Bread of Life [Song]

This Communion song was to first song ever co-written by Jo Boyce and Mike Stanley and remains their best-known and best-loved song.  It is widely used in schools and parishes across the UK and beyond.

bread of life cjm music

LYRICS

Bread of life, truth eternal,
Broken now to set us free.
The risen Christ, his saving power,
Is here in Bread and Wine for me.

Lord, I know I am not worthy to receive you.
You speak the words and I am healed.
Here at your table, Love’s mystery:
One bread, one cup, one family.

Lord by your cross, you reconciled us to the Father.
We have only to believe.
Your sacrifice, our victory,
Now by your blood we are redeemed.

Lord, you gave your people manna in the desert,
Still you fulfil our every need.
Lord when we hunger, Lord, when we thirst,
We come to you and we receive

Words & Music by Joanne Boyce & Mike Stanley
Copyright © 1996 CJM MUSIC
CCLI No. 2098899
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Liturgical Use(s): Communion

There is also a beautiful instrumental version of this song on the album Every Secret Longing.

GUITAR TUTORIAL VIDEO 

In this video Jo Boyce shares a few of her secret guitar tips for playing the song.

WHERE TO FIND IT 

Updated version with string quartet is available on the following recordings:

PDF SHEET MUSIC


What’s your story? Has this song has been part of your soundtrack of faith, or have you encountered it in a liturgy or at an event recently? Please leave a comment below…