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Lenten Devotions: "Break the Bread"

This Lenten season, Bread Blog will be running a series of devotions written by Pastor Ron Glusenkamp, senior pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. The reflections are based, in part, on the music of Peter Mayer, accomplished vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. The theme for this year's series is "Mighty This Love," named for one of Mayer's compositions (Listen to a special welcome message from Mayer).

This post is reprinted, with permission, from Glusenkamp's site, h20 devos. Audio podcast versions of the daily devotionals are also available.

Lent sign 1

March 21, 2014

"Pass it on
Break the bread,
Lift the cup
Pass it on
The broken will be lifted up
Every gift grand and lowly
Every purpose great and small
At this feast they are made holy
By your name you have been called
By your name you have been called."
—Lyrics from "Pass It On," by Peter Mayer and Patricia O'Reilly

I was visiting friends recently, when I noticed the beautiful needlepoint pictured above hanging on one of their walls.

"A crust that's shared is finer food than banquet served in solitude."

I immediately asked if I could take a picture of it because it just seemed to say something so authentic. Of course, it rings true with what we say and feel about the Lord's Supper, Holy Communion, the Sacrament of the Altar, and Eucharist: "Taste and see that the Lord is good" (Psalm 34).

Last Sunday, during our First Communion training experience, I mentioned that I love the idea of inviting people to "taste," which is one sense, in order that they might "see," which is another sense.

Coming together to "break bread" makes a feast of the water, flour, salt, and yeast. Yesterday was baking day at the Glusenkamp house. I baked a recipe I have been tinkering with for more than 30 years. It comes from a Mennonite cookbook, and features four flours: whole wheat, white, rye, and soy (I also threw in some barely flour just for fun).

I'm not sure I totally understand the significance of the following sign, which I saw at Plum Village near Bordeaux, France. But, I am captivated by what it might mean for us if we took it to heart.

Lent sign 2

Blessings to you today as you "break bread."


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