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Published by Joseph Winston
Eating freshly baked bread, a common human experience, uses every sense. However, to make homemade bread, you need to follow a recipe. The author of the twenty-third sets before us a scene that appeals to us. The lush imagery found here can be compared to the meal that Jesus sets before us. This comparison can be exteneded to what occurs during the Lord's Supper. We have been given a recipe that tells us what is needed for this meal. As in all meals, the benefits that we receive are hard to quantify but we like what it given to us.
Eating freshly baked bread, a common human experience, uses every sense. However, to make homemade bread, you need to follow a recipe. The author of the twenty-third sets before us a scene that appeals to us. The lush imagery found here can be compared to the meal that Jesus sets before us. This comparison can be exteneded to what occurs during the Lord's Supper. We have been given a recipe that tells us what is needed for this meal. As in all meals, the benefits that we receive are hard to quantify but we like what it given to us.

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Richly Blessed
The Rev. Joseph WinstonJuly 19, 2009
Sermon
Grace and peace are gifts for you from God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Every member of my family enjoys cooking meals from scratch. From theyoungest member to the oldest, we all like preparing food to eat. Each of us has adifferent item that we consider to be our specialty. My wife’s skill is baking anddecorating cakes. My only daughter enjoys cooking Indian food. My oldest sonlikes to set the table with food from the Far East. One son is currently enrolled inthe University of Houston’s School of Restaurant Management. His gift is savorymeats. That is what he makes on the University’s Iron Chef team. The rest of theboys all have items that they love to make. Personally, I enjoy every aspect of bread making.My favorite bread of all time, both to make and to eat, is known as “peasant
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Romans 1:7, 1 Corinthians 1:3, 2 Corinthians 1:2, Galatians 1:3, Ephesians 1:2, Philippians1:2, 2 Thessalonians 1:2, Philemon 1:3.
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bread.” The recipe for this type of bread is very simple but it takes one day tomake. You need about six heaping handfuls of good whole-wheat flour, two orthree pinches of sea-salt, just a tiny bit of yeast, and enough warm water to turnthe dry ingredients into a dough. Proof the yeast in the water with a bit of theflour and then combine with all the remaining ingredients. Knead the dough intoa ball, place the dough in an open container, and leave it alone in a warm moistarea for at least twelve hours. After allowing the dough to rest, briefly knead thedough and then return it back to its open container for another twelve hours. Takethe dough and form one loaf. Bake it in a preheated, hot humid oven until the loaf sounds hollow, which normally is about ninety minutes. Let the bread completelycool before cutting. Serve a hearty slice with fresh dairy butter or a piece of strongcheese.It seems to me that everyone loves this bread’s texture and taste. The humidoven forms a hard crust that cracks when you bite it. The two or three pinches of salt along with the touch of yeast give the bread a substantial consistency. It standsup to everything you throw at it. The daylong rising lends a tangy taste. The wheatprovides strength. The bread goes well with hearty food and drink.Eatingthistypeofbreaduseseverysense.Youfirstseethebread’sappearance.It is strong and dark. You smell the earth’s rich bounty in every slice. You thentouch the bread in your hands. It feels good in your mouth as you chew it. As yourteeth break the crust, you hear it snap. Finally, you taste the bread. Your mouthfills up with the combination of slight acidity along with the wheat and the salt. Inshort, this bread fills each of your sense with something pleasing.2
 
It is very difficult, it not impossible, to understand how the simple ingredientsof flour, water, salt, and yeast form something that is so satisfying. I do not believethat any single individual or even any group of scientists can completely explainwhy the smell of freshly made bread is so pleasing or why fresh home made breadis so good. I only know that when I eat this type of bread, I just enjoy how it feelsand I like what it provides me.It is easy to see why many people would name the twenty-third psalm as theirfavorite psalm of all time. The pastoral scene with its images of green grass andcalm waters invoke in us a sense of calmness. The Shepherd, who only desires forHis flock the best that He can provide, models for us a form of government thatwe can only hope to experience. We all wait for the day where no one has to wantfor anything.The poet directly appeals to every one of our senses. We can almost see theverdant grass before us, the slowly flowing water beside us, our good Shepherdin front of us, and the other sheep that make up His flock all around us. We canpractically smell the rich food He placed on the table. It seems that if we just reachout our hands a little bit, then we would be able to touch all of this. Our mouthscannot wait to taste the rich meal that our Shepherd has prepared for us.The beautiful images found in this well loved psalm have often been comparedto the Meal that we share together. Jesus, our Good Shepherd, brings us to Histable. He has graciously provided us with what we will eat at this Meal: the breadand the wine.Just because we know what goes into the Sacrament of Holy Communion does3

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