I once heard a preacher say in his sermon that Acts 2:42 was his favorite verse of scripture. Acts 2:42 (NIV) says: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” I had never heard anyone name that verse as a favorite, so I was puzzled, even more so when he said the part of the verse that made it his favorite was “the breaking of bread.”
He said the early practice of breaking bread may have included what is often called the Lord’s Supper or Communion but that it’s primary meaning was having a meal together. After the Day of Pentecost, we are told in Acts 2:44: “All the believers were together and had everything in common.” It would appear, therefore, that “the breaking of bread” occurred every day.
I grew up in a rural community where church and food went together. We had two revivals a year, sometimes lasting two weeks at a time, sometimes having morning and evening services. Yikes! The visiting preacher was regularly fed in the home of a church member on some kind of rotating basis. After an evening service, there was often a gathering at someone’s home, with plenty of food for all who attended. Vacation bible school included snacks.
My favorite food/church memory, however, is “dinner on the ground.” Lunch was called dinner at that time and place, so we had dinner in an area beside or near the church after a special morning worship service. What seemed to be enough food to feed the 5,000 (Mark 6:30-44) was on picnic tables. We placed food on paper plates and sat on the ground to eat it. Seconds, thirds, and much fun and fellowship.
This memory and the preacher’s sermon got me to thinking and reading scripture. More tomorrow.