On Sunday 27th January, we had a bakery in church. On tables set up at the front, folks divided dough and fashioned it into bread rolls, which were then baked during the hymn singing and prayers. We had a great conversation about making bread, sharing food, and even wondered if somewhere in the world people might share Communion using a coconut! We learned that God takes the ordinary and sets it apart to do extraordinary things, like blessing someone.
Why would we do this? Over the past three months, we have been exploring the Holy Habit of Breaking Bread. We have been exploring how the sharing of food is an important part of our being followers of Jesus. The time we spend together as we share food, but also just the act of sharing food and trusting in God’s abundance, can be contrary to the culture around us. The culture around us says, “Stockpile tins for Brexit ” or “You are far too busy to sit down together and have a meal”, while the culture of God’s Kingdom says, “Don’t send everyone away to fend for themselves. Instead, sit everyone down together in groups. Take the 5 loaves and 2 fish and share them. See what God can do.”
At the end of the service, we were “sent out” with a bread roll to take and share with someone. As I write this, already there have been stories of how people have been touched by this simple yet profound act of sharing bread.
So – who are you going to break bread (or a coconut) with today?
For more information about Breaking Bread, see the film The Holy Habit of Breaking Bread at https://youtu.be/QuNiRyrCGG8
For more information on Holy Habits, see http://www.holyhabits.co.uk