Instructions

Welcome to Friday, the start of the weekend! I hope you are planning on joining us this weekend for our outdoor service at 9:30 to celebrate World Communion Sunday!  Don’t forget, only ONE service this weekend! 

The passage for today takes us out of the Gospels and into the life of the early church.  When you read you will see that already the early church is already have little growing pains.  When the early church would gather, they gathered in home and they would eat a meal together and then celebrate communion.  However, it was, for some, difficult to bend the rules of society and allow the rich and the poor to sit at the same table and eat the same meal.  Because of this, in the same house, some were eating grand meals and some were eating meager meals, and then all coming together for communion.  This just wasn’t right and Paul had to say something about it. 

I invite you now to read the scripture and then I will join you in the video to talk a little about the United Methodist view of an open table for all. 

Read: 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Questions to Consider:

  1. What church tradition do you come from?  What were views did that tradition have on communion? 
  2. What do you think about the open table?

This weekend when you “come to the table” remember it is thin space, a place where the grace of God is freely flowing.  Remember to come with an open heart and an open mind ready to hear from God. 

Prayer:  God of Wonder, we thank you for the gift of the table, that thin space, that place to come and be close to you.  Help us to be open to the gift of your grace.  Amen.

Blessings,

One thought on “Instructions

  1. Open communion to all is one of the best reasons to belong to the Methodist church! To me that Is the way God wanted it..
    Open to all, everyone invited,

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