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The Body of Christ, the Bread of Heaven

DSCF1513The Body of Christ, the Bread of Heaven. Each week when we approach the altar to take communion, we hear these words. We are welcomed to the Lord’s Table to receive His gifts and it is an important part of who we are as Christians. We are blessed with God’s gifts, and we are blessed with our community at St. Dunstan’s.

Our youth at St. Dunstan’s are an important part of our community, and at last Sunday evening’s Youth Group meeting, they created a special gift for all of us. They made communion bread for our services at church. They measured flour, salt, oil, and yeast, and they did all of this with love for their church. They took turns stirring the ingredients in a large bowl, and when the bread was thoroughly mixed, they kneaded it, each youth taking a turn at pushing down, folding over, and eventually turning the ingredients into four loaves of bread. Each loaf was marked with a cross, and then covered and put aside so that it could rise.

I am continually amazed by our young people at church. Whether they are making communion bread, helping prepare meals for Tent City 3, collecting books for Children’s Hospital, clearing hiking trails, taking care of our beautiful campus, working with the homeless teens on Whidbey Island, or doing any number of other things, they are children of God, and they are doing the work that God is calling them to do. In the future they will be working with others in our community, taking part in our community dinners, working on Project Linus, helping with St. Agnes Guild’s Canterbury Faire, and continuing their relationships with other youth. Together, these young people are making a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others.

Making communion bread was a wonderful opportunity for our youth to create something for each one of us. They created that bread with their own loving hands, and they had a wonderful time doing it. They also had fun creating individual pizzas. Take a look at the bulletin board in the parish hall, and you can enjoy some pictures of the evening. Our young people are the leaders of the Episcopal Church of tomorrow, and I can assure you, it is in good hands. God bless each and every one of them.

Mary E. Pacher

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