Bread, in one form or another, has been one of mankind’s principal forms of food since the earliest times. The trade of the baker is one of the oldest crafts in the world. Loaves and rolls have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs. Before that, people made solid cakes from stone-crushed barley and wheat. A millstone used for grinding corn has been found that is thought to be 7,500 years old. The ability to sow and reap cereals may be one of the chief causes that led mankind to dwell in communities, rather than to live a wandering life hunting wildlife and herding cattle.
The varieties and shapes of bread reflect the diversity of world culture: Jewish challah, Russian rye, German pumpernickel, French baguettes, Italian focaccia, Irish soda, Arabian pita, Indian chapati, Mexican tortilla, American Wonder. The point? EVERYONE eats BREAD!!! Each American consumes, on average, 53 pounds of bread per year!
So, what did Jesus mean when he said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”? (John 6:35) On Sunday we explore this amazing saying and Jesus’ reaction to people who just wanted their bellies filled… again! As we have studied how Jesus loves people we see He doesn’t always give people what they WANT, but He offers them exactly what they NEED.
This Sunday is also our annual meeting and Vision Huddle. I hope you’ll join us as we have a light lunch, celebrate what God has done in 2017, and look forward to what He WILL do in 2018. We’ll break up into smaller groups with pastors and elders for a time of questions, answers, and prayer. See you Sunday!