Love We Find in Wheat and Vine

23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26, New International Version).

In the United Methodist Tradition, we serve Holy Communion, in most cases once per month. It is part of a tradition from before even the earliest days of the United States.

In our tradition only someone licensed or ordained Elders are allowed to consecrate the elements, the bread and wine, for Holy Communion. The laity can serve Holy Communion, but only after consecration by an Elder.

When the United States were colonies in revolt of the King of England, the Church of England stopped sending Anglican priests to the colonies. John Wesley (considered the founder of Methodism) learned this he took matters in his own hands (quite literally) and laid hands on and ordained preachers he then sent to the colonies.

Methodist pastors were assigned “circuits.” It is a term still used today where a pastor has more than one church. In those days, because the circuits were larger and transportation much slower, horseback, the preacher usually only made it once per month to each church on the circuit. Since the elements had to be consecrated by someone licensed or an ordained elder, communion became a once-per-month event.

Today, in most United Methodist congregation it is served on the first Sunday of the month. There are exceptions but in most cases the tradition of the first Sunday remains strong.

There is a great deal more history than this but I will save it for another time.

Because tomorrow is the first Sunday of the month I decided I wanted to write a song for Holy Communion. All that is here are the lyrics but I do have the music written and will work on playing it over the next few weeks

It’s “Sing Along Saturday.” The song is, “Love We Find in Wheat and Vine.”

I pray you have a great week and Be Blessed.

Just a bit of broken bread
The wine his blood was shed.
He took wrath that should have been mine.
His love we find in wheat and vine.

Many grains of golden wheat,
Make a loaf of bread so sweet.
A broken body, for us His deed
His sacrifice, a gift we need
He was beaten, crushed for us
Friend receive here the Lord Jesus
We are tied as one with grace
In bread, may we see his face.

Just a bit of broken bread
The wine his blood was shed.
He took wrath that should have been mine.
His love we find in wheat and vine.

Life’s roads are dusty and dry
Grapes of yours, let’s not walk by
We walk past grapes ripe with sun
The lone cup shows we are one
From first days we did rebel
Don’t let sin be a death knell
Grapes become juice, juice turns to blood.
Blood shed brought like grace in a flood.

Just a bit of broken bread
The wine his blood was shed.
He took wrath that should have been mine.
His love we find in wheat and vine.

Come join me at the table, here God’s children are one
Come eat bread, and drink wine, forgiven we have become
A little bit of bread and a little bit of wine
Reconciled and forgiven, God calls, child come and dine.

Just a bit of broken bread
The wine his blood was shed.
He took wrath that should have been mine.
His love we find in wheat and vine.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.

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