For the past few years, I have been making the Communion bread for our church. Some weeks the bread is better than others, but it has always been a joy for me to make.
Recently our priest asked me to let him know how much it costs, since “you shouldn’t be bearing that burden solo.”
The recipe is simple: yeast, water, honey. Flour, salt and oil. I feel like the widow at Zarephath trying to measure and calculate what portion of the bag of whole wheat flour I use for the recipe. 2 2/3 cups of flour is 14.7 oz. A double recipe takes 28.15 oz of flour, or 36 % of a 5-lb bag of flour. A double recipe makes 16 loaves, or 4 weeks of bread. 3 tbsp of honey is…
The bread I make comes out of the supplies I always keep in our kitchen. The same ingredients I use to make all our meals. The bread I bring to share for Communion is part of the very fabric of our days. To separate out what I bring to the Lord’s table is somehow wrong– though I understand our priest’s intent– because it suggests that any offering I bring to the church can be separated from the rest of my life.
How I wish that all areas of my life were as integrated as my kitchen.