Sunday school for children up through 5th grade during worship
”This communion meal is part of building love into us, around us and through us out to the world. This body is the intersection between the Divine and human life. It is the place where God’s grace is powerfully shared. The bread and cup represent the sovereignty of God, given in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are bound closer together every time we eat this love.
Bread of Heaven, Body of Christ, Life in the World.
One time, John Calvin was asked to explain the Eucharist. Usually never short on intellectual acumen to define his reformation theology, he replied, “I’d rather experience it than try to understand it.” The crowd in John’s telling eat the fish and bread, an echo of the manna and quail barbecue in Exodus. Afterward, they chase Jesus across the sea, hungry for more. They ask the questions we might ask: What must we do to perform the works of God? What sign are you going to give us?
Jesus, in all His peculiarity, answers in an elliptical way: I am the bread you need, I am the life you need, what God wants is for you to believe He sent Me. This is how you “do the work of God’. It doesn’t matter if you comprehend or understand this act of the Almighty. What really matters is this Bread of Heaven is soul-food. This food that never changes even in a changing world.
We are challenged to take Jesus into our very selves, to ingest and digest Him. It’s so odd. Early Christians were accused of being cannibals and you can kinda see why! Yet, there is this continuity of practice, taking an ordinary meal and gracing it with eternity, this is bedrock for Judaism and Christianity. God is in the business of setting the table for the whole world. Why? For God so loves...
Bread of heaven, body of Christ, Life in the world. Amen” Rev. Tiare L. Mathison, Soul-Tender, 08.05.2018