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Grace Lutheran Church
Our mission is to seek
the fullness of life in Christ
for all people.
"Work For The Food That Endures"
The theme of Jesus as the Bread of Life from the sixth chapter of John's Gospel pretty much dominates the Gospel lessons during the month of August. Christians are used to experiencing bread in worship in both the physical and spiritual sense. God brought manna (a crude form of bread) to the people of Israel in the wilderness following the Exodus from Egypt. Jesus referred to this during the Feast of Passover with his disciples, Jesus said: "This is my body …This is my blood … given and shed for you" to show us that forgiveness, life, and salvation are given to us in the sacrament through his words.
Martin Luther, in his explanation of the fourth petition of the Lord's Prayer explains that daily bread is "everything our bodies need such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, fields, livestock, money, workers, upright and faithful rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, decency, honor, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like." That pretty much covers everything, doesn't it?
So, daily bread or Bread of Life, the source is the same - God, the Father, in heaven. We also know that when Jesus gave the bread and wine to his disciples on that Thursday evening in the upper room, he was bequeathing to them his blessing to be bread for the world. That means that we do have a responsibility as disciples of Christ to consciously, and conscientiously, feed and support one another with the supernatural food that is Christ. We do that by taking the gifts God has given to us and freely sharing them as faithful neighbors to all people.
There is also another aspect of this Bread of Life which directly impacts us as a congregational family. In order for Jesus to feed the five thousand, a little boy had to be willing to come forward and share his own meager meal with Jesus and the crowd. The same goes for us as members of the Body of Christ at Grace Lutheran Church. Even in the midst of the dozens of important things that demand our attention each and every day, God asks that we take the time to honor him''through worship, praise and prayer. By worshiping together we acknowledge our total and complete dependence on God to inspire us to live meaningful lives for the sake of God's kingdom; and, by gathering together in Christ's name, we are (as the hymn suggests) one bread, one body in the one Lord. By being in community with one another, we are able to encourage, support, and inspire one another as we seek to do God's work.
Blessings and Peace,
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