Gentlefolk, please charge your glass
with water pure and clear

I do not ask to bow your heads
Nor bend your knees today

I ask that you sit watchful calm
And lift your heart with mine

Ready for what is to come
And we we need to do

Today we eat, and yes we drink
Around a laden table

While others fight with prayers of peace
For water which is life

We steel ourselves with joy today
Against the fear and hurt

As each of us in our own way
Will stand for what is life

Today I pray and ask you join
Your will to be committed

To yet uphold our lives and loves
As each of us are able

And next year may we meet again
Around this holy table