A sermon preached at Kowloon
Union Church on Sunday 12 August 2018, by the Rev. Phyllis Wong. The scripture
readings that day were Psalm 130; Ephesians
4:25–5:2; John 6:35, 41–51.
Your Word is a lamp, a light on my path (Chanting)
Last week I joined the Pilgrimage of Trust and Reconciliation
in Hong Kong. This was an international meeting organized by Taizé Hong Kong. More than 1,500 participants,
mainly young people from all over the world, joined this pilgrimage to seek
God’s love, hope and unity. It was a wonderful and amazing experience. Today I
am glad a number of pilgrims are with us this morning, and I would like to
welcome them on behalf of the church.
Just now I chanted a Taizé song—Your
Word Is a Lamp, a Light on My Path—in Chinese at the beginning. You can tell my body and
spirit are still very much in a mood and mode of chanting and contemplating.
Today I would
like to adopt a different approach in delivering my sermon. I will try an
experiential approach that requires your active participation and attention.
declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes
to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be
thirsty’ ” (v. 35).
“I am the
living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will
live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the
world” (v. 51).
Jesus is the One that
God sent from heaven to give life. Jesus is the Word made flesh. Jesus has
given his flesh to each one of us and to the world.
The message I
would like to share about The God Within is not going to be the spoken words
from my mouth. Rather, I wish you to experience through the breaking of bread.
Justine and myself will start by giving out the bread.
When the loaf of
bread reaches you, take a small piece from the loaf and pass the loaf to the person
next to you. When you give the small piece of bread to your neighbour, please
say these words: This is the bread of life.
After you receive
the piece of bread, please hold it in your hand. During this time, focus your
heart, mind and soul on the bread. You may touch the bread, smell it, look at
it attentively and feel it prayerfully. Meditate also on what is your
relationship with Jesus, the incarnated God who is fully present in this very
moment. I will instruct you to eat after everyone has received a piece of bread.
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.”
Let us together
share this bread, the bread of life in the broken body of Christ.
breaking of bread, chant “Eat this bread.”
Jesus Christ, Bread of Life, those who come to You
will not hunger.
Jesus Christ, Risen Lord, those who trust in You will
has received the piece of bread, I will then say,
let us eat the bread. You may close your eyes.
Chew the bread
slowly; let the bread go down slowly from your mouth to your esophagus and then to
As we eat the
bread, Jesus, the Bread of Life, is living within our body. In this way, the God
of eternity is living in us.
The God Within is
a truth we need to know and remember.
In a moment of silence,
let us experience The God Within—fully present in us in the here and now.
brothers, I invite you to listen and meditate on these words:
The truth of The
God Within helps us to transform and transcend our life.
The God Within
leads us to accept our true self and love ourselves as God’s beloved children
created in God’s holy image. (Silence)
The God Within strengthens
us to embrace our personal brokenness and the brokenness of the world.
In the breaking
of bread, our brokenness is healed, and we become whole in Christ. (Silence)
The God Within
empowers us to face death without fear. The bread of life that we have taken
will sustain our life and hope forever and ever. (Silence)
The God Within
calls us to live a life like Christ, to love and to serve the world by offering
and sacrifice to God. (Silence—bell)
Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life, the God who lives within us and
the world, thank you; we praise you forever and ever! Amen.