These suggested resources are to help us explore our Christian understanding of the Eucharist more deeply, and to provide additional insights into the themes of the six sermons. More will be added, so please re-visit this page from time to time.
Mary Oliver ’Logos’
Why worry about the loaves and fishes?
If you say the right words, the wine expands.
If you say them with love
and the felt ferocity of that love
and the felt necessity of that love,
the fish explode into many.
Imagine him, speaking,
and don’t worry about what is reality,
or what is plain, or what is mysterious.
If you were there, it was all those things.
If you can imagine it, it is all those things.
Eat, drink, be happy.
Accept the miracle.
Accept, too, each spoken word
spoken with love.
Ernest Chitty ’Bread and Wine’
I am divine:
As a bottle
Filled with wine.
I am bread:
Just as human,
Just as crumbly,
So he said.
You, like me,
(The words were spoken),
Were born to be broken,
Crumbled and shed,
That Love’s volume
May be read.
Brian Wren ‘Justice and Liberation in the Eucharist’
Brian Wren is a contemporary hymn writer, poet and theologian, the author of such favourite hymns as ‘Lord God, your love has called us here’. In this article he explains how the Eucharist, understood deeply, “includes a sharing community moving toward justice”.
Michael Sadgrove ‘Corpus Christi’
Michael Sadgrove is the former Dean of Durham, now living in retirement. He is a prolific preacher, book author and blogger. In this sermon, preached on the Feast of Corpus Christi (the Body of Christ), he presents an Anglo-Catholic understanding of the Eucharist which complements the approaches of the other writers listed here.
The Sign of Love by Timothy Gorringe
Timothy Gorringe’s excellent book on the Eucharist was one of the inspirations for this sermon series – in fact the book’s six chapters correspond to the six sermons, though in a slightly different order.
The Sign of Love is not currently available as a paperback, but Timothy Gorringe has kindly agreed that we can make it available in digital formats for the use of the All Hallows community – please don’t share it more widely.
Professor Timothy Gorringe is Emeritus Professor of Theological Studies at the University of Exeter and a long-standing friend of All Hallows. He has a “big book on Christian doctrine” in the pipeline; it should be worth waiting for and buying when it’s published.
Downloads of The Sign of Love
- EPUB format download
– read the ebook on any e-reader device that supports EPUB (e.g. Kobo devices), or on any e-reader app for Android, iOS, Mac or PC. On Windows, Calibre is a highly recommended ebook management program which has its own excellent ebook viewer/reader (and it’s free!).
- Kindle format download
– read the ebook on a Kindle device, or on the Kindle app for Android, iOS, Mac or PC. On Windows you can also use Calibre.
You can view or download the chapters of The Sign of Love as PDF documents by clicking on the links below.
- 1 Signs of Hope
- 2 The Open Table
- 3 The Great Economy
- 4 The Peaceable Kingdom
- 5 Fashioning Community
- 6 The Eucharist and the Trinity
Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
Rachel Held Evans’ book Searching for Sunday tells of her spiritual journey from her conservative evangelical background into a deeper and broader Christian faith, by following her theological exploration of the traditional seven sacraments. You can view or download the chapters listed below as PDF documents by clicking on the links. They are from Part 4 of the book, the section on Holy Communion.
You can buy Searching for Sunday as a paperback or ebook from Amazon UK, Kobo and other booksellers – search for the ISBN: 978-0718022129.
Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion by Sara Miles
Take This Bread isn’t a book about the Eucharist so much as a book about the powerful, transforming effect of the Eucharist in one woman’s life and the community she joined.
The story of an unexpected and terribly inconvenient Christian conversion, told by a very unlikely convert, Take This Bread is not only a spiritual memoir but a call to action. An atheist and a lesbian, Sara Miles lived an enthusiastically secular life as a restaurant cook and writer. Then one morning, for no earthly reason, she wandered into a church. She ate a piece of bread, took a sip of wine, and found herself radically transformed, embracing a faith she’d scorned and which would lead to feeding others in a way that she’d never imagined.
You can buy Take This Bread as a hardback, paperback or ebook from Amazon UK, Kobo and other booksellers – search for the ISBN: 978-0345495792 (paperback).