|Reader 1||We break the bread of Africa
A continent rich in resources,
living on a knife edge:
impoverished by tribal strife,
by preventable diseases,
by unfair trading..
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Reader 9||We break the bread of ..........(name of
our young people living on a knife-edge
and exploitation by drug dealers;
our old folk living in fear
of crime and violence;
Christians afraid of our voices.
|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.
|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.
|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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|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.
|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.
|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.|
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