THURSDAY 4 JUNE 2020
Good morning friends,
Each day when I am off for my walk I see the notice board at the front drive which gives information about Sunday worship. Sunday’s at 3pm and Communion on the last Sunday of each month.
I, like many others are really missing these times together, especially when we gather round the table to break bread and share wine.
Of course it’s not only here at the centre that I share the Sacrament of Holy Communion with people.
And, one of our members whom I would normally visit regularly to share round his table, said the other day when I phoned him, “I am so looking forward to the day when you come into my home with Communion.”
There is something so special isn’t there when we gather to remember the love of Jesus, who gave His life that we might find ours............complete in Him.
In the breaking of bread together we experience the grace and mercy of God, through Jesus in our past, our present and our future. And whether it is in a large gathering, or with one or two others, the Lord is present with us through His Spirit.
In the early days after Pentecost, Acts 2:42 those who heard the gospel message preached by Peter and become followers of Jesus “ devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread............”
They were devoted to the breaking of bread. And, there were those in their midst who could give testimony to how they had met the Risen Lord in fellowship, teaching and breaking bread.
In Luke 24: 13-35, two disciples meet Jesus while they were travelling from Jerusalem to Emmaus.
They initially fellowship with Jesus, sharing their story of Jesus with this stranger and commiserating about his untimely death.
Then Jesus teaches them about the Christ, drawing on the whole of the Scriptures, explaining who the Messiah was prophesied to be and how these prophecies were fulfilled in the Christ. Up ‘till then they did not recognise Jesus.
Finally, they shared a meal with Jesus – they broke bread together. And as Jesus, took, gave thanks, broke and gave the bread to them, their eyes were opened and they finally recognised him.
In these early days of the Spirit filled Church, it was the simple things that were important..........learning about Jesus, fellowshipping together, breaking bread............the gifts of God for the people of God.
We may be separated at the moment, but in our own homes we can break bread each day, and remember who we are and to whom we belong.
God bless you the breaking of bread today.
God bless your day.