When I caught a wonderful, freshly-baked-from-the-oven whiff of this awesome thing happening here in my home state of Tasmania, I just had to share.
This Easter, churches have the opportunity to receive (the initiative is entirely free for all churches) their communion bread through the statewide Breaking Bread initiative.
What’s that mean? It means that a team of people have pulled together to make it possible for churches throughout the state to receive their communion loaves from one common batch of dough. All denominations, joined in the beautiful act of tearing open a loaf of bread, allowing the yeasty aroma to waft as we remember the body of Jesus broken for us on the cross.
The bread, I should point out, is far from common; Launceston business Manu Bread has gone over and above in their assistance of this, meaning their wonderful sourdough loaves will be a part of the church community this year.
How does it work?
- Churches register their interest.
- The loaves of bread are baked by Manu Bread from the one batch of dough (160 loaves for 106 churches so far).
- The loaves are delivered throughout the state by volunteers on Thursday, April 13 (pizza-delivery style!).
- Each church participates by sharing communion in their usual way with the bread provided at one point across the Easter weekend.
- Churches make mention of the unity of the church through the powerful symbol of breaking bread from the same batch.
It’s all very low key, under the radar, because the organisers want the focus to remain on the main thing: uniting the churches of Tasmania.
I love this.
I spoke with the chief bread-breaker, the conductor of this extraordinary exercise, and his words were:
“This is Christ’s initiative and a valuable opportunity for us to lift our hearts in worship of our Lord Jesus Christ and celebrate the salvation that he has purchased for all of us.
“We are all about creating ways for churches to celebrate one another’s uniqueness as we partner together.”
The idea had its infancy last February when 10 churches broke bread from the same batch, then in June, 26 churches joined. This Easter, it’s 106 churches, and counting.
“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.’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.”
– Luke 22:19-20
Find out more at www.citynetworks.org.au