Table: Communion Explained

Posted: July 20, 2011 in Living Stones Church, Preaching, worship

Because of our various backgrounds and experiences, I think we receive more questions about how we practice communion than any other topic.  Because of that, we will begin, this Sunday, a two week message series entitled, “Table:  Communion Explained.”  I’m excited about this Sunday because we are, in mass, going to attempt to recreate what Jesus and his disciples experienced during the Last Supper to give a historical context for our weekly observance of communion.  So come to get a taste of the Karpas (greens), maror (horseradish), charoseth (apples/cinnamon/nuts), matzoh (unleavened bread), and much more.  I promise it will be an interactive experience that will allow you to more fully appreciate the Gospel narrative of Jesus’ Last Supper and by extension, our communion.

  • Why do we observe communion weekly?
  • Is it supposed to be a celebration or is it supposed to be somber?
  • What does it mean to take communion in an “unworthy manner?”
  • Why do we celebrate an “open communion?”
  • Why grape juice instead of wine?
  • What is up with the chicklet we keep calling bread?
  • Is this supposed to be an introspective time?
  • Where did the idea of communion come from?
  • Why do different religious groups celebrate it differently?
See you Sunday!  Bring a friend.  I think it will be informative and encouraging to participate in!!
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Comments
  1. Jim says:

    When I was a Methodist, where we took communion quarterly whether we needed it or not, it was never explained why we did it or what its significance was. Say what you will about the Church of Christ, but they certainly taught me well the importance and significance of communion (or “The Lord’s Supper,” in their vernacular).

    As my sons and I are looking for a new church, I hope that God leads us to a congregation that observes communion weekly. I find great comfort and hope in the weekly observance.

    It sounds like you’re going to go over the complete Passover meal, which is a very interesting experience.

  2. the other ed says:

    I think I speak for everyone when I ask…Will there be hot wings?

  3. Doug says:

    What about wine? Doesn’t a Seder have wine?

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