George Swanson passed away as the Great Pandemic of the 21st Century began to sweep the world. Many were lost. And many grieve. In these times it was next to impossible to celebrate so many who like George died.
George was brilliant, kind, and generous. A theologian, a scientist and a wordsmith. His passion to follow in the steps of the Early Christians knew no bounds. A future-forward thinker he believed his life should be remembered at home as the Early Christians would do. So to honour his good works and ministry we invite you to take this day to remember George and yours.
Feel free to follow this format crafted by George, William, and Helene, celebrated at the Olof’s Brothers LoveFeast many years ago at Dunphy Park, Sausalito, California.
THE BLESSING OF THE MEAL
LEADER: How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for
G-d’s people to live together in harmony!
Welcome to this meal, in the name of Christ. We
come to share in G-d’s love.
PEOPLE: We come to share our food and our
LEADER: We come to break bread together, and
open ourselves to each other.
PEOPLE: We come to express our faith and our
LEADER: May G-d bless this food and this
PEOPLE: As we share our food, we give thanks
for this abundance, and we remember those who
do not have enough.
LEADER: May G-d give food to those who are
PEOPLE: May G-d give us a hunger for justice,
and a determination to serve those who hunger
SETTING THE TABLE
LEADER: On the table in the midst of this
community with whom Christ is present we set
symbols to remind us of his promises to us:
READER 1: A candle, to remind us of the way, “I
am the light of the world; whoever follows me
will not walk in darkness but will have the
light of life”.
READER 2: Bread, symbol to remind us of G_d’s
love, “I am the bread of life. The bread that
I shall give is myself for the life of the
All: G-d, we welcome your presence with us.
May the food and companionship we share
Nourish our bodies, hearts and minds. And may
our spirits be refreshed. As we live in the
light of your presence. With us now, and at
all times and places. Amen.
FOOD IS SERVED. FOLKS SHARE STORIES.
(WHEN THE MEAL IS FINISHED)
LEADER: Behold, the fragments of our feast. Our
meal is ended, but G-d’s banquet continues as
we go from this place.
PEOPLE: Let us take the banquet into the world
and never give up until all people are fed.
LEADER: May the peace of Christ be upon you,
and may you be channels of peace and justice.