Although breaking bread is most delightfully understood as sharing a meal together, let us explore its significance further.
Breaking bread is unifying because in doing so we acknowledge one another's humanity. In this act, we are inviting each other into a moment that highlights our common need for love, respect and fellowship. It is here where differences in appearance, lifestyle, and opinions fade into the background and we enjoy each other through intervals of conversation and gulps.
Breaking bread requires the willingness to set aside comfort, routine, and status. It takes intentionality, and yet comes freely to those willing.
Though most often enjoyed in its literal form, breaking bread can also mean making an effort to get to know another fellow human being. Christ broke bread, foreshadowing He would fully offer Himself. In the footsteps of Christ, invite someone into your world and leave your world to experience a different one. This can take many forms: conversing with a stranger, worshiping in a different style, or volunteering to help (& eat) at a pancake feed outside of your congregation.
There will never be enough time, or the right moment to step outside of routine- we have to create those opportunities. No one says it like Dorthy Day:
“We cannot love God unless we love each other, and to love we must know each other. We know Him in the breaking of bread, and we know each other in the breaking of bread, and we are not alone anymore. Heaven is a banquet and life is a banquet, too, even with a crust, where there is companionship.”
Here are some upcoming events. Mark your calendars folks, it's time to break bread.
First Baptist: 3033 SW MacVicar Ave.
Fellowship Lunch Thursdays at noon
Tecumseh United Methodist: 334 SE Tecumseh Rd.
Community Dinner 1st Wed. of the month (Dec 2nd) at 4:30pm. Free will offering.
Central Congregation: 1248 SW Buchanan
Wednesday Silent Reflection & Fellowship at the Ted Ensley Gardens 7am and 7pm
Pub Theology at Quinton's Pub & Grill every Thursday from 5:30-7pm
El Shaddai Ministries: 920 SE Sherman Ave
Corporate Prayer last Friday of every month 10- 11 pm
Lowman UMC: 4000 SW Drury Ln
Quilt on the 4th Saturday of every month at 12:30 pm
Scrapbook on the 2nd Saturday of every month at 12:30 pm
Trinity Presbyterian: 4746 SW 21st St
Lunch Bunch Wednesday Nov. 11th in the Parlor for a fellowship potluck meal.
Fellowship Friday November 13th, 6pm Movie Night and Chili Cook Off at Trinity
New Mt. Zion MBC
Principle Kafele Saturday Nov. 14th at Ramada Inn Downtown. Pre-order tickets before Nov. 11th at noon. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.