Life-giving Bread

What a wonderful week at Good Shepherd. We had the opportunity to give thanks to God for the daily bread we receive by sharing life-giving bread with others.

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Breakfast bags for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

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Backpacks for hungry children in PEM.

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Meal packages for Feed My Starving Children go to malnourished children around the world.

These are examples of food and love distributed this week through our congregation. All life and food comes from God. We join in God’s mission of caring for the hungry and vulnerable.

How fitting that our Gospel lesson this week is again from John 6. We hear more about Jesus as the bread of life. Jesus feeds the 5000 with more than physical food. Jesus offers his whole self—body and blood.

Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. John 6:54-56

We may have ample bread, corn on the cob, burgers, and fresh vegetables to eat each day. But Jesus wants to feed our hungry souls with the bread of life from heaven—Jesus himself. God invites us into relationship so deep, close and life-giving that Jesus lives within us.

That is why Holy Communion is such a wonderful gift. Join the rhythm of coming to the Lord’s Table and then moving out into the world to serve, then returning to the table again for life-giving bread. Fed and nourished with Jesus himself we are given strength and energy for the week’s work.

You are invited. Come, the table is ready. Taste and see that the Lord is good.

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