Thursday, May 17, 2007

Eucharist

I was recently told by another clergy type who visited my congregation that our communion service was very unique...he'd never seen one quite like it...and he really enjoyed it. Our relatively new tradition of the way we've begun celebrating the Lord's Supper at our congregation has been well recieved. It's now such a part of our identity that if you tried to change anything you'd think it had been that way forever, judging from the reactions.

I've been thinking about this a lot lately...the Eucharist, the Lord's Supper, Communion...whatever your community calls it. I've known a lot of congregations that have gotten wrapped up in controversies as to how it should be, or when it should be done.

I started wondering, are there any churches out there that celebrate it in a similar fashion to the way described in the book of Acts? I'm talking about, instead of a tidbit of symbolic elements during a short section of the "normal" worship service, a full-blown meal gathering. Instead of meeting in a sanctuary or worship center, meeting at a restaurant, someone's home, or a fellowship hall and having a community meal. At some point during the meal, the bread is shared in remembrance of Christ, the cup is shared in the same way, and songs of the purpose are sung. I'm not talking about just having a church dinner...though I love potlucks. I'm talking about having a church-wide meal for the sole purpose of celebrating the Eucharist.

If you know of a community that does something like this well, please comment with the info. I'd like to know a little bit more, maybe even go experience it myself.

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