Behold, a Table Is Spread


This song draws its inspiration from John S.B. Monsell’s 1866 hymn “I Hunger and I Thirst.” I added a chorus and rewrote the original text. Drawing from the “I AM” titles for Jesus, the three verses of this uptempo communion hymn focus on bread, blood, and water.

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words and music by Greg Scheer
copyright 2017
CCLI #7185052
OneLicense #208206

1. O Bread of Life, sustain,
with manna each new day;
and ease our hunger pangs
with food along the way.
For hunger hounds us still;
we faint, but you are kind.
Our hearts long to be filled
with you, O Bread of Life.

Behold, a table is spread—
a feast for hungry souls.
Come, eat the Living Bread.
Come, drink the wine that flows.
He who bids us, “Come and dine,”
is feast, and friend, and host.
Come taste and see
the goodness of the Lord.

2. O Spotless Lamb of God,
be yet again our life.
May your redeeming blood
run deep, and rich as wine.
Oh, let this new wine flow,
fruit from the one True Vine.
Let those who drink it know
a joy complete, divine.

3. O Living Water, flow
in never ending streams
revive our withered souls
within the desert’s heat.
For still your people thirst–
parched are the throats that praise.
Let streams of mercy burst;
drench us with floods of grace.