One of the most intimate acts of discipleship is communion. I imagine the curiosity of the disciples as Jesus took bread and wine and said to them,
“This is my body, take and eat. This is my blood, take and drink.”
Following the meal. It is always a privilege to announce,
“The body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ, strengthen you and keep you in his grace. Amen.”
Such a beautiful and meaningful expression of our faith sadly turns into controversy. It’s as if we didn’t even hear the Post Communion Blessing, that these earthly elements, blessed and received, fill us with Jesus’ strength and grace, as we bicker over the particulars:
- At what age do congregation members receive communion?
- How do we properly receive communion?
- Does the bread and wine really turn into Jesus body and blood? Question of transubstantiation.
- Is a wafer an acceptable alternative to bread? Is grape juice acceptable for wine?
- Can you eat the wafer if it falls on the floor?
- Should you stand or kneel down?
- Are Gluten-free wafers an acceptable according to the Church?
- Which one is proper: Intinction, Common Cup, or individual glasses?
Children four years of age through sixth grade will receive an Evite.
All others are invited to sign up at the church office, or indicate your attendance on your welcome card after worship. email@example.com / 952-881-5801.
Between now and then, it would be fun to hear your comments on these:
What does it mean to you to receive communion?
What questions do you have about communion?