Hungry Call to Worship

Let the hungry come to me, let the poor be fed
Let the thirsty come and drink, share my wine and bread
Though thou hast no money, come to me and eat!
Drink the cup I offer, feed on finest wheat!

(from Hymnal: A Worship Book, #464, Text Sr. Delores Dufner

We are hungry, Lord!
We come to church today with different types of hunger for you.
Some of us sit down at the table eagerly, with big appetites. 
Some of us have come because we know we should eat, even though we don`t feel like it.
And some of us have lost our appetite, and we don`t even know why.
And yet you have drawn us to your welcoming table, one and all,
your arms open to embrace us just as we are.
As we settle in this morning, fill us with your presence
so that when we leave today, we can leave saying,
“That is exactly what I needed!”

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About Carol Penner

I am a Mennonite pastor currently teaching theology at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. I’ve served congregations in Ontario and most recently, Alberta.

I love to write and to lead worship! If you are finding my writing helpful, I would love to hear from you! Feel free to use or adapt the material here, it is all written by me. If printing material, please credit “Copyright Carol Penner” (and say whether you modified it). If publishing, please contact me for permission. Contact me at

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