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04.02.2021 Pastor's Note | Jesus Took Bread

I received a tradition from the Lord, which I also handed on to you: on the night on which he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread. (1 Corinthians 11:23)

Good Day Family,

Jesus Took Bread

Paul writes this letter to a church in turmoil. They’ve lost their sense of community and even turned against one another, denying one another’s gifts, and jockeying for position. Paul’s letter is full of instruction to help them find their way—The Way. Paul points them back to Jesus, and one of the ways he does this is by recounting the story of the Last Supper. On that night, anticipating the turmoil to come in the passion, Jesus turns to His disciples with a demonstration of what love looks like.

Love looks like the bread on the table, made of simple ingredients when added together with care become something wonderful and transformed. Love looks like the wine on the table, also made with simple ingredients that fermented over time, transforms into something wonderful. Both involve the application of some pressure and an active agent to change.

We grow under pressure and turmoil. We transform from what we were into what we can become. We experience the newness of resurrection life daily…if we have eyes to see and ears to hear. Let us keep our minds and our hearts open to what God is doing to us, among us, and through us under pressure. Let us treasure the gift of communion, whether together in the physical presence of our community or in spirit, which unites us beyond all barriers and boundaries. That, as much as anything, is the work of the cross, which is not an end, but an agent of the greatest change ever manifested.

In Holy Week Anticipation,

Be well,

Pastor Cheryl

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