2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33
David commands his military leaders to ensure that his son Absalom is not harmed, but they fail, and Absalom is killed in battle. When David hears the news, he grieves, wishing that he had died instead of his son.
Psalm 130: A Psalm of faith and trust in God who forgives sins and whose promises bring hope and redemption to God’s people.
Ephesians 4:25-5:2 The apostle instructs the Ephesians believers on how to live as true followers of Christ. He encourages them to be honest with one another, to speak to one another in edifying ways, and to avoid anger, shouting and slander, choosing instead the way of forgiveness and compassion.
John 6:35,41-51 Jesus proclaims himself as the bread of life, and responds to his critics by comparing the life that he gives to the manna that their ancestors ate in the wilderness – which could not keep them from death. Rather, Jesus, says, he gives life that does not end, and he reveals God to those who are drawn to him.
(Summaries of readings by John van de Laar, Sacredise)
Components of worship (links to resources on this website)
Bread of Life Confession
Bread of Life
We are your communion
Broken, but shared for others
Forgive us for when we are dry and stale
When the love that we offer is hard to swallow
When our grace has dried up making it unpalatable
Forgive us when we are mouldy
When the witness and teaching is way past its use by date
and noone in their right mind would want to bite into it
Forgive us when we sandwich other extra stuff between the basics
So much so that only a few choose to buy it
Forgive us for the price that we charge
Making it beyond the means of many who need it.
Make us anew
Draw together the ingredients
Those basic elements
Such as love and grace
With the yeast of the Spirit
Combined and mixed into community
Kneaded in your way
Shaped as you would have us
And baked in your will and purpose
That we might be made into sustenance for the needs of the world.
This we offer in prayer, Amen.
(Source: Jon Humphries, posted on Jon’s Facebook page)
Bread of life – art work by Rev Mark Hewitt
Bread of Life by Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Why nibble on the Bread of Life
when you can chow down?
Why only smell it, faintly,
when you can feast upon it,
every moment, every breath?
The Baker of the Universe
has made for you a special batch
of your favorite —
and it’s him!
All of his teaching, his healing, his love;
his passionate arms around you;
his insistent draw into the deep,
to the other side, into this crazy
trust and delight and brokenheartedness,
his terrifying stagger toward the cross,
his complete collapse into resurrection—
this is no time for moderation,
for politely picking at the crust.
Take the whole thing. Both hands.
Here, eat it slowly.
Close your eyes.
Let it fill you.
What use are right beliefs
This is the work of God,
that you savor the Bread
God has given you.
Words of Assurance
Readings (see above)
Lord’s Prayer (various options)