Prepare for Maundy Thursday… by baking bread.

On Maundy Thursday we remember Jesus’ last meal by sharing Communion as a community. In this season, since we are not able to celebrate with Communion in person, we invite you to do the next best thing: prepare a loaf of bread at home. You are not limited to a specific recipe, the options are endless: Have a sourdough starter? Make sourdough! Missing yeast? Make muffins or scones! Have a sweet tooth? Make cookies! Don’t want to go shopping? Use whatever ingredients you have!

It doesn’t have to be perfect. God will show up anyway.

The point of this exercise is to be in the kitchen, to put your hands to work, and to allow your preparation process to be a prayer. 

So get baking! Join us on Thursday at 7:30p for our Maundy Thursday worship service and make sure to have your baked item(s) and some liquid (water, juice, coffee, etc.) so that we can share in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper together.

BLESSING | A Prayer to Bless the Bread

Before putting your bread or baked good into the oven, say this prayer:

Holy God,
Your last meal was an ordinary meal—
Simple bread and juice, nothing fancy;
And yet, it was holy.
It was holy because all were welcomed at your table—
Even the one who would betray you.

So today we prepare our own bread as a form of prayer.
And in our kneading and mixing,
In our measuring and waiting,
In our recipe-card-reading and taste-testing,
We remember you.

As these ingredients mix,
May our hearts mix with yours.
And as this bread rises,
May our awareness of you rise.
And as this bread is shared,
May your love be shared.

With hope and gratitude we pray, Amen.

TIP FOR FAMILIES: little ones are great at pour ingredients and mixing, find opportunities to involve them in the ‘bread’ making process. If your children are older, perhaps you can all take turns praying lines from the blessing for the bread together.