Sunday, October 02, 2005

bread for the journey

326197_1771.jpg Here’s a liturgy, titled “bread for the journey” I wrote for communion today, reflecting on bread in light of a variety of scriptures …


Jesus spoke: People do not live
on bread alone, but on every word
that comes from the mouth of God
Matthew 4:4

ALL: You are the bread of life
Christ, our Centre
Our Word of eternal life
Bread for our journey.

Give us today our daily bread.
Matthew 6:11

ALL: You are the bread of life
Fresh to us each day
Sustainer and satisfier
Bread for our journey.

Update: added this verse after this reflection.
Give us today our daily bread.
Matthew 6:11

ALL: You are the bread of life
Yet in a world where many lack daily bread
Help us eat justly, consume wisely for our world
Bread for all our journey.

Which of you,
if his son asks for bread,
will give him a stone?
Matthew 7:9

ALL: You are the bread of life
The giver of gifts
In grace and with plenty
Bread for our journey.

We have here only five loaves
of bread and two fish.
Matthew 14:17

ALL: You are the bread of life
Embracing our lives and talents
our passions and possessions
Bread for our journey.

While they were eating,
Jesus took bread, gave thanks
and broke it, and gave it, saying,
“Take and eat; this is my body,
given for you.”
Luke 22:18

ALL: You are the bread of life
We do this in memory of you
Bread for our journey.

In the same way, after the supper
he took the cup, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant
in my blood, which is poured out
for you.”
Luke 22:19

ALL: You are the cup
of the new covenant
We do this in memory of you.

Posted by steve at 03:41 PM

9 Comments

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    Comment by steve — October 4, 2005 @ 10:17 am

  2. I love this, thank you so much. Just lately I have been developing a’rosary’ style prayer aid based on the Lord’s prayer where the ‘dailybread’ sections use similar passages. I wonder if you’d mind if I notonly linked but quoted this liturgy on the site?( it’s at http://abbeynous.schtuff.com/prayerbeads ). The whole thingdeveloped from my book ‘Praying the pattern’ where the stuff on dailybread actually seems to be singing from the same hymn sheet as what is expressed in this liturgy.

    Comment by andi bowsher — October 4, 2005 @ 10:24 am

  3. great stuff

    Comment by jonny — October 4, 2005 @ 9:13 pm

  4. I was caught up in the can’t-post-comments problem, but came back to say thank you for the way in which you give away your resources. Like the small boy’s bread and fish, I believe Jesus takes them and multiplies them out for the feeding of (who knows how many?) others…like yeast being kneeded through dough, this is kingdom-subversive…thanks again!

    Comment by Andrew Dowsett — October 5, 2005 @ 6:31 pm

  5. Yeah another great one here Steve-will definitely link to it once blogger is working again!

    Comment by Digger — October 6, 2005 @ 1:54 pm

  6. thanks andrew. the ideal of course is that somehow those who “take” from kingdom resource can in turn “nourish” my kingdom resource so that it keeps bubbling along in me. I have not yet worked out how that could happen practically through a blog. I guess it starts with the practical feedback from people like yourself. Much appreciated.

    Comment by Steve — October 6, 2005 @ 4:37 pm

  7. I’d have thought that a lot of what gets posted on the sites linked from your blog under the heading “Conversations that enhance me” would be part of it, too…
    (such as Jonny’s Worship Tricks)

    Comment by Andrew Dowsett — October 7, 2005 @ 2:20 am

  8. Thanks for this Steve, just the thing that I was looking for to use at Tangent tonight…

    Comment by dan — October 18, 2005 @ 6:20 pm

  9. no worries, glad to see you’re so prepared :)

    Comment by steve — October 19, 2005 @ 9:08 am

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