through your goodness we have this bread to set before you,
which earth has given and human hands have made
It will become for us the bread of life.
And it did.
On Sunday afternoon at St A’s we had a ‘home made communion’ service which included everyone. It’s not often that I think we get all age worship right! We started by making bread together, something that our hands made. While it was cooking we prepared some thanksgiving prayers and the kids laid the table for our special meal together.
The prayers were a corporate act. We wrote them like you would play the game consequences. We sat in a circle and each person wrote at the top of a piece of paper a way to address God, for example, Holy God, Creator God or Loving Father. They fold down the top of the sheet and passed it to another person who then wrote something that we wanted to do eg, we will bless your holy name, or we will sing of your worth. The next person wrote because you ….. and the next and you…. We finished with so we will……… We then put the result (about ten separate prayers) to one side to use later. The children then taught the adults the actions to the Lord’s prayer that they had been learning in assembly over the previous weeks. By which time a lovely smell of baking bread wafted through from the kitchen and the children were able to bring some to the table.
We then read the prayers as part of the thanksgiving, blessed and broke the bread remembering what Jesus had done for us. With this bread that we had made with our hands we will remember Jesus and it did become for us the bread of life.
The glorious holy moment? Watching God touching the life of a six year old as he reverently passed the cup to his Mum. We handle holy things and holy lives.
I love this job.