When I was asked to say a few thing about communion, the first thing I asked myself was why do we do it? Is it simply a part of the weekly ritual of The Dwelling Place: we sing, recite creeds, pray, listen to “He Who Would Be Head Pastor”, do communion, and eat? Or is there a unifying essence to each of these rituals as activities that help shape and form us?

I know people are going to get sick of hearing me say this, but I believe that people like the idea of community, but they don’t like putting in the work to build community. Communion is part of our work, both our easiest task and our toughest.

It is a source of unity for us, drawing us together as a body, binding us to the historic and universal church, and reminding us of who we are as a family (and I do see church as a family and our Sunday morning gatherings as a family reunion). It’s a living remembrance of why we come together and points to our future hope.

At the same time, it’s one of the toughest parts of our gathering. It’s a time of reflection and soul searching. Time between each of us and God as we examine our hearts and our relationship with Him. We examine our relationships with those around (and there are times I can’t take communion because of a relationship not being as it should). In this way, communion continues God’s mission of reconciliation: first between us and Him then between us and each other.

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.” –Matthew 26:26-29

In remembrance of Him.

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