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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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What’s in the box?

#527 #excitingprop for a #trainingsession I’ve been preparing for…what are your first thoughts when you look at it? What do you think is inside? Would you be tempted to delve further into the box? #temptation #matthew4v1to11 

Tea ceremony 

#526 #machamoment 魔茶 #japaneseteaceremony is a beautiful way to show #hospitality through tradition and ritual. It’s giving the best you have and observing appropriate etiquette on what to say and what not to say. It’s really lovely to prepare as I consider how Jesus contributed to hospitality at the #weddingatcana for my #sundaysermon #john2v1to11 

Follow the star

#509 #followthestar #bethlehem #nativity #watchingandwaiting #advent I love this particular star, especially as it’s older than me! 

#125 #advent is a time for #watchingandwaiting attentively for #jesus in the church calendar. It is a time of great possibility and imminent joy! (at Ripon College Cuddesdon)

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