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May we receive with gratitude.

Be Present at our table, Lord

Be present at our table, Lord;
Be here and everywhere adored;
From Thine all-bounteous hand our food
May we receive with gratitude. Amen.

From The Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church(1969)

The text was written by John Cennick(1740), to the tune of Wareham by William Knapp.  We sang this at my Moravian church as a table grace, and I loved how the words sounded, and the image of God’s “all-bounteous hand.”  The tune came into my head today, on Thanksgiving.  I searched for a video or recording, but the Moravian version is scarce.  Other versions abound, with a different ending two lines, and here is one of those.


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