Last night at our cell group, we celebrated Communion (breaking bread, drinking wine and remembering the Passion and victory of Jesus), using the text of 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 as a simple liturgical guide. This was the “worship” portion of our meeting and I was reflecting on what had made me decide to do that. The more I thought on it, the more resonances and influences I could see, such as:
- The passage from 1 Corinthians, which is deeply imprinted on my mind
- Anticipation of celebrating Communion with my church this Sunday (heightened by the fact that I’m leading worship that morning and have been preparing a suitable set of songs)
- The sermon we heard last Sunday (available online) which was about the subject of memorials, which includes Communion
- Reflections on discussions I had with another Christian a couple of years ago, when he told me about new churches in Honduras and how, attempting to find an authentic way to grow in faith rather than imposing Western models, they had turned to frequent celebration of Communion; I’d been inspired but hadn’t done much in the intervening time to make Communion more frequent with the Christians I regularly fellowship with.
But, of course, that is the whole point of remembering; drawing together and connecting those threads of recollection and discovering patterns that guide us forward. All in all, it was a very rich remembrance.
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