As we enter into Holy Week of 2020, corporate worship in the local church looks different than anything we have ever seen before due to the spread of COVID-19. There are a million questions being asked around the world by both believers and non-believers alike: How do we stop this disease? Do our hospitals have enough resources to help the sick? and perhaps the hardest question to answer of them all: Why is this happening?
While we as Christians know that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord, (Romans 8:28), it can still be easy for us to forget why we worship during this time of crisis. Few things are comfortable or easy right now; but, at the core of everything happening in our world during this Easter season, we are truly reminded why worship matters even while we are physically apart as a Church. We are reminded that it isn’t the lights in our sanctuaries, the fancy stage props, or fun songs that require and perfect worship – it is Jesus Christ and His promise of eternal life.
Because we are in the midst of Holy Week and are quickly approaching Easter Sunday, many churches are offering communions that are virtually facilitated. While we are not gathered as a Body, it is still crucial that we take time to remember why we practice communion in the first place. The attached devotional coincides with a recipe for unleavened bread that you and your family may use to practice communion if you choose to do so. It outlines some characteristics of the Lord and some reasons why we worship Him and celebrate communion! As you read through this recipe and devotional, I encourage you to discuss or meditate on the Scripture given and spend some quality time with the Lord:
First, read Luke 22:1-30, (the story of Jesus sharing the Last Supper with His disciples). The recipe that follows is for a simple, unleavened bread – similar to what the disciples would have eaten with Jesus in the upper room that evening. Discuss with your family or meditate on what that must have been like and how the disciples must have felt hearing Jesus’s words.
Preheat your oven to 425ºF
1. Add a cup of flour to a large mixing bowl
“Jesus replied, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.’”
We worship a God who gave His own life so that those who love Him may live.
2. Add in 1/3 cup of water
“Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’”
We worship a God that offers an everlasting well of living water that will always satisfy His children.
3. Add in 1/8 tsp salt
“’You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.’”
We worship a God that fully equips us to make a difference in this world for His kingdom.
4. Add in 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe.”
We worship a God that brings all of His children together as one body with uniquely gifted parts so that we may work together to share His Good News: that, “… God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
5. Mix together until dough is soft
6. Roll your dough into 6 small balls and place them on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper
7. Press dough gently into disks with your hand
8. Bake dough in oven until bread is cooked (8 to 10 minutes)
Father God, we come before You completely humbled as we are reminded how little control we have over our day-to-day. We surrender our fears to You, Father God, because we know that You will take better care of our futures than we could ourselves. Jesus, we thank you for Your ultimate sacrifice on the cross and for rising again. We worship You and honor You with this sacrament because You alone are worthy of our praise and we commit this all to You. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN.
By: Allison Eding | Director of Music and Worship at Bentheim Reformed Church
Used with permission
Source for recipe: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/241680/unleavened-bread-for-communion/