Friday night was our Thanksgiving on the lawn with 30+ people: American, Canadian, Norwegian, Swedish, Chinese, Norwegian, Finnish, German and at the last minute we were thrilled with the arrival of my Japanese friend Yoko, her son who is a classmate of our son's, and her husband who had just gotten off the plane from a business trip in Germany. Yoko added some incredibly beautiful home-made sushi to the Thanksgiving banquet, providing some Asian flair to our dinner!
|Thanks again Amber Bergeson for this photo. Check out her lively account of making mashed potatoes for 35 at visualpreacher.wordpress.com|
On Saturday, it was my first time ever presiding over Holy Communion in prison, where we remembered that one of the earliest words used for the Lord's Supper is "eucharist" or Thanksgiving. If I understood them correctly, it turns out that most of the prisoners had not had the opportunity to have Communion in many months, maybe even years. I was worried whether the prison authorities were going to allow me to bring in pita bread for communion, since I had been told that they only allow "the official church white bread", which I was afraid might mean only communion wafers. However, I stuck everything into plastic ziplock bags, like you do at the airport, and it made it through all the scanners. The guys (many of whom, oddly enough, are from South America) were totally happy to have something that reminded them of the good tortilla bread from home. In prison, they have a diet of rice, rice, rice. So even though they each only got a tiny bit, I'm so glad they got some "real bread" to go along with the "real presence"!
|No photos allowed at the prison, so here you have the ordinary materials which Christians believe bring new life and utter freedom to those who eat & drink in faith - even those locked behind prison walls.|
In prison we have been studying the Gospel of John and we're now up to the 6th chapter. This is part of this month's study:
"I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever." -- Jesus