Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Day 5
22nd January 2020
Strength: Breaking bread for the journey
Acts 27:33-36
“Just before daybreak, Paul urged all of them to take some food, saying, ‘Today is the
fourteenth day that you have been in suspense and remaining without food, having eaten
nothing.Therefore I urge you to take some food, for it will help you survive; for none of you
will lose a hair from your heads.’After he had said this, he took bread; and giving thanks to
God in the presence of all, he broke it and began to eat.Then all of them were encouraged
and took food for themselves.”
Psalm 77
Mark 6:30-44
Paul’s invitation to eat is an exhortation to those in the boat to strengthen themselves for what
lies ahead. This taking of bread marks a change of attitude, as those in the boat move from
despair to courage. In a similar way the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper provides us with food for
the journey and re-orientates us to life in God. We are made strong. The breaking of the bread

at the core of Christian community life and worship – builds us up as we commit ourselves to Christian service. We long for the day when all Christians
will be able to share at the same table of the Lord’s Supper and draw strength from one bread and one cup.
Loving God,
your Son Jesus Christ broke bread
and shared the cup with his friends on the eve of his passion.
May we grow together in closer communion.
Following the example of Paul and the early Christians,
give us strength to build bridges of compassion, solidarity and harmony.
In the power of the Holy Spirit,
we ask this in the name of your Son,
who gives his life that we might live. Amen.


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