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Bread from Heaven at Grace-St. Luke’s

The Fourth Wednesday in Lent – March 30, 2022
Bread from Heaven at Grace-St. Luke’s

Life at GSL is plentiful with Bread for hungry pilgrims journeying through life and all that comes with it. On Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., and most second Wednesdays at noon, the people of God are provided with offerings of the Holy Eucharist to feed the soul. More than ever, the Church, the Body of Christ, can benefit from members gathering weekly and more for prayer, music, stillness, fellowship, nourishment from God’s Table, spiritual growth, and strength. It was refreshing, incredible, and inspiring to spend this past Saturday with 11 others during the GSL Lenten Retreat, Being Nourished with the Bread of Life, a morning rich with silence, art, music, meditations, and time to explore our sacred grounds in Midtown Memphis. In observance of this holy Lent, may we meditate on the words of the hymn “O Food to pilgrims given” and assemble at GSL for the Bread from heaven that is ready for our taking.

O Food to pilgrims given
Hymn 309, The Hymnal 1982

O Food to pilgrims given,
O Bread of life from heaven,
O Manna from on high!
We hunger; Lord, supply us,
nor thy delights deny us,
whose hearts to thee draw nigh.

O stream of love past telling,
O purest fountain, welling
from out the Savior’s side!
We faint with thirst; revive us,
of thine abundance give us,
and all we need provide.

O Jesus, by thee bidden,
we here adore thee, hidden
in forms of bread and wine.
Grant when the veil is riven,
we may behold, in heaven,
thy countenance divine.

Words: Latin, 1661; tr. John Athelstan Laurie Riley (1858-1945), alt.
Music: O Welt, ich muss dich lassen, present form of melody att. Heinrich Isaac (1450? – 1517),
alt. harm. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)

Lenten blessings, Ollie+
The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, Rector
901-252-6320 | orencher@gracestlukes.org

Posted by Lucy Anne Owens at 14:48