H2odevos eots 113011 Bread + Water
St. Andrew’s Day
In Silver Plume, Colorado there is a wonderful bakery. There are five letters printed above the door, BREAD. It’s clear, concise, simple and quite inviting. You can smell the fresh baked bread before you even enter the building. One of my “favorite things” is when we talk about bread at our church sometimes we get the bread machines going in the narthex. As the sermon unfolds people can smell the bread. As they go up for communion, people can smell the bread. When the benediction is said and the sending hymn is sung, people can smell the bread. And then, it’s time to eat the bread!
Advent is a time to smell the bread and eat the bread. Just imagine if our places of gathering could be as inviting as bakeries. What if people who sensed their hunger knew, really knew and understood that their desires could and would be satisfied by walking through those doors and encountering the Bread of Life?
I was in London during October. I spent a day going to some of my “favorite places” and seeing some of my “favorite things.”
The baptismal font at St. James Piccadilly has a lovely base which is a tree. It’s maybe even two trees together. First of all, there is the tree from the Garden of Eden. This tree is the base for the font, which connects us to another tree the family tree of God. Water is definitely one of my “favorite things.” I am simply amazed that such basic things like bread and water play amazingly key roles in forming faith.
Today, I encourage you to be on the lookout for some of your favorite things that form faith.
Deck the halls,