Summary: Part III of a Sermon Series on the Lord’s Prayer.
Give us this day our daily bread
Why ask God for food?
* We can buy anything we want
* Why say grace? - We paid for it, we prepared it
* Because ultimately anything we do was created by God in the first place
* Our creator sustains us
What is our daily bread?
* The bread for today or tomorrow
* Tell Exodus story
* Not once and for all, but day by day
* Because it is best if consumed today
Why our bread?
* Why our Father?
* Right now, it’s obvious: We are gathered to be one
* To be one, like a loaf of bread
* Made from many grains
* blended, united
* one loaf of bread, one body of Christ
* in communion with one another
All the individual grains
* Let’s celebrate their uniqueness:
* the oldest and the youngest
* the tallest and the smallest
* Born in Utah and elsewhere
* brought up UCC or from a different religious background
* infinite diversity, yet one loaf of bread
* Give us this day our diversity in unity and unity in diversity
Bread is not just a great symbol for us who are gathering but for the power we need as well
* What do I need to make this a great day for myself and others?
* Put down answers on a paper
* Share the answers
* When we’re asking for our daily bread, we mean all the things it takes to make this day great
* We have reason to be grateful that God sustains our lives, forms our communion and blesses each and everyone of us each and every day anew
* And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Amen.