Looking for a profound way to illustrate Jesus’ words, “This is my body, broken for you”? Try Bread Man. This simple version of Bread Man is made of 1 large round loaf (head), dinner rolls (body), 2 long loaves (legs), and 2 shorter loaves (arms). The dinner rolls in the upper right corner are removed and replaced with a clear, heart shaped container filled with wine or grape juice.
Ideas for using Bread Man:
- Build Bread Man piece by piece during an opening processional or by having persons rise from different places within the congregation to bring their portion forward. If you have dancers, they could dance the pieces up to the altar table. Helpful Hint: Practice this with the breads still in their wrappers.
- Bring Bread Man in already assembled as part of a solemn, funeral style procession. Or, process the very broken Bread Man out in the same fashion. You might consider reading the burial of Jesus (Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56, or John 19:38-42) or Psalm 22 at this time.
- When using Bread Man for Holy Communion, have the person officiating break Bread Man as part of the Great Thanksgiving. Pour the wine/juice from the heart into the communion chalice(s). The communion servers then use Bread Man to serve the congregation.
- For an even stronger visual, have each member of the congregation break off their own piece of Bread Man as they come forward for communion. They could dip the bread into the wine/juice heart of Bread Man themselves or move forward to receive the wine/juice from a communion server. Helpful Hint: If you are using this method, you may want to supply the congregation with hand sanitizer before they reach Bread Man.
This display would be great for worship services emphasizing brokenness, the Body of Christ, Christ’s sacrifice, the cost of sin, the crucifixion, and Good Friday.
This altar table display is part of a series of displays designed by Robyn Pence and her team for the 2011 Summer Church Music Workshop sponsored by the Florida Chapter of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. The workshop is a terrific yearly event which includes sessions for adults and youth in areas such as traditional choir, contemporary worship, liturgical dance, sign language, handbells, banner making, altar table displays, organ, guitar, etc. plus great worship and fellowship.