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AND…Book Number Six!

July 15, 2019

Grinning, he named a sixth book that has shaped our churches.

Bishop Frank Beard had just listed five books that have shaped our church. Those were The Bible, The United Methodist Hymnal, The United Methodist Book of Worship, The Book of Resolutions, and The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church.

[PLEASE NOTE: If you missed the details of our previous 5 books and their significance, feel free to scoot to last week’s blogs and back. You’ll be glad you did.]

Book Number Six? The church cookbook.

And he’s right.

Just about every church seems to have one.

And yeah, for sure they have sure “shaped” us, in many ways.

Sometimes a youth group made and sold them as fund raisers. I know of a United Methodist Men’s group that published one. Usually, it’s the product of The United Methodist Women’s organization.

Filled with favorite recipes, these cookbooks become local church treasures.

Rather than saying, “Hey, this is delicious! Can I get your recipe?” we can simply ask for the name of the dish, knowing it’s in the church cookbook.

Flipping through one from your own church, you see the names of saints who have gone on before the rest of us. Our memories of them can be almost as good as their published recipes for those special treats they brought to church dinners.

Somewhere in the archives and artifacts of a church cookbook is a secret recipe for making The Perfect Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich. I know because when he was quite young, son LJ4 and I tirelessly researched it, wrote it, submitted it. And it was included.

Has your church done a cookbook recently? If not, please consider this a nudge in that direction!

And I’m resisting, at least for now, the temptation to view our calendars as “the cookbooks of our lives.” Maybe we’ll get back to that later.

But right now, I’m gonna make The Perfect Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich for breakfast.

See you back here tomorrow, and as always I thank you reading and responding and sharing my humble blog that’s “Fresh-Brewed Daily.”

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