Some Christian traditions hold that when preparing to receive Holy Communion in the morning, you should ensure if possible that you don’t eat anything else beforehand; that your first meal of the day should be feeding on Christ, a recognition of your dependence on Him. All well and good, but I have to say that usually, a received tiny bit of bread and sip of grape juice doesn’t do much for me in putting off the pangs of hunger the night has brought. However, last Sunday, as we continued our series looking at the “I am” sayings of Jesus as presented in John’s gospel, and focussing on Jesus as the “bread of life”, for once my hunger was satisfied. Celebrating the varieties of bread around the world (and also admirably completing an A - Z list – Injera who knew!), we were encouraged after communion to help ourselves to a large chunk of pide (Turkish bread) and reflecting on the promise of Jesus that whoever feeds on him will never be hungry. I have to say, it was an experience unlike one I have ever had before; my physical hunger being satiated whilst prayerfully consuming the food. It’s another example of how our different God given senses can aid us when praying and seeking to make Jesus our focus.
Of course our All Together Special services have over the years been occasions where through different prayer stations, we have been enabled to draw close to God, discovering new ways to address and appreciate Him. As such, as we look to study our final “I am" this coming Sunday as we reconvene after the summer, can I invite you to join us for our forthcoming ATS service? We have an exciting September to look forward to, and I trust that both the service and the bring and share afterwards will nourish us both in body and spirit.