Break Breaking Prayer Service
Reflection: Reenie Daugherty, SCN
The little, tiny mustard seed becomes a mighty bush-but not until it falls upon the ground and dies. We believe that.
The bread maker stirs yeast (plus something liquid and something oily) into three measures of flour. The yeast is the power of the resurrected Christ.
The great heap of flour, which becomes the bread dough, is two things. It’s the People of God: that’s everybody. It is also God’s People’s grasp of God’s revelation: their grasp is expanding, uneven and unfinished.
Christ’s yeast leavens, expands, develops the bread dough. We believe that. Nevertheless, even this far along in Salvation History, there seem still to be pockets of the dough, in ourselves, in our fragile, suffering world and in our Church that Christ’s yeast hasn’t quite got to yet.
One of our own such pockets may be trust. The passage Jeanine read from our Constitutions baldly states that “We greatly rejoice in and freely share both our gifts and our limitations.” Well-l-ll, maybe not quite. Not just yet. We are a believing community, though, and we believe that the yeast of Christ can leaven in each of us the trust needed to really “greatly rejoice in and freely share both our gifts and our limitations.”
You probably noticed that we had three readings and didn’t have a psalm. We meant to. We meant to have a bicentennial psalm from the psalter of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Years ago, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band had a big reunion and wrote a song about it. The refrain – or psalm response, if you will – was simply this: “It’s great to be part of something so good that’s lasted so long.”