Liturgy: 

 

To say before you start baking:

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu,

Melech haolam, hamotzi lechem min haaretz.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God,

Sovereign of all, who brings forth bread from the earth

 

Thank you for inviting us into creation

For giving us the flour and the yeast

The sugar and the oil

The eggs and the salt

Thank you for your transformative power

That these ingredients can come together

And form a new creation

That nourishes the body and soul 

 

To say as you knead the dough:

We remember the toil of our ancestors

The struggles they faced

The tears they wept

We remember our temples that were destroyed

Our families who were lost

We remember your body

Broken for us

As our hands grow tired

We do not stop

We remember your grace and love

We continue

 

To read as the dough rises for the first time:

Exodus 16

 

To say as you punch down the dough and let it rise a second time:

Oh Lord, we will not be overcome

When the empires rise against us

We will not be defeated

We will rise again in your resurrection power

 

To say before you braid the dough:

Guide my hands

Calm my soul

Breathe life into this dough

May this braid represent our own lives

Weaving together with those around us

 

To read as the dough rises for the third time: 

Matthew 26:17-30

 

To say as you put the bread in the oven:

May this bread sustain us

Fill our bodies with warmth

May the taste remind us

Of your sweetness

 

May the mouths who taste

Of this goodness

Remember your goodness

May they feel wholly loved

Wholly seen

May they know

They are never alone

 

To say as you serve the bread:

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu,

Melech haolam, hamotzi lechem min haaretz.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God,

Sovereign of all, who brings forth bread from the earth