Bread for the World picture of a loaf of bread in a basket

Ideas for using this liturgy

Opening Responses
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Reader 1 We break the bread of Africa
A continent rich in resources,
living on a knife edge:
impoverished by tribal strife,
by AIDS,
by drought,
by preventable diseases,
by unfair trading..
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Reader 2 We break the bread of Africa-
People living on the leading edge:
living the prophecy of the Kingdom
in racial co-operation,
in feeding the hungry,
in healing the sick.
A continent graced with prophets in power,
leading Africa to new life.
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Reader 3 We break the bread of South America-
living on the knife-edge of ecological disaster:
acres of virgin forest put to sword and flame;
her children, promise of her future
living on a knife-edge:
on street and rubbish-tip,
considered to be vermin - and disposable.
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Reader 4 We break the bread of South America-
living on the leading edge of peoples living in harmony with the forests;
teaching the future the value of the past.
Communities, small, basic and Christian
offering havens of hope and hospitality
to the cast-offs of society;
prophets of our age living without power
living prophetically the hunger for justice and right.
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Reader 5 We break the bread of India,
living on the knife-edge of poverty and squalor;
living on a knife-edge of political stability
resorting to tactics of oppression and fear;
dictatorship in democracy.
Generations bonded in labour
to masters long-dead;
debts beyond repaying.
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Reader 6 We break the bread of India:
living on the leading edge;
small lights lit in Calcutta, Madras, Bombay,
people living alongside the poor,
living the prophecy of the Kingdom
that the Lord - and those whom the Lord has chosen -
hear the cries of the poor.
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Reader 7 We break the bread of Eastern Europe:
living on the knife edge of recovery from civil war;
where barbarity dressed up in euphemism of ethnic-cleansing;
the achievements  of generations
disintegrating into rubble;
the pride of peoples
dissolving in the tears of refugees,
weeping for the lost ones.
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Reader 8 We break the bread of Eastern Europe:
people living on the leading edge
of rebuilding bridges:
crossing swirling rivers and restoring road-links,
rising over hatred and restoring relationships;
people living the prophecy of the Kingdom:
the making of peace,
the comforting of those who mourn.
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Reader 9 We break the bread of ..........(name of town/city):
our young people living on a knife-edge
of unemployment
and exploitation by drug dealers;
our old folk living in fear
of crime and violence;
Christians afraid of our voices.
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Reader 10 We break the bread of ............:
people living on the leading-edge of the care of the user,
the care of the weak and the frail;
people living the prophecy of the Kingdom
the life of the good neighbour;
people prepared to risk insult and misunderstanding
in following their Lord.
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Reader 11 We break the bread of the world:
for its shames and its sorrows;
for its pains and its injustices;
for a beautiful world living on a knife-edge
broken by brutal hands.
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Reader 12 We break the bread of the world:
with the healing hands of Jesus;
who broke bread that we might live.
We celebrate all who live on the leading-edge,
people who live the Gospel prophecy:
in power and in powerlessness,
believing in the Kingdom
breaking free of familiar boundaries
and building a new world on the foundations of the old:
a world where the healing hands of our Lord
draw broken edges together - and make all things new.
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Scripture Reading - suggestions
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Sung Response - suggestions
   
Symbol/ Ritual - suggestions
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Closing Responses
   
Reader Jesus took bread and broke it -
gave it to his disciples
and said "This is my body
given for you.
ALL JESUS, THE BREAD OF LIFE,
BROKEN FOR THE WORLD.
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Reader Jesus said, "I am the bread come down from heaven"
ALL MAY WE WHO BREAK THIS BREAD AND EAT IT
SHARE ITS LIFE WITH THE WORLD.
   
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Reader Jesus said, "I commission you to be my disciples -
to go and bear fruit,
fruit that will endure."
ALL MAY WE BE BREAD BROKEN FOR THE WORLD -
GIVING OUR LIVES AS SACRIFICES OF LOVE:
GIVING OF OURSELVES
SO THAT OTHERS MIGHT LIVE.
   
(Reader And may God bless us
ALL THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT
Reader And until we meet again
ALL MAY GOD HOLD US IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND.
  AMEN.
 

2005 Wellspring

 

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