Genesis 1:26 (NRSV) 
26 Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth." 

Colossians 1:15 (NRSV) 
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 

John 14:9 (NRSV) 
9 Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?

As we prepare for World Communion this Sunday and also enter into our second Sunday in the Divine Dance series, I recommend the reading of this Eucharistic Hymn as words of preparation:

Give thanks to the Source

Who brings forth earth’s goodness:

The bread on our table,

The fruit of the vine.

Give thanks to the Love

Who welcomes the wand’ring

Invents new beginnings,

And calls us to dine.


Remember the Word,

Incarnate among us,

Whose table is open

To all who draw near.

Recall Jesus Christ

In living and dying,

In rising to new life,

Set free from our fear.


We pray for the gift

Of life-giving Spirit

That we may know Jesus

In sharing this meal.

So may we depart

Refreshed for the journey,

To live by the Gospel,

To love and to heal.

            Ruth C. Duck