I baked some loaves of bread for communion this Sunday at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church.
My friend Molly and I signed up to serve communion together and I to bake bread. For some reason I really enjoy serving communion; I think that part of it has to do with my love for cooking and baking. I feel that I am taking care of people, somehow nourishing their soul.
I baked these fresh this morning and I pulled them out of the oven just past 10 - and you wouldn't believe it but they were still warm at noon when I received communion!
I love that it doesn't really matter what type of bread it is; whether it be leavened or not, white or whole wheat, or even obviously not perfectly shaped - what matters is what the bread represents and what the bread is in the sacrament of communion - the body of Jesus Christ.
John 6:35, 41-51
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to
me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be
If you curious as to what exactly is communion in the Lutheran tradition, it is a meal shared by the entire congregation each Sunday in which we remember the Last Supper and we taste the feast to come.
19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
"The Eucharist or Holy Communion is above all a meal. And it is not mere bread and wine. We actually eat the Lord’s body, and we drink the Lord’s blood. It is an eschatological feast, that is, a foretaste of the heavenly banquet." -ELCA