I found this versified ‘Prayer of Humble Access’ on my computer, half finished, with no recollection of having started to write it. Now I’ve finished it, I can’t actually imagine a situation in which it would be preferable to sing this than to say the standard version of the prayer, but there you go.
We come to this, your table, Lord,
Not certain of our rights,
But trusting that your mercy finds
us worthy in your sight.
We would not dare to eat the crumbs
That from your table fall,
But for your invitation which
Extends to one and all.
For you, Lord, are a God of love,
Your mercy never ends.
Your grace has brought us here today,
And now you call us friends.
In bread may we receive Christ’s flesh,
To clean our bodies through,
And in his life-blood wash ourselves
to be remade anew.
Lord, grant us grace to seek your face,
and come and dwell with you,
And dwell in us, that we may find our-
selves more Christ-like too.