the back.

We will sit down under roofs wrecked by artillery.
We will sit down where cries sound from cracked walls.

We will sit down where heat beats like hammers.
We will sit down where flesh shivers in cold.

We will sit down where bread bakes on thin charcoal.
We will sit down where there is no grain in baked fields.

We will sit down with those who dwell in ashes.
We will sit down in shadow and in light.

We will sit down, making friends out of strangers.
We will sit down, our cup filled with new wine.

We will sit down and let love flow like language.
We will sit down where speech needs no words.

We will sit together at the table with no edges.
We will sit to share one loaf, in Christ’s name, in one world.

© Copyright 2015 by Andrew King

15 thoughts on “Poem For World Wide Communion 2015

  1. Julie Wilson says:

    This is a beautiful poem for World Communion Sunday, may I use it in our church’s weekly newsletter? With proper citation of course.

  2. Denise says:

    May I use this in our worship bulletin for this Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015?

  3. I agree with Julie. This is haunting and inspiring. With attribution could we include it in the bulletin?

  4. Eva Behm says:

    Thank you for such a thoughtful poem.

  5. Emily says:

    Yes thank you for this poem!!

  6. Thank you for sharing your very moving and
    Spirit-filled poem.

  7. Beth D. says:

    Andrew, we too would love to use this poem on Sunday, with your permission. Thank you for sharing it.

  8. Bob Parvin says:

    i just discovered your powerful poem, and with your blessings, I will share it with our congregation tomorrow. Peace to you, and please continue to allow your poetic voice to bring blessings to the church and all of God’s people!

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  10. Diane Battilana says:

    I just found this beautiful poem. Thank You. May I share this with my congregation?

  11. Greg Gardner says:

    Is there a Spanish translation of this poem?

    • Andy King says:

      Alas, I have no ability to translate my work into other languages. If anyone reading this knows of someone who could provide a Spanish translation, please contact me and I would be happy to post it! Thanks, Greg, for asking!

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