The Bread of Love

Bread and jam or daily bread? 
Bread winner or maker? 
Bread of life or of love? 
Bread with raise or 
that which draws gaze? 
Bread of diversity: 
naan, chapattis, pita, 
flat bread, baguette, 
garlic bread and pizza….
It is kneaded – it grows, 
it feeds, it permeates
The bread of love

The body of Christ
broken for you
to preserve body and soul

Bread draws the world
in a never-ending meal.
Never just for bread, 
but something more real!
People gather near bread,
bread of life, of heaven – 
bread of love!
Manna given by God 
nourishes heart and soul
in the house of God,
not where we gaze at God,
but where God gazes on us!

The body of Christ
broken for you
for everlasting life

Bread because Jesus said
this is my body…
and so the ritual began.
Like the Emmaus journey;
disciples full of lament
met the risen Jesus
in broken bread.
It was the way he did it:
he took it, blessed it, broke it
and gave it to them…
the bread of love revealed!

The body of Christ
broken for you
to eat and remember

“Our hearts burned within!”
This bread of love,
more than bread,
more than being fed.
A nourishment stretching
to all of your being….
Take-bless-break-give
Jesus’ ‘real presence’
God-with-us now
in the gaze of the
self-giving Jesus
in the bread of love.

The body of Christ
broken for you
feed your heart with thanksgiving

It feels like acceptance,
true appreciation
of things said or done –
like a warm glow
but so much more!
Why then keep it,
or build barriers
around God’s table?
Protect the bread of love!
LGBT, disabled, disfigured,
marginalised people –
Step away from the bread!

The body of Christ
broken for you
that you may have faith

No – this banquet is holy,
utter inclusivity a necessity,
Jesus, offered for all!
This bread of love
transforms with a taste;
a meeting of souls.
As Meister Eckhart said,
‘your eyes which see God
are the same eyes through
which God first saw you.’
Great is the bread of love,
the mystery of faith!

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Lift up your hearts

#693 #middayeucharist with #stpaulscathedraldundee was a lovely #oasis in the busyness of the past few weeks #liftupyourhearts 

Eucharist

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#671 After the last college group eucharist  the last sessions at #theologicalcollege was about presiding at the eucharist – how does this help to #drawclosertogod or #encountergod? #divinemeal #tasteofheaven

Sacraments

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#575 I’m writing about the #eucharist as a #sacrament at the moment and have been struck by how far away from #Jewishfellowshipmeals this has come. What is so special about a eucharist service? What do we do in them that is about us rather than God? Is every eucharist a #divineencounter? We had an #americana themed eucharist this week, which completely transformed the shape of the service, and went some way to finding the balance between the formal and the informal, the sacred and the secular, God and humanity. #trulyspecial

All Souls

#463 #allsouls #requiemeucharist #commemorationofthefaithfuldeparted May they rest in peace and rise in glory. Amen. 

Home communion


#387 #day5 of #placement involved a #homecommunion visit – it was such a privilege to take communion to a parishioner who had not been able to receive for months and share in that with them. #ministryoflove #ministryofservice 

Tradition or accessibility?


#377 Life this week seems quite fixed around #cranmer and his #sacramentaltheology. Whilst slightly hard-going literature, reading specifically around Cranmer’s theology of the #eucharist and how that informed the #liturgy he wrote has got me thinking. How often do our #beliefs and #actions match? Do we say one thing and do another, or do we not question why we do what we do? For me liturgy is beautiful and often poetic, but I’ve been considering how inaccessible it can be for those who aren’t regular church attenders. The essence behind Cranmer’s liturgy seemed to be about simple language that all could understand. He also lived within a time where stories were told through images and symbolism – the liturgy itself was rich with symbolism, telling the story of Jesus from incarnation to ascension every service. Has the #church lost something of that essence of accessibility through #preservationoftradition?

Leavers Eucharist


#311 #leaversday at #riponcollegecuddesdon today with a #eucharist and a #blessing of ordination stoles. It was very emotional and yet fitting that these Godly people move on to flourish in #ordainedministry – go with our love and prayers!

Sacristan duty

#296 As sacristan duty comes to an end, this is the last time I will prepare for the morning #Eucharist. It is a real #privilege to work behind the scenes, and to quietly #serve – I’ve enjoyed it immensely!