Saturday, 10 March 2012

Fruit of the vine and work of human hands...

In many Anglican churches the presentation of the bread and wine at the offertory is usually done by members of the congregation. This is not an entirely new practice, however. In the early Church, the faithful would bring gifts to be offered and presented at the Offertory, including bread and wine, food, money and clothing for the poor. We would like to begin this practice of lay involvement at St. Peter's so please contact Rev. Shona if you are interested in this important part of the liturgy.

'Blessed are you, Lord God of all Creation.Through your goodness we have this bread to offer, which earth has given and human hands have made. It will become for us the bread of life. Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands. It will become our spiritual drink.'