Today’s Bible Reading & Verse
Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Job 13:15a
We want to avoid suffering, death, sin, ashes. But we live in a world crushed and broken and torn, a world God Himself visited to redeem. We receive his poured-out life, and being allowed the high privilege of suffering with Him, may then pour ourselves out for others. – Elisabeth Elliot
Today’s Song Story
Break Thou the Bread of Life
The hymn, "Break Thou the Bread of Life," came out of the Chautauqua Movement of the late 1800s. While the Chautauqua Institution still enrols some 8,000 students a year in various summer courses, most people know little or nothing about it. That was hardly the case in its heyday. Theodore Roosevelt called it "the most American thing in America." During World War I, Woodrow Wilson deemed it an "integral part of the national defense."
The Chautauqua Movement was founded in 1874 on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in New York State by a Methodist layman, Lewis Miller, and a Methodist pastor (later bishop), John Vincent. Known originally as the Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly, it was intended to be a summer training program for Sunday school teachers, but quickly expanded to include a wide variety of classes and entertainments — even Broadway plays, operas, and (gasp!) movies.
Mary Lathbury, a commercial artist, enjoyed visiting Chautauqua during the summer. John Vincent asked her to write a hymn to be sung at Chautauqua Bible studies. While "Break Thou the Bread of Life" is often used as a communion hymn today, Mary wrote it originally to honour Jesus as the "bread of life" and the "living Word" of God (verse 1). It is a fitting accompaniment to Bible studies, because it prays that we will be able to move "beyond the sacred page" — meaning the Bible — to the "living Word" — Christ himself. It prays for Christ’s blessing (verse 2) so that we might be freed from everything that would bind us so that we might find peace. Even though this hymn was written more than a century ago, the peace to which it aspired is a peace that we still need today.
- Break Thou the bread of life, dear Lord, to me,
As Thou didst break the loaves beside the sea;
Beyond the sacred page I seek Thee, Lord;
My spirit pants for Thee, O living Word!
- Bless Thou the truth, dear Lord, to me, to me,
As Thou didst bless the bread by Galilee;
Then shall all bondage cease, all fetters fall;
And I shall find my peace, my all in all.
- Thou art the bread of life, O Lord, to me,
Thy holy Word the truth that saveth me;
Give me to eat and live with Thee above;
Teach me to love Thy truth, for Thou art love.
- Oh, send Thy Spirit, Lord, now unto me,
That He may touch my eyes, and make me see:
Show me the truth concealed within Thy Word,
And in Thy Book revealed I see the Lord.
Today’s Worship Songs
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Free – Hillsong
Lord (I Don’t Know) – Newsboys
Creation’s King – Paul Baloche
All Things New – Sidewalk Prophets
Hosanna – Hillsong London
Don’t Let Me Lose My Wonder – Keith & Kristyn Getty
Your Renown – Shaun Groves
The Old Rugged Cross – Steve Green
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