Communion Bread

Celebrate the Lord’s Supper

During this time of social distancing, we are celebrating sharing the Lord’s Supper virtually on a selected number of Sundays each month. We invite all who wish to participate in the Eucharistic meal to take steps to prepare their own communion elements ahead of time.

On communion days, you are invited to set your table with bread and wine, if those items are available to you. Two relatively easy recipes for home-baked communion bread can be found at the bottom of this post, but any bread–or even crackers–will suffice. If you have no wine available, fruit juice or water can be substituted.

You can set your table before or during the prelude on Sunday morning. Whether you opt for fine china and crystal stemware or your everyday dishes, once you have set your plate and filled your cup, you may choose to cover them with a clean towel or napkins, until you are invited to prepare your communion table and uncover your elements during the meal portion of our worship together, when Pastor Elisa will preside over our tables–together, but apart.

Remember: worship begins with a prelude at 9:15, and our service begins at 9:30. We are LIVE on Facebook (find our live videos here) starting at 9:15 on Sunday mornings.

You can also listen to the worship service by phone (audio only) by dialing 608-291-6225. Watch or listen anytime by finding the video tab on our Facebook page, our YouTube Channel, or by dialing 608-291-6225 for an audio only service.

St. Stephen’s Communion Bread

(note: this recipe has been reduced by half for home use)

Sift dry ingredients together:
2 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. white flour (plus some for rolling out dough)
1 ¼ tsp. baking powder
1 ¼ tsp. Salt
Stir in 4 Tbsp. oil.
Mix wet ingredients together:
½ cup + 6 tbsp. very hot water
3 Tbsp. honey
3 Tbsp. molasses
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well. Dough should be slightly sticky–do not add too much extra flour or dough will become tough and crumbly.
Divide into three balls. Flatten each (by hand or roller) into a ¼ inch thick circles. (Each should be about 8 inches across). Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and brush the top with oil. Bake an additional 5-8 minutes and let cool.

Bread can be wrapped tightly and frozen for future use.

Flatbread (Maundy Thursday Recipe)

2 cups flour (plus some for rolling out dough)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 tablespoons butter or margarine
3/4 cup milk
1/2 tablespoon oil (for cooking)

  1. Combine butter and milk and heat until butter is just melted—on stove or in microwave.
  2. Combine flour salt, butter, and milk.
  3. Sprinkle work surface with flour, then knead dough for a few minutes until it is smooth. It doesn’t need much kneading. Add extra flour if the dough is too sticky.
  4. Wrap with cling wrap and rest at room temperature for 30 minutes or so.
  5. Dust bench top with flour, cut dough into 6 pieces, roll into balls, then roll out into about 1/8” thick rounds.
  6. Heat oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat (lower if you have a heavy based skillet).
  7. Place one flatbread in the pan, cook for around 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. It should bubble up. Then flip and cook the other side, pressing down if it puffs up. There should be small golden brown spots on both sides.
  8. Stack the cooked bread and keep wrapped with a tea towel — the moisture helps soften the surface, making them more pliable.
  9. Continue to cook the remaining pieces.
    If you don’t like to fry the dough, you can bake it on a griddle like lefse — no oil needed.

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